Baltimore Orioles lose, 4-2, to Atlanta Braves


Baltimore second baseman Brian Roberts leaps over incoming runner Dan Uggla and throws to first to complete a doubleplay during the Orioles’ 4-2 loss in Atlanta. (Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
June 15, 2012

Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz spent most of Friday night dodging disaster, teetering the fine line between success and failure. It was up and down, much like Matusz’s entire season. And for most of the night, it appeared Matusz would emerge unscathed against the Braves at Turner Field.

Hope unraveled quickly in a three-run sixth inning that saw the Braves overtake the Orioles. An inning that began with a highlight-reel catch from Chris Davis in right field ended with Matusz walking off the field to fans doing the tomahawk chop.

The Orioles opened their three-game interleague series in Atlanta with a 4-2 loss to the Braves in front of an announced crowd of 30,384, snapping Baltimore’s five-game winning streak and falling 1 ½ games behind the division-leading Yankees.

Baltimore (37-27) couldn’t take advantage of Braves’ starter Tommy Hanson’s struggles. Hanson walked a career-high six batters in 5 1/3 innings.

The Orioles couldn’t score with the bases loaded in both the second and third innings. They were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and grounded into three inning-ending double plays.

The Orioles took a 2-1 lead into the sixth before rookie Andrelton Simmons — less than two weeks into his big-league career — changed the momentum of the game, taking Matusz deep for his second career homer, a two-run shot that gave the Braves a 3-2 lead.

Pinch hitter Jack Wilson then tripled, and Michael Bourn’s single through the middle plated another run. One batter later, Matusz was out of the game.

— Baltimore Sun

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