Jeremy Guthrie is busy producing the sixth straight strong starting performance out of the Orioles rotation, and it looks like he might get rewarded for it. He has dueled with White Sox left-hander Mark Buehrle into the sixth inning, and the Orioles just rallied for two runs on a leadoff walk and consecutive doubles by Nick Markakis and Ty Wigginton to break a 1-1 tie.
Guthrie has been on quite a roll. In his previous four starts, he has worked into or through the seventh innings each time and given up a total of six earned runs (27 2/3) innings. Throw in his first seven innings today, and his ERA over his last five starts is 1.82.
Instant update: Didn't expect Guthrie to return for the eighth, but he did and retired the side in order in impressive fashion, striking out Carlos Quentin to end the inning. His ERA over his last five starts now stands at 1.77. He's at 116 pitches, so we'll probably see Alfredo Simon in the ninth.
Key stat: The starting rotation has posted a combined 1.94 ERA during the first six games of this seven-game homestand.