Written by Chris Slade
Today's afternoon game got started at 4:05 ET with Bud Norris (5-5, 3.94 ERA) and R.A. Dickey (6-4, 4.08 ERA) on the mound. Josh Thole drew a bases loaded walk to give the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead in the 2nd. That would be all the Jays mustered against Norris. The Orioles tied the game up in the 4th on a sac fly by Nick Hundley. In the 6th inning, Chris Davis gave the Orioles a 3-1 lead on a big two-run shot that landed in the bullpen. Brett Lawrie cut the Oriole lead to 3-2 in the 8th but Zach Britton closed the door in the 9th for the 3-2 win.
Bud Norris followed up his gem against Boston with another strong effort today against Toronto. Norris struggled early on, walking in a run with the bases loaded and one out in the 2nd. But after Dave Wallace's coaching visit, Norris was golden from then on, shutting down a potent Blue Jays lineup. He's been showing a usable changeup lately and was able to mix it in effectively today to keep the tough lefties in the Blue Jays lineup in check. Like his last outing, the fastball command was excellent and he picked up a couple strikeouts on his plus slider as well. He ran out of gas a little with two outs in the 7th, allowing two singles before being removed for Darren O'Day.
Final Line: 6.2 IP, 7 H, ER, BB, 5 K, Win
Darren O'Day entered the 7th and got Melky Cabrera out on a groundout. He allopwed a single and got two outs in the 8th before Brian Matusz entered.
Matusz issued a walk and was immediately removed for Ryan Webb who allowed an RBI single before working out of the inning.
Zach Britton walked a batter but pitched a scoreless 9th to pick up the save.
The Oriole bats were held in check the first time throught he order agaisnt R.A. Dickey and his tough knuckleball. The Orioles got it going in the 4th inning with a pair of singles and scored a run on Nick Hundley's sac fly. Chris Davis came up with the big hit in the 6th, a two-run shot that turned out to be the difference maker in the game.
Defensive Highlights/ Lowlights
The Orioles turned a key double play to end the inning in the 1st.
In the 8th inning, Edwin Encarnacion hit a double that nearly score Jose Bautista from second. But, a strong throw from Nelson Cruz and an equally strong relay throw from J.J. Hardy nabbed Bautista on a bang bang play at home. The play was reviewed and upheld.
Key Moments In The Game
After walking in a run in the 2nd, Bud Norris came up with a crucial strikeout of Anthony Gose and a gorundout to the mound from Jose Reyes, which prevented the big inning and allowed Norris to settle in.
The Cruz-Hardy assist which prevented a key run from scoring for the Blue Jays in the 8th.
Other Notes/ Musings
When Adam Jones rounded first on an errant throw by Juan Francisco, he knocked the first base umpire over, accidentally I hope, while he made his turn. We'll probably be seeing this highlight again on Not Top 10 next Friday.
Bud Norris has now allowed just one run in his last 14.2 innings pitched.
Orioles go for the series win tomorrow with Chris Tillman and J.A. Happ on the mound.
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