Final Score: Baltimore 2, Toronto 1
Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Tommy Hunter tossed six strong innings of
one-run ball and Matt Wieters' solo blast in the fourth proved to be the
difference as the Orioles took a 2-1 victory over the Blue Jays in the opener
of a three-game series at Camden Yards on Tuesday.
Hunter (2-1) surrendered just three hits and three walks while striking out
three and Pedro Strop worked around a one-out walk in the ninth to record his
first career save.
"He seemed to attack the strike zone a little more," said Orioles manager Buck
Showalter about Hunter's outing. "I was really proud that he got to the sixth
inning with the pitch count he had. He's going to keep firing bullets."
Endy Chavez added a hit and a run scored for the O's, who improved to 3-1
against Toronto after taking two of three from the Jays earlier this season.
Hector Alvarez (0-2) was charged with both runs on five hits and two walks
over seven innings for Toronto. Eric Thames had two hits, including a solo
homer for the Blue Jays, who were coming off a four-game sweep of Kansas City.
The O's quickly loaded the bases in the first as Chavez hit a leadoff single,
J.J. Hardy followed with a double off the left-field wall and Nick Markakis
drew a walk.
Baltimore, though, would only get one run as Adam Jones' double-play groundout
scored Chavez before Wieters grounded out to first to end the threat.
Thames got the run back for Toronto in the third, launching a leadoff homer to
But Baltimore broke the tie in the fourth as Wieters lifted a towering flyball
the other way to left field. Thames seemed to have a beat on it and made a
leaping attempt at the wall, but the ball deflected off his glove and into the
seats for a 2-1 O's lead.
"It was going to hit the top of the wall, I reached up to catch it and it hit
off my glove and went into the seats," Thames said about Wieters' homer.
"It's as simple as that."
Wednesday's matchup will feature righty Kyle Drabek taking the mound for
Toronto against right-hander Jason Hammel for the O's...Toronto didn't
register an at-bat with a runner in scoring position and left seven men on
base...The Orioles went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position and stranded
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