It hasn't exactly been a laser show here at chilly Target Field, but the Orioles are getting the job done against Francisco Liriano.
Through four innings, they have scored five runs on nine hits and a walk off Liriano, who gave up a total of six earned runs and 26 hits over his first five starts. Very few of the hits have been well struck, but they've all been well placed and that's all that matters.
Liriano needed just seven pitches to get out of a perfect first inning and 10 pitches to retire the side in the second. But he needed to throw 27 pitches in the Orioles' two-run third and 32 in the three-run fourth.
Julio Lugo, Nick Markakis and Cesar Izturis all have two hits and Markakis has driven in three runs. Lugo and Izturis also have RBIs. The five runs are the most the Orioles have scored in a game that Jeremy Guthrie has pitched.
Guthrie isn't very sharp either. He's allowed two home runs through four innings, a two-run shot to Justin Morneau in the first and a solo shot to Michael Cuddyer in the fourth. The Orioles lead is 5-3 heading into the bottom of the fifth.