It was a clean sweep of victories for the three full-season affiliates in the Orioles' minor league system.
The Triple-A Norfolk Tides beat the Toledo Mud Hens on the road, and the Double-A Bowie Baysox topped the Harrisburg Senators. The Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds used some help from an Orioles veteran to beat the Kannapolis Intimidators.
Norfolk Tides (AAA)
Score: Norfolk Tides 5, Toledo Mud Hens 2 (Box score)
Recap: Starting pitcher Chris Waters (5-2) gave up two runs and five hits in six innings, and the Tides cruised to a 5-2 win over Toledo.
The 28-year-old left-hander walked five batters and collected three strikeouts in the game. He threw 99 pitches (59 strikes), so you can probably count Waters out of Thursday's start for the Orioles if Koji Uehara is unable to pitch.
Five different players -- Jolbert Cabrera, Justin Christian, Brandon Pinckney, Steve Torrealba and Justin Turner -- each contributed one RBI for the Tides.
Torrealba led Norfolk with two hits, and center fielder Joey Gathright added a double and two runs scored. Tides catcher Matt Wieters was 1-for-3 with two walks. Pinckney was added to Norfolk's roster earlier in the day from the Baysox.
Tides closer Jim Miller allowed three hits in the ninth inning, but the Mud Hens failed to score a run and he picked up his 11th save of the season. The 27-year-old right-hander is 1-1 with a 0.98 ERA in 18 appearances in 2009.Bowie Baysox (AA)
Score: Bowie Baysox 3, Harrisburg Senators 2 (Box score)
Recap: Designated hitter Joe Nowicki hit a two-run home run in the second inning, and the Baysox held on for a 3-2 victory over Harrisburg.
Bowie starting pitcher Sean Gleason (2-3) allowed two runs and eight hits in five innings. The 23-year-old right-hander struck out four batters and issued one walk.
Baysox left fielder Jonathan Tucker led the team with three hits and a run scored. Second baseman Miguel Abreu collected two doubles for Bowie, and third baseman Mike Costanzo added an RBI.
Bowie's bullpen continues to excel, as Wilfrido Perez and Josh Perrault combined to seal the win. Perez pitched a scoreless inning before Perrault recorded the final three outs for his fifth save of the season.
Perrault hasn't allowed a run since May 9, and the two pitchers have only allowed opponents to score seven runs in 40 1/3 innings in 2009.
Delmarva Shorebirds (A)
Score: Delmarva Shorebirds 4, Kannapolis Intimidators 3 (Box score)
Recap: Orioles designated hitter Luke Scott, who served as the left fielder in tonight's game as part of his rehabilitation assignment, was 2-for-2 with a solo home run in Delmarva's 4-3 win over Kannapolis.
The 30-year-old outfielder hit the homer inside the foul pole in left field against Intimidators starting pitcher Charlie Leesman during the first inning. Scott walked in his second at-bat and hit a single before being removed for a pinch runner in the sixth inning.
Shorebirds third baseman Tyler Kolodny, shortstop Greg Miclat and catcher Luis Bernardo each added an RBI.
Delmarva starting pitcher Nathan Moreau gave up one run and one hit in 4 2/3 innings. The 22-year-old left-hander struck out five batters and issued five walks, but he didn't factor in the decision.
Relief pitcher Raul Rivero (4-0) tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings to collect the win for the Shorebirds, and closer Brandon Cooney recorded the final two outs for this seventh save of the season.