Thursday, August 16, 2012

Orioles Put Away Red Sox Again & Melky Cabrera

While the baseball waits for the Orioles to fold, they keep doing what they have done best for the month of August.

They win.
Baltimore did that again on Wednesday night as they used a five-run sixth inning to finish off Boston, 5-3.

Amazingly, for the first half of the game, the Orioles were hamstrung by Red Sox starting pitcher Aaron Cook. He had a no-hitter for five innings until the sixth inning. Then, Cook and the Red Sox found a way to hand off the game to the Orioles.

With Boston up 1-0 in the sixth, an out recorded in the frame and runners on first and third, Adam Jones hit a grounder back to Cook. It seemed that Cook would get an easy double play; however, he threw the ball into centerfield and enabled J.J. Hardy – who was at third base – to score.

Cook (3-6) would take the loss for Boston.

The score would be tied at two after Cook’s errant throw, but the flood gates opened up from there. Doubles by Mark Reynolds and Matt Wieters in the frame to left field helped the Orioles to five runs and en route to their 64th victory of the year.

Miguel Gonzalez (5-2) won his 5th game of the season, as he went six innings and gave up two runs. His start was not the greatest; however, he kept his team in the game and got outs when needed. Once again, the Baltimore bullpen came through and J.C. Romero, Luis Ayala and Pedro would hold off Boston for the next two innings.

Jim Johnson would pitch in the ninth inning and earn his 35th save of the year.

The Orioles are now 64-53 and are still the Wild Card leaders. By virtue of their win last night, they will take another series from Boston; however, they have a tough road around with the Tigers and Rangers away from the confines of Camden Yards.

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