Bal­ti­more tops Padres for 1,000th win at Ori­ole Park

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By SEAN GRO­GAN


— 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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