Roberts, Wieters lead O's past Tigers 5-1

The O's used a three-run homer from Brian Roberts and an RBI single from Wieters to beat the Tigers.

Baltimore, MD- The Baltimore Orioles ended their Opening Day with a win against the Detroit Tiger 5-1, continuing their fast start to begin the 2011 season with a 4-0 record for the first time since 1997 when they last reached the playoffs.

Backed by a strong 6 inning effort of Jake Arrieta, the hitters were able to reach base nine times with Brian Roberts second homerun of the season, Nick Markakis' three hit day and timely hitting by Matt Wieters.

Arrieta (1-0) limited the Tigers to just one run over 6 hits in his first start of the year on Opening Day, kicking off his sophomore season with the Orioles. After completing the sixth inning, Arrieta walked off the field to a standing ovation for his performance by the capacity crowd at Camden Yards.

The Orioles were able to inflict damage first when Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello (0-1) threw a pitch pass catcher Alex Avila in the second inning, prompting Felix Pie to wave Matt Wieters in to home plate to put the Birds up 1-0. In the third inning Detroit was able to strike back with an RBI single by second baseman Will Rhymes, who batted in the only run for the Tigers.

At the bottom of the fifth inning the first two batters Pie and J.J. Hardy were able to reach on base, leading Robert to step up and take Porcello deep in the outfield for his second homerun of the season. After giving up a double to Markakis, Porcello gave up an RBI single to Matt Wieters for the last run of the game before finishing the inning.

While the offense did their part to win today's game, defense was also prevalent. Pie showed tremendous hustle in left field by chasing down air balls that could have added another run on the scoreboard to the Tigers, but he would deny them. After Miguel Cabrera started the first three games of the season hitting at least once, he would leave today's game without a hit.

If there was any question as to whether the bullpen would struggle with holding a lead for the young starters this season, today's game was further proof the relievers are ready to win. With relief work from Jason Berken and Koji Uehera for three innings to complete the win, they only gave up one hit with three strikeouts and no walks between the two of them.

Arrieta's performance has continued the streak of quality starts with Jeremy Guthrie, Chris Tillman, Zach Britton and Arrieta combining for 26 innings, only giving up 2 earned runs with an earned run average of just 0.35 so far this season. The pitching staff also has yet to surrender more than a run in a game.

With starter Jeremy Guthrie sitting out this week with pneumonia, there will be a small shake up in the rotation with Brad Bergesen taking the Wednesday spot. Guthrie is expected to not pitch for 5-7 days after he was admitted to a hospital for overnight observation, according to Orioles manager Buck Showalter.


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