The Baltimore Orioles took two out of three from the Kansas City Royals in a short home stand, improving to 21-14 and moving into a first place tie with the Boston Red Sox in the American League East Division race.
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Orioles catcher Matt Wieters knocked in three runs with two key doubles allowing the Orioles to take the first game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, winning 4-3 after a rain delay.
Starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen left after the rain delay in the seventh inning. He pitched 6.1 innings giving up nine hits while allowing two runs with two strikeouts. He has a record of 2-3 with a 3.40 ERA. The fabulous Oriole bullpen closed out the game with reliever Tommy Hunter getting the victory and improving his record to 2-1. Jim Johnson picked up his league-leading 12th save of the year.
Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy blasted a two-run homer and closer Jim Johnson recorded his team-tying record 34th straight save as the Orioles, helped by three Kansas City errors, beat them again 5-3 to take the second game of the series. Former Oriole closer Randy Meyers held the record of 34 straight saves in 1997. Johnson has 13 saves this season, tops in the American League.
Starting pitcher Chris Tillman improved to 3-1, while hurling six innings. He allowed three runs on five hits, walked three and finished with two strikeouts. Tillman now has a 3.76 ERA. The bullpen again did the job, allowing no runs.
Baltimore dropped the last game of the series as starting pitcher Freddie Garcia gave up two, two-run homers in the fourth inning. Kansas City hit three home runs, winning 6-2. Garcia completed six innings giving up five hits while striking out three and walking one batter. His record is 0-1 with a 4.26 ERA.
Former Oriole Jeremy Guthrie pitched six strong innings allowing one earned run while improving his record to 5-0. He boasts a sparkling 2.28 ERA. Oriole slugger Chris Davis hit his 10th home run of the year in the fourth inning in a losing effort. He is second in home runs in the American League behind former Oriole Mark Reynolds who has clobbered 11 homers.