Toronto out-homered them, but the Orioles took the first of three games against the Blue Jays with a 7-5 win on Friday night.
The Jays bashed four homers, all solo shots, but the O's answered with three solo homers of their own. Tommy Hunter was tagged for five runs (four earned) in six innings, walking two and fanning two. Hunter allowed just six hits, but four of them went over the fence.
Robert Andino and Nolan Reimold both homered for the first time this season and Adam Jones went deep for the second time in 2012. But it was Wilson Betemit's clutch single with two down and the bases loaded in the eighth that won the game.
Betemit, playing third base in place of Mark Reynolds, provided the clutch hit the O's have been lacking the past few games, and made a few nice defensive plays in the field. Reynolds was the DH for the game and went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. Buck is going to get Reynolds some playing time at first base...apparently our griping is being heard! I would take a few errors if he was hitting, but Mark is batting just .143 with no home runs, two RBIs and 10 strikeouts in his first six games. Still, I'm confident his bat will heat up soon.
The O's are in a four-way tie for first in the division with a 4-3 record, and square-off against their divisional rivals again later this afternoon. Jason Hammel takes the mound for the Birds...