Somebody needed to step up. Brian Matusz turned in his best start of the season on Saturday afternoon and the O's snapped a six-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over Tampa Bay. The two clubs are now tied for first with one game left in the series.
Matusz (5-5) took a no-hitter into the fifth and allowed just a run on two hits and three walks over 7 1/3 innings, fanning seven. Pedro Strop came on in relief in the eighth and walked a batter to load the bases before inducing an inning-ending double play. Jim Johnson pitched a scoreless ninth to notch his 17th save in as many tries this season.
Endy Chavez put the Birds on the board with a solo homer, his first of the season, in the third inning. The O's took advantage of a throwing error to score what would be the winning run in the seventh.
Jake Arrieta takes the mound on Sunday afternoon...let's see if he can follow Matusz's lead. Go O's!