The Orioles really know how to come back after a tough loss. Saturday afternoon, the birds stalled against the Giants and lost by a score of 3-2. But Sunday afternoon was a completely different story. Baltimore used 12 hits to drive in 10 runs and crush the San Francisco Giants 10-2.
Both J.J. Hardy and Adam Jones hit homers in the game to lead the Orioles. Hardy's homer drove in two runs in the seventh while Jones' drove in three runs in the eighth. Nate McClouth recorded his 24th RBI of the season in the sixth, driving home Brian Roberts.
Others stepped up in the big win as well, especially the pitchers. Sadly, it's become accustom to have at least one pitcher mess things up for the Orioles as Buck Showalter goes through his typical four pitchers a game. But each pitcher that took to the mound was solid. Starter Bud Norris went 5 innings, allowing 2 runs off of 6 hits. Troy Patton got the win, his second of the season, after relieving Norris in the sixth.
The win puts Baltimore just 4.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox who are in first place in the AL East, and just 1.5 games behind second place Tampa Bay. The AL Wild Card race is a close race as well. In the standings, the Orioles are just 1.5 games out of contention.
As the playoffs approach, it's important for Baltimore to keep their eyes on the prize. Games cannot afford to be lost if they want to make it to October.