Orioles Use 7-Run 3rd To Beat Rockies 8-4
BALTIMORE (AP) – Brian Roberts and Manny Machado both hit two-run doubles during a seven-run third inning fueled by Colorado miscues, and the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Rockies 8-4 Saturday night to end a four-game losing streak.
Adam Jones had two hits in Baltimore’s highest-scoring inning of the season, which featured an error by shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, two walks, a passed ball and a wild pitch. Six of the seven runs were unearned.
Most of the damage came against Colorado rookie Chad Bettis (0-2), who allowed seven hits, four walks and eight runs in 2 2-3 innings.
Bud Norris (9-10) gave up four runs and nine hits over 5 2-3 innings to improve to 3-1 since coming to the Orioles in a trade with Houston on July 31.
Baltimore’s third inning began with a double by Chris Davis and an infield hit by Jones. Nick Markakis followed with an RBI single, and one out later Colorado brought the infield in with runners on second and third. Steve Pearce hit a grounder that got past Tulowitzki, allowing Jones to score.
Following the second out, Roberts doubled in two runs, Nate McLouth walked and Machado hit his major league-leading 43rd double.
Adam Ottavino replaced Bettis and walked Davis before Jones delivered an RBI single for an 8-1 lead.
Dexter Fowler hit RBI singles in the fourth and sixth innings for the Rockies, who lost for only the second time in eight games. Colorado stranded 11 and went 2 for 12 with runners in scoring position.
Jones had three hits and Davis picked up his 113th RBI to help the Orioles secure their first victory since beating San Francisco last Sunday.
Colorado got two hits and two walks in the first inning but scored only once, when Tulowitzki bounced into a double play.
In the bottom half, McLouth drew a leadoff walk, advanced on a single by Machado and came home on a fly ball by Davis.
Although the Orioles left the bases loaded in the second, they made up for it in the third.
NOTES: Orioles SS J.J. Hardy was late scratch with back spasms. It was the second game he’s missed this season. … The Orioles recalled RHP Josh Stinson from Triple-A Norfolk to fill out an overworked bullpen. He allowed one hit in 1 1-3 innings. … Colorado activated closer Rafael Betancourt (appendicitis) from the 15-day disabled list and optioned RHP Manuel Corpas to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Betancourt worked a perfect eighth, striking out two. … Baltimore’s Scott Feldman faces 11-game winner Jhoulys Chacin in the series finale. … Orioles reliever Troy Patton walked the only batter he faced in the sixth inning, ending a run of 26 consecutive appearances without a walk. It was the second-longest streak in club history (Koji Uehara, 36). … Tulowitzki’s error was only the fifth in 15 games this month by the Rockies.
– bY DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer
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