Kevin Cowherd: Let's not spoil Orioles' fun by looking ahead to tough stretch

Mark Reynolds, making his first start at first base, looked like a Gold Glover when he stabbed a sharp grounder off the bat of Kila Ka'aihue in the fourth inning to start a 3-6-3 double-play from his knees. One batter later, right fielder Nick Markakis gunned down Seth Smith trying to stretch a single into a double.

In the fifth, Nolan Reimold reached over the left-field wall to take a homer away from A's catcher Kurt Suzuki. And to make the catch, Reimold had to fight off an adult fan with a glove the size of a frying pan.

(Dude, you're a grown man. Leave the glove at home next time. Let the kids catch the home run balls.)

And one batter after that, Adam Jones made a nice, diving catch in center field to rob Eric Sogard of a hit.

"I thought we played a real good defensive game, which is probably the difference in us being in that game," Showalter said.

It probably was, what with portly A's starter Bartolo Colon pitching a shutout into the ninth inning.

(How old is this guy now, 56? OK, he's really only 38. But it feels like he has been pitching since the dawn of the space age.)

Anyway, early in the season or not, that was a big win for the Orioles on Sunday.

Will it carry over on this next road trip, to the big series that starts Monday night at Yankee Stadium? Showalter shrugged.

"We had a good game today,"' he said. "Everybody feels good. We'll have a good train ride to New York. I take some pleasure in seeing them feel good about themselves. But they're mature enough to know we have a challenge ahead of us and how long the season is.

"But I've been real proud of them. Ever since the first day they got down to camp, there's been a real good karma about them."

Is that a quote for the ages or what?

When an old-school manager like Showalter starts talking about good karma, you know the team's having fun.

Listen to Kevin Cowherd at 7:20 a.m. Tuesdays on 105.7 The Fan's "The Norris and Davis Show."

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