BALTIMORE — Bud Norris’s whirlwind two days came full circle on the pitcher’s mound at Camden Yards on Thursday night.
A day after switching clubhouses following a trade-deadline deal that abruptly placed him in the unfamiliar uniform of a contender, Norris faced his old team and a lineup full of friends suddenly turned into foes.
And while Norris received little run support from the last-place Houston Astros this season, the Orioles provided their newest teammate plenty of offense Thursday, snapping a 15-inning scoring drought on their way to a 6-3 win before an announced 17,909.
Norris, making his first start after seven days of rest — which included him being scratched Tuesday amid trade rumors — struck out a season-high eight batters and overcame a pair of solo homers. He allowed two runs on four hits over six innings.
After the game, Norris (7-9) was unofficially welcomed to his new team by getting a celebratory shaving-cream pie to the face, delivered by Adam Jones and Alexi Casilla, during his television interview.
The Orioles (60-49), who recorded 15 hits over the previous three games, rattled out double-digit hits (11) for the first time in nine games.
Their first 10 hits were singles until first baseman Chris Davis crushed his majors-leading 39th homer in the seventh inning, a solo shot to right.
Houston center fielder L.J. Hoes, a former Orioles player who was part of the deal for Norris, recorded his first major league hit with a third-inning single against the right-hander. Hoes was an All-Met at St. John’s.
— Baltimore Sun