BALTIMORE - Baltimore Orioles left fielder Nolan Reimold did not get off to the best of starts this season after getting off to a great one in 2012. Reimold was red-hot last April, but injured his neck and never played after the first month of the season.
This year, Reimold has been able to stay healthy, but his production the first couple weeks was lower than last April. But after Saturday afternoon's performance, it appears he's broken out of his slump.
Reimold went 2 for 4 with a solo home run and a game-winning two-run double, lifting the Orioles to a 7-5 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers before 26, 811 at Camden Yards in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.
"It's been a slow start to the year," Reimold said. "I had nowhere to go but up, so it was good to put together a good game and feel like I contributed to a win."
Reimold entered the game hitting just .200 and had driven in only three runs. He doubled his RBI total and homered for the second-straight game on Saturday.
With one out in the bottom of the eighth inning and the game tied at 5, Chris Davis doubled off the wall in straightaway center field. J.J. Hardy then walked.
After Davis and Hardy both advanced on a passed ball, Dodgers reliever Paco Rodriguez (0-1) intentionally walked Steve Pearce to load the bases.
Reimold then delivered an opposite-field double that landed over the reach of Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, scoring Davis and Hardy. Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said he was glad to see the strong performance from Reimold.
"I'm happy for him," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. "The first week in spring training, even Brady [Anderson], who's such a big supporter of all our guys, didn't think he was going to make the start of the season."
Orioles starter Jason Hammel got off to a rough start, but he was able to settle down after the first two innings. Hammel gave up a three-run home run to Andre Ethier in the first and an RBI sacrifice fly to Mark Ellis in the second.
After that, Hammel pitched four shutout innings, giving up just two hits, both in the fifth inning. The 4-0 deficit was the largest Baltimore has overcome this season.
"I thought I did pretty well keeping the guys in it," Hammel said. "It gave the team a chance to battle back, and they did."
Hardy got Baltimore back into the game with a two-run home run to left in the second.
The Orioles (9-7) took the lead for the first time when Pearce's RBI single gave them a 5-4 lead in the sixth. The Dodgers (7-9) tied the game back up in the next inning, however, when Ellis scored on a wild pitch from Orioles reliever Pedro Strop.
Strop was the lone Baltimore reliever to give up a run. Brian Matusz pitched an inning, Darren O'Day (2-0) pitched 2-3 of an inning, and Jim Johnson pitched a perfect ninth to get his seventh save of the season.
Hammel was in danger of exiting the game after the first two innings, but he retired the side in order in both the third and sixth.
"I really had to be a little more economical there with the pitches, because it was going to be a short day if not." Hammel said.
After not getting many long outings from starters to begin the season, Showalter said he was pleased to see Hammel make it through six.
"It looked like that was going to be three or four innings," Showalter said. "I don't think he settled down, I think he got more mad."