The Orioles guaranteed a winning series against their divisional foes with a 5-3 victory over the Rays on Saturday night at Camden Yards.
Brian Matusz eclipsed last year's total with his second win of the season. Matusz (2-4) surrendered a solo homer in the second inning but then cruised until running into trouble in the sixth. He was charged with three runs (two earned) on seven hits and a walk in 5 2/3 innings, striking out five. The bullpen was once again simply spectacular, keeping the Rays off the bases over the final three frames. The 'pen has now retired 19 straight in this series...incredible.
The O's took advantage of five errors, scoring two unearned runs in the second. They scored two more on Adam Jones' single in the fifth, and added an insurance run in the eighth. Bill Hall, called up from Norfolk with Mark Reynolds hitting the DL, homered for the first time since last May and got the obligatory shaving cream pie to the face after the game...
The Birds (22-12) are now two full games ahead of the Rays in the division and look for the sweep this afternoon...Jake Arrieta takes the mound for the O's.