Orioles Win Fifth Straight

By Jeff Zrebiec
Baltimore Sun
Monday, June 22, 2009

PHILADELPHIA, June 21 -- Jeremy Guthrie looked very much like a No. 1 starter on Sunday afternoon, outdueling Philadelphia Phillies ace Cole Hamels in the Orioles' 2-1 victory before an announced 45,256 at Citizens Bank Park.

The victory, the Orioles' fifth straight, completed the three-game sweep over the Phillies, the Orioles' first three-game road sweep since May 8-10, 2007 against the Kansas City Royals. In dealing the Phillies their sixth straight loss, the Orioles (32-37) improved to 9-3 in interleague play this season. They also won their first road series finale in 10 tries this season.

Guthrie pitched seven innings and allowed only one run -- a Greg Dobbs second-inning homer -- over seven innings. He limited the Phillies to three hits and two walks, while striking out four.

"I think it was all right," Guthrie said. "I made some mistakes, some that were hit and others that weren't. I don't think I come out of this game feeling that was my best stuff, but the consistency was there and we got the outs when we needed them. That's the most important thing."

"He was at his best tonight," Manager Dave Trembley said. "That's Jeremy Guthrie. It was great that we could get him a win."

Hamels struck out 10, the season high for the Orioles' opposition this season. He allowed two runs and nine hits over eight innings, but failed to get Orioles leadoff man Brian Roberts out in a couple of key situations and that cost him the game.

Roberts, who hit the game-winning homer in the Orioles' comeback victory on Saturday night, broke a 1-1 tie with a one-out RBI single to center in the eighth inning, which scored Robert Andino from third base. Andino had hit a leadoff double and moved to third on pinch hitter Oscar Salazar's groundout.

Shut down for the first five innings by Hamels, the Orioles finally got on the board in the sixth when Adam Jones dumped a two-out single into shallow right to score Roberts from third base. Roberts hit a double and then stole third with one out.

Jim Johnson relieved Guthrie and retired Chase Utley with a runner on second base to end the eighth. George Sherrill then pitched the ninth for his 15th save, helped by a great diving play from third baseman Melvin Mora to get the first out of the inning.

"Of course, it feels good," Mora said. "This shows everybody that we have something special here and we can beat anybody."

Phillies Manager Charlie Manuel was ejected for arguing a play at first base in the eighth inning.

Philadelphia slugger Ryan Howard returned to the hospital on Sunday as he continued to struggle with the flu.

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