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Orioles won because Hunter stayed in the zone

It would be easy to criticize Tommy Hunter after Friday night's 7-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays, but let's praise him instead. He certainly didn't overpower the Jays. He didn't fool them, either. He gave up four home runs over six innings, and he still did a heck of a job.

Why? Because he was efficient with those four home runs -- giving up every one of them with no one on base.

Hunter gave up six hits, and four of them were home runs, which isn't exactly a winning ratio, but he walked just two and kept the bases clear (insert joke here), which gave the Orioles a chance to win.

Brandon Morrow can say the same. He also gave up six hits (over seven innings), including a pair of solo shots, but walked only one batter to minimize the damage.

Can't help but think that those four Blue Jays home runs would have led to another Rogers Centre blowout a year ago, but the Orioles bounced back from a discouraging three-game series against the Yankees and moved back above .500. That's no small thing on the front end of a 10-game road trip that started in Toronto and will end against the well-heeled Los Angeles Angels.

Big performances all around, from Wilson Betemit's two-run go-ahead single to Robert Andino's homer to the two three-hit performances by Adam Jones and Nolan Reimold. Impressive night for the bullpen, too.

I'm thinking this might be watershed moment for Reimold, who came into the game with a handful of soft hits and hammered the ball all night.

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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