Baltimore tops Padres for 1,000th win at Oriole Park
— The Baltimore Orioles earned a series split with a 7- 2 victory over the visiting San Diego Padres Wednesday night at Camden Yards.
An announced attendance of 23,785 saw Baltimore win its 1,000th game inside of Oriole Park – the franchise’s home field since 1992.
Baltimore scored at least one run in innings 2-6 and added three in the bottom of the fifth. Six Orioles recorded a hit, while four had multi- hit games.
Ubaldo Jimenez, who had been removed from the rotation fol-
lowing recent struggles, posted his fourth quality start of the season in his return as a starter. The righty struck out the side in his sixth and final inning of work to bring his total to seven for the evening.
Manager Buck Showalter said Jimenez had better command of his fastball than he had shown in recent starts.
“Stolen bases were a challenge, but he made some good pitches and got through six innings,” Showalter said. “[ He] gave our bullpen a rest. We didn’t have many options down there tonight. He delivered what we needed.”
Padres center fielder Travis Jankowski singled on the game’s first pitch. Two batters later, Matt Kemp drove him in. Jimenez calmed down to get out of the first with Baltimore only trailing 1- 0.
“It gave me confidence,” Jimenez said of escaping the inning. “The first run, I think I made a couple of good pitches. They just were able to find the hole. I just kept my head up and just kept going.”
Jimenez allowed one more run in the fifth. He walked four and allowed as many hits.
Mark Trumbo tied the score for the Orioles with a solo blast to right- center field on the first pitch of the bottom of the second inning. The right fielder went 3- 4 and scored a pair of runs. The home run was Trumbo’s 21st, the second most in the majors.
Baltimore took the lead for good the following inning. Center fielder Adam Jones hit a oneout single, then scored from first two batters later on a line- drive double by Jonathan Schoop.
Showalter said Jones is one of a few players who would have scored in the scenario.
“It’s not up to me, it’s up to the third base coach,” Jones said. “My aggression, how I run the bases, he saw that I was coming hard. As a base runner, you try and make the coaches make the difficult decision. If I slowed down a bit, he would’ve had to stop me. But, I didn’t slow down.”
Trumbo led the fourth with a double and catcher Matt Wieters followed with an RBI single into shallow center field.
The game was the final of Manny Machado’s four- game suspension. He will be eligible to return Friday night when the Orioles host the Tampa Bay Rays.
Ryan Flaherty, who started in place of Machado at third base, led off the fifth inning with a solo home run. Jones followed with an infield single and was driven in when Chris Davis was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Schoop scored Baltimore’s third run of the inning on a sacrifice fly from Wieters.
Flaherty rounded out the game’s scoring in the sixth inning when he was driven in by left fielder Hyun Soo Kim.
The Orioles moved two games ahead of the second- place Boston Red Sox in the AL East standings with the win.
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