Carroll County Times

Orioles improve to 4-1 on road trip with shellacking of Giants

SAN FRANCISCO - The Baltimore Orioles have already had a most successful road trip. After Sunday's 10-2 win over the San Francisco Giants before 41,622 at AT&T Park, they have four wins in five games on the trip and their first consecutive road series wins since May.
"We know what's ahead of us. There's 40-some odd games left," manager Buck Showalter said. "We try and take a game and get after it and see where it takes us. It's a journey. It won't be long until we make the last turn."
The Orioles (65-52) won both their games in San Diego and two of three against the Giants. Sunday's game was tight for seven innings, but just as they did against the Padres on Wednesday, they scored seven runs in the last two innings to win going away.
"I tell you, if I knew how they were going to turn out, I'd enjoy them a little more, but I don't," Showalter said.
Bud Norris started and allowed two first-inning runs to San Francisco (52-65) in the first inning. In the second, Showalter sent trainer Richie Bancells to the mound to check on Norris, who experienced some back tightness Sunday morning.
Norris pitched through the tightness and was removed for a pinch-hitter in the sixth. Showalter said Norris would get an extra day of rest because of Thursday's off-day.
He allowed two runs on six hits in five innings, walking two and striking out two and had to keep his emotions in check when he was pinch-hit for.
"I was a little upset but I understand why. It's not about me, it's about the team winning the game. And two out of three is huge," Norris said.
Troy Patton (2-0) threw a scoreless sixth. Patton, Tommy Hunter, Darren O'Day and Francisco Rodriguez allowed just one hit in the final four innings.
Matt Cain (7-8) allowed just one hit, a third-inning single by Norris in the first five innings.
In the sixth, Brian Roberts tripled, and Nate McLouth scored him with a single to cut the Giants' lead to 2-1.
J.J. Hardy's two-run home run, his 21st gave Baltimore a 3-2 lead in the seventh.
"Just toward the end there we scored a lot of runs. It an offense that's capable of doing that for sure. It seems like we're always able to put some runs on the board and if our pitching keeps it close we feel like we've got a good shot and that's what we did today," Hardy said. "These games are a lot closer than what the score is showing for sure."
In the eighth, the Orioles scored four runs on an RBI single by Nick Markakis, a run-scoring double by Adam Jones, an RBI single by Matt Wieters and a sacrifice fly by Roberts.
Norris watched the rally from the clubhouse. In his third start since being traded from Houston, he was thrilled to see the runs scored.
"It's something I'm definitely not really used to. Screaming in the clubhouse, I think I scared one of the trainers off the table," Norris said.
Jones' three-run homer in the ninth was his 24th and now has a career high 85 RBIs. In his last nine games, Jones is 17 for 36.
"It's been good. We've been winning. I don't care individually, I just want to win. Winning makes me happy. I can be 0 for 4 as long as we win," Jones said. "We just kept fighting, kept clawing. Eventually the hitters are going to come through with men in scoring position."
NOTES: Wilson Betemit, who's yet to play this season due to a severely sprained right knee, will move from Gulf Coast to High Class-A Frederick on Monday to continue his rehab. ... Lew Ford, who had sports hernia surgery, will move from Gulf Coast to Class-AA Bowie on Tuesday. ... Hardy's 73 home runs this season are the most among major league shortstops.
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