Carroll County Times

Matusz finally ends win drought

NEW YORK - It was a most eventful day and night for the Baltimore Orioles.

There was Buck Showalter's 1,000th win as a major league manager, Brian Matusz's first victory after 12 straight defeats, and Nolan Reimold's bulging disk in his back.

On Tuesday, Matusz won his first game since June 6, 2011, pitching into the seventh inning in the Orioles' 7-1 win over the New York Yankees before 37,790 at Yankee Stadium.

Showalter was mobbed by his team at home plate after the game. He didn't want to go, but was touched by the gesture, and the Orioles enjoyed champagne in the clubhouse afterwards.

"That's embarrassing, but I can't tell you it doesn't tug at your heart a little," Showalter said. "It's been an honor to manage this long."

His moment, making him the 58th manager to win 1,000, was made even more special by Matusz.

For a generation, Mike Boddicker held the club record for most consecutive losses with 13, and Matusz was a threat to tie the mark. Instead he pitched 6 1-3 solid innings, allowing one runs and six hits. He walked one and struck out four.

Matusz had become sick of the losing and the talking about losing.

"It's nice to be able to get that win, and kind of get out of that losing drought and put that in the past and move forward and not hear about that," he said.

"It couldn't be more exciting being Buck's 100th win," Matusz said. "Such an honor to be a part of that game to come away with a win."

Matusz (1-3) allowed a long home run to the second batter he faced, New York's Curtis Granderson. It was Granderson's ninth.

Chris Davis tied the score at 1-1 in the top of the second with a long home run to right-center. It was his fifth of the season. And in the third, the Orioles took a 3-1 lead on J.J. Hardy's fourth of the year, a two-run shot off Phil Hughes (1-4).

Hardy was glad to be a part of the celebration at home plate, and to get his first multi-RBI game of the season.

"I hadn't thought about it like that, but it is nice. It's nice to be a part of it," Hardy said. "That was a pretty special night."

In the sixth, the Orioles (15-9) got three more runs on Wilson Betemit's RBI single, and a two-base error by left fielder Eduardo Nunez. It prevented Nick Johnson from getting his first hit in two years. In the eighth, Johnson finally got his first hit in his 30th at-bat, and RBI double that gave Baltimore a 7-1 lead.

"You go through things like that, sort of think too much," Johnson said. "It kind of gets in your head and you think too much at the plate instead of going up there and getting a pitch."

Matusz was relieved with one out in the seventh. Darren O'Day got through that inning and the eighth. Luis Ayala finished the game and watched the celebration.

NOTES: Reimold was sent back to Baltimore to have his back looked at. He reported tingling in his fingers after Monday's game and it was reported that he had a bulging disk, but Showalter said treatment will enable him to meet the club in Boston on Friday. ... The Orioles were missing hitting coach Jim Presley, who had his second bout with kidney stones. ... Tsuyoshi Wada completed a series of tests on his left elbow, and Dan Duquette, the team's executive vice president of baseball operations said Dr. Lewis Yocum, the orthopedist he had consulted, recommended Tommy John surgery. ... Mark Reynolds, in a 3-for-31 slump, was not in the lineup.