It wasn't pretty, but the O's snapped their three-game slide with a 9-8 win over the Indians on Friday night at Camden Yards.
The Birds hadn't scored more than three runs in a game in two weeks...they scored three times in the first inning. But it wasn't nearly enough, as Cleveland just refused to lay down. Every time the O's took a lead the Indians would come charging back.
Matt Wieters gave the O's a 7-5 lead with a three-run blast onto Eutaw Street in the sixth inning, but the Indians tied it up in the seventh. Ryan Flaherty's RBI single gave the Birds the lead in the bottom of the frame, and Xavier Avery launched his first big-league blast, a solo homer, in the eighth (he got the shaving cream pie in the face post-game).
Jake Arrieta lasted just 3 2/3 innings and was charged with five runs on eight hits and two walks. The 'pen allowed another eight hits and three runs but the offense stepped-up and didn't let this one slip away...Matt Lindstrom picked up his first win of the season and Jim Johnson closed the door for his 23rd save.
Dana Eveland takes the mound for the Birds Saturday afternoon. I'll be there for my Earl Weaver statue...