O’s offense goes along way


Orioles on-deck batter Adam Jones (10) greets teammate Nick Markakis (21) after the latter hit a third-inning solo home run off Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes. (Kathy Willens/AP)
April 13, 2013

An Orioles offense that had been carried by the bats of Chris Davis and Adam Jones through the first 10 games of the season received a little help Saturday at Yankee Stadium.

The Orioles (6-5) hit a season-high three homers off Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes, winning 5-3 before an announced 41,851 in the Bronx.

The win was the Orioles’ seventh in their last 11 regular season games here and put them one win from taking both series on this six-game road trip through the American League East gauntlet of Boston and New York.

Ryan Flaherty, who snapped out of an 0-for-17 start to his season with a two-out, ninth-inning single in the Orioles’ 8-5 comeback win on Wednesday, hit his first homer of the season in his first at-bat Saturday — a second-inning solo shot that gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead.

Right fielder Nick Markakis and designated hitter Nolan Reimold also hit solo homers for the Orioles. Reimold’s homer, which came in the fourth inning off Hughes, was just the second hit in 35 at-bats for Orioles designated hitters this season.

“That’s what it takes to win a ballgame, not just two or three guys who are going to go out there every night and win it for us,” Markakis said. “As balanced as our lineup is one through nine, it makes it tough for the opposing pitchers, and I think pitchers realize that. I’d stack our lineup up against anybody’s. We just need to continue what we’re doing and get on base and timely hitting.”

Six of the nine hits Hughes allowed were for extra bases.

Starter Jason Hammel (2-1) battled through six innings, giving the Orioles back-to-back quality starts for the first time this season.

— Baltimore Sun

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