The Orioles took advantage of Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel¿s control problems, scoring two runs on a pair of bases-loaded walks in the fifth inning on their way to a 4-1 win over the Astros in front of an announced 29,609 at Minute Maid Park.
The Orioles clawed their way back from the hole dug by Chris Tillman -- thanks in part to rookie Jonathan Schoop's first multihomer game -- and catcher Nick Hundley, in his first game with the club, quickly went from goat to hero in a 7-6 victory in 10 innings.
Although it was just a late May game against a team outside the American League East division, the Orioles' 4-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday afternoon had the feel of a game they just couldn't afford to lose.
It's expected that there will be another fresh pitcher in the bullpen tonight when the Orioles open a four-game series against the Cleveland Indians at Camden Yards after Chris Tillman could only go one-plus inning Wednesday.
Chris Davis hit three homers, including back-to-back shots with left fielder Nelson Cruz in a four-run fifth, as the Orioles bashed the Pittsburgh Pirates, 9-2, in their first game at PNC Park since 2011.
Orioles left-hander Zach Britton handled the bat well in limited action in 2011, and the club thought he might be needed to pitch multiple innings and stay in the game when the pitcher's spot in the lineup comes up.
Right-handed reliever Brad Brach had been in the majors for parts of three seasons with the San Diego Padres, but he admits he might have had some jitters when he made his Orioles debut on May 3, allowing three runs and getting just four outs against Minnesota.
Second baseman Jonathan Schoop watched Orioles center fielder Adam Jones carry the offense with a pair of towering solo home runs before he hit a two-run shot in the club's 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.
Extra days of rest have helped right-hander Miguel Gonzalez. On regular four days rest, he¿s 12-6 with a 4.30 ERA in 23 career starts. But when he receives more than four days rest, he¿s 9-7 with a 2.97 ERA in 24 career starts.
After an unsightly April in which he was winless and struggled with control while pitching to a 6.59 ERA, Jimenez turned the calendar to a new month Friday night and dominated a Twins team he¿s had much success against in his career.
Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, who said he has never dealt previously with an oblique injury, said he had two platelet-rich-plasma injections into his left side Monday, which could help him to return to baseball activities quicker.
After almost one month of the new instant replay system, there have been plenty of praises and criticisms as teams, umpires and Major League Baseball continue to search for the best ways to reach accurate calls using replay.
It took 10 innings and a couple gifts from the Kansas City Royals, but the Orioles pulled out a 3-2 victory Saturday. They scored their winning run on a hit batsman, two pitcher¿s errors after bunts and then a clutch single by Nick Markakis.
The Orioles didn't show any sign of fatigue early, jumping on Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz for six runs in the third inning. And they withstood a late rally by Boston for a 7-6 victory in front of an announced sellout crowd of 37,513 at Fenway Park.
As the Orioles left Boston on Monday afternoon ¿ their bullpen depleted from accounting for 7 2/3 innings over the past 24 hours -- left-hander T.J. McFarland was on his way to Toronto to meet up with the club there to give the Orioles an added relief arm.
During every game, Orioles manager Buck Showalter has a card with him that tells him which plays are reviewable and which ones aren¿t. The color coding is simple. The plays in green can be reviewable, the plays in red cannot.
Miguel Gonzalez, who has earned the reputation in his three seasons with the Orioles as a gamer who competes in any situation, threw five scoreless innings in the club's 3-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on a frigid afternoon at Camden Yards.
It ended 2-1 in the 12th when Steve Lombardozzi tripled with one out and then scored on David Lough¿s single to left against Todd Redmond (0-1) -- sending what was remaining of the announced crowd of 30,446 at Camden Yards home happy.
Following the Orioles¿ 4-2 loss to New York in the Yankees¿ home opener at Yankees Stadium on Monday afternoon, right-handed starter Ubaldo Jimenez talked about being crippled by not being able to locate his breaking ball.
In between the Opening Day cheers for their favorite Orioles -- as they gave rousing ovations to Chris Davis, Adam Jones and Manny Machado -- the announced sellout crowd of 46,685 at Camden Yards welcomed left fielder Nelson Cruz to Baltimore with "Cruuzzz" cheer as he ran down the orange carpet during pregame introductions on Monday afternoon.