The Orioles are proud of their long-standing reputation as a lineup full of fence-busting behemoths, and they stayed in character on the way to Wednesday
The Orioles are proud of their long-standing reputation as a lineup full of fence-busting behemoths, and they stayed in character on the way to Wednesday night's 3-1 victory and a sweep of the short season-opening series against the Toronto Blue Jays at Oriole Park.
Adam Jones got it started with his first home run of the season, a two-run shot that scored Jonathan Schoop and gave the O's a one-run lead in the third inning. Chris Davis followed up that big fly with a stratospheric shot in the fourth that landed in the Orioles bullpen to the delight of the announced crowd of 16,086.
It wasn't exactly a meteor shower, but the O's are hoping they won't need to score a boatload of runs every night to win. They certainly didn't in the second game of the season because Dylan Bundy turned in a terrific seven-inning performance in which he allowed just a run on four hits and struck out eight batters without a walk.
Bundy threw 99 pitches and retired 14 of the last 15 batters he faced before giving way to reliever Brad Brach to start the eighth. Brach gave up a leadoff double to Justin Smoak, but retired the Jays in order after that on a foul pop and a pair of strikeouts. Closer Zach Britton did the rest, though not without building the suspense.
The Blue Jays loaded the bases with two singles and a one-out walk, but Britton got former Oriole Steve Pearce to bounce into a game-ending double play.
Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ also turned in a quality start, allowing just five hits over seven innings. He struck out nine and also did not walk a batter.
AJ moves up: With his two-run home run in the third inning, Jones moved into a fifth-place tie with Rafael Palmeiro on the Orioles career home run list. It's No. 223.
Davis milestone: Davis obviously wasn't going to let Jones hog all the glory … and history. He came up in the fourth inning and blasted a mammoth fly ball over the center field fence for home run No. 200 as an Oriole. The ball landed in the Orioles bullpen, so it technically was an opposite field homer, and when Davis starts driving the ball the other way, it's usually an indicator of good things to come.
Bundy's first impression: Bundy wasted no time establishing his repertoire in the first inning of his first start. He struck out Devon Travis, Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista and needed a total of 13 pitches to do that. He did not allow a baserunner until Smoak singled to left field with one out in the third.
Eighth is enough: Both starting pitchers gave up their first hit of the game to the eighth batter in the opposing batting order. Happ had allowed a baserunner when Manny Machado reached on an error in the first, but the first hit he surrendered was to Schoop leading off the third. Both teams scored that inning.