Welcome home, Brian Roberts! Roberts went 3-for-4 in his return to the club, the O's mashed three homers and the Birds bested the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-6 on Tuesday night at Camden Yards.
I can't even begin to describe how good it feels to see Roberts batting lead-off again for the first time in over a year. I'm a big Robert Andino fan, but nobody can replace a healthy Brian Roberts at second base.
The Birds trailed just once on Tuesday after the Pirates took a 1-0 lead in the first. Mark Reynolds launched a two-run bomb in the second to give the O's a lead they would never relinquish. Adam Jones went yard in the fifth for the 18th time this season, and Chris Davis smacked a two-run shot in a four-run sixth inning.
Wei-Yin Chen allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings, fanning four. Chen (6-2) is now tied with Jason Hammel for the team lead in victories.
Kevin Gregg surrendered a two-run homer in the ninth, but it took Jim Johnson just six pitches to record the final two outs and pick up his 19th save of the season.
The Birds (35-26) are now tied with Tampa Bay for second in the division, trailing the Yankees by a full game. Brian Matusz was slated to start on Wednesday night but injured his nose on a bunt attempt on Tuesday...he's a game-time decision. Jake Arrieta is a possible candidate to start, though the club could also recall someone from Triple-A...we'll find out soon enough.