Tommy Hunter lasted just five innings but the O's bullpen held the Royals hitless over the final four frames in a 5-3 win on Sunday afternoon.
Manny Machado put the Birds on the board with a two-run shot in the second inning...Machado has now gone deep three times in his first four games as an Oriole. Nick Markakis slapped a solo homer in the fifth to knot the game at three, and Mark Reynolds put the O's ahead to stay with an RBI single in the sixth. Former Oriole Bruce Chen (8-10) took the loss.
Hunter allowed just three runs on eight hits and two walks over his five frames, striking out two and allowing yet another solo home run. The bullpen was fantastic, allowing just one baserunner over the final four innings. Luis Ayala (4-3) took the win and Jim Johnson picked up his 34th save, second-best in the AL.
The Birds are in third in the East but have the second Wild Card spot as of this post. After Monday's off-day, the O's take on Boston for a three-game set. Wei-Yin Chen takes the mound on Tuesday...