Trying to sweep the Royals today for the first time since 2007, the Birds came through with the 6-5 win in 12 innings. Jeremy Accardo picked up the win while Louis Coleman took the loss.
Kansas City broke the game open in the second inning, batting around. Jeff Francoeur began the inning with a single up the middle and came in to score on a double by Wilson Betemit. Mike Aviles hit into a fielder’s choice to get on and Brayan Pena drove him in with a single. Singles by Chris Getz and Melky Cabrera brought in the other two runs.
The Orioles got on the board in the bottom of the inning with a solo shot by Nolan Reimold.
In the third inning, Baltimore’s offense really came alive. Robert Andino got a leadoff single and Adam Jones bunted for a base hit. Andino came around to score on a single up the middle by Mark Reynolds. Reimold came up again to clear the bases with a three-run homer for his first multi-home run game of his career, giving the O’s the lead.
Kansas City came back to tie up the game in the fourth on back-to-back doubles by Getz and Alex Gordon.
In the twelfth, Robert Andino started it off with a double and Nick Markakis got the intentional pass. Extending his hit streak to 11, Guerrero singled up the middle, driving in the winning run.
Jeremy Guthrie allowed five runs—four earned—in his 7.0 inning outing on 107 pitches. He got four strike outs and did not surrender a walk. Guthrie got enough run support from his offense to be able to go deeper in the game despite giving up the five runs. He pounded the strike zone but the Royals just kept getting hits off of him. He had given up only one first inning run on the season.
Clay Rapada came out of the pen in the eighth to record one out in the lefty match-up. Koji Uehara finished the inning, sitting down the two batters he faced. Uehara stayed on in the ninth to record two strikeouts in the inning. Kevin Gregg pitched the tenth to load the bases before ending the inning. Going deeper into the pen, Jeremy Accardo pitched the eleventh to face only three. He retired the side in order in the twelfth as well.
Jeff Francis went 6.0 innings, giving up five runs on nine hits. He walked one and struck out four. Greg Holland came out of the pen in the seventh to give up one hit before ending the inning. He stayed on in the eighth, giving up a walk. Aaron Crow took the ninth and tenth to go three up and three down. Blake Wood pitched in the eleventh to record no outs and load the bases. Everett Teaford relieved him, coming on with the bases loaded and now outs to not give up a run. Louis Coleman took the twelfth inning in relief, giving up one run on two hits and a walk.
Nolan Reimold broke out today, showing reasons why he should have more play time. He went perfect, going 4-for-4 and having three homers since being called back up to the majors. Of the six runs scored by the O’s, Reimold drove in four of them. He reached his career high in hits in a game today.
Getting 14 hits today, the Orioles have gotten into the double digits in the category for the twelfth time in the last 15 games and six of the last eight. With a 1-for-5 day, Nick Markakis extended his hit streak to 11 games. The defense committed three errors today.
Heading to Oakland for tomorrow’s game, Chris Tillman (2-3) will go against Gio Gonzalez (5-2).