With the Wrigley experience now in the rear view mirror, the Orioles got back to what they do best. Hit the long ball and play good defense.
In their return from the nine game roadie last night at the Yard, the Orioles dropped five bombs, including back to back to back jacks in the fifth en route to the 9-1 win.
Starter Chris Tillman was brilliant once again going seven strong innings giving up only three hits and one ER. Quietly, the team’s de facto ace is 11-5 now and has 8 straight quality starts.
But it was the Orioles offense that showed back up after only scoring 4 total runs at Wrigley is the past weekend. Nick Markakis broke out of a 0-for-20 slump in the third inning with a two run HR that was followed up by recently hot hitting Steve Pearce’ long bomb putting the Orioles up 3-1. Then in the fifth inning, Delmon Young popped a 3 run shot that was followed by J.J. Hardy and Chris Davis (yes that Chris Davis) to complete the HR trifecta.
And although center fielder Adam Jones didn’t get into the HR derby act at the plate, he did steal one from the Rays with one of the best defensive plays of the season.
Tonight, the Orioles will look to make it two straight over the Rays and it won’t be easy with Alex Cobb (9-6, 3.01) who has allowed 2 runs or less in his last 8 straight starts. Wei Yen Chen will get the ball for the Orioles (13-4, 3.76).
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