The Orioles took the middle game of the series against the Royals, 3-2, ending Kansas City’s win streak at five. Jake Arrieta got his fourth win of the season while Baltimore handed Kyle Davies his fourth loss. Kevin Gregg recorded his sixth save.
Baltimore got ahead in the first when Brian Roberts, who was back in the lineup after sitting due to a root canal yesterday, lead off the game with a double. He tagged up to take third on a fly ball by Nick Markakis and was driven on by a sacrifice fly by Derrek Lee.
The Birds added another in the second on an RBI single by Markakis after Mark Reynolds singled and moved up when Robert Andino was hit by a pitch.
Jeff Francoeur cut the lead to one with a solo shot to left field, leading off the second inning. He homered in both games of the series so far. Arrieta’s trouble continued when he gave up back-to-back walks to the number eight and nine hitter but left them stranded when he struck out Mike Aviles to end the inning.
Markakis added an insurance run to the Orioles lead in the seventh with a home run to right field.
Kansas City got within one in the eighth when Escobar singled up the middle and moved to third on a ground rule double by Aviles and eventually came around to score.
Arrieta allowed one run on three hits over seven innings. He walked two and struck out eight on 105 pitches. Despite not having his best stuff early on, Arrieta settled down after the 35 pitch second inning retiring 15 of the last 16 he faced.
Jim Johnson came out of the pen to take the eighth inning. He went 0.2 innings, giving up one run on two hits. Mike Gonzalez finished the inning, retiring the one batter he faced. Kevin Gregg came on the close the game, giving up one free pass.
Davies went 6.1 innings, giving up three runs on seven hits with three walks and three strike outs. He threw 107 pitches, facing 30 batters as he had trouble finding location and went deep into the count most of the night. Nathan Adcock came on in relief, going scoreless in the seventh and eighth and allowing three hits. He went two-thirds of the ninth before being replaced by Tim Collins, who allowed a walk before ending the inning on the next batter.
The O’s had a base runner in every inning but the third. Markakis, Reynolds, and Scott had multi-hit nights. Markakis got two of the teams RBIs and Reynolds reached base every time he came to the plate with three singles and a walk. It was his first three-hit ballgame as an Oriole.
Chris Tillman (1-2) will get the start in the day game for tomorrow’s series finale, going against Bruce Chen (3-1).