Starter Bud Norris delivered the worst performance of his Orioles career on Friday afternoon, giving up eight runs on seven hits over just three innings in the O's home opener against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Norris gave up four runs in the first inning, one in the third and three of the five runs the Jays scored in the fourth before giving way to reliever Brad Brach. The only time he came close to giving up that many runs as an Oriole was on Aug. 23, 2013, when he allowed seven earned runs in 4 2/3 innings against the Oakland A's in his sixth start after being acquired from the Houston Astros.
The last time he gave up eight runs or more in a start was as a member of the Astros on July 20, 2012, when he allowed nine over 4 1/3 innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Norris is coming off the best season of his six-year career. He set career bests in wins (15) and ERA (3.65) to send him into his free agent option year. but obviously did not want to start it this way.