Orioles reliever Tommy Hunter closed out the game with three shutout innings, which helped an Orioles bullpen that needed to use four relievers in the team's 7-5 Game 1 victory and kept the Orioles from needing to make a roster move following the game to replenish the bullpen.
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“It's huge,” Machado said. “We've been here since 9, 10 o'clock in the morning. We know we've got to come back here [Sunday] at 10. We know we just have to keep the same momentum going. It definitely helps that we came out with two games today. It's tough. We've been out there a long time and to come out with two good wins, two close, good games, it's just great.”
Orioles left-fielder Nolan Reimold led the way in Game 1, driving in three runs, including a game-winning two-run double in the eighth inning that proved to be the difference.
The Orioles dealt South Korean left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu his roughest big-league start. Ryu entered the day having allowed just six runs in his first three major league starts.
"He's throwing his changeup anytime in the count — 3-0, 2-0,” Showalter said of Ryu. “There's no fastball count with him. You can see why they're so excited about him. He's got a great feel for pitching."
But Ryu allowed five runs on eight hits on Saturday, including a pair of homers – J.J. Hardy's two-run shot in the second inning and Reimold's solo homer in the fourth — after yielding just one homer in his first three starts.
“To beat two good starters, Ryu and Beckett, and a hell of a lineup, it wasn't easy,” Jones said. “But this team always fights. We fight to that 27th out.”
Earlier in the day, Showalter talked about how badly he wanted to avoid a doubleheader because of the way it can tax a bullpen and disrupt a starting rotation schedule. But after getting two wins in one day, he couldn't argue with the result.
"It's been a while since we have,” Showalter said. “You look at the math of it, it's hard. And it's hard because there's an atmosphere of, once you get that first one, you either kind of relax and it's good for you or you relax and it goes the other way. Our guys came out trying to compete.”