Offense comes alive as O's beat Royals 9-2

A big fourth inning guarantees the series for Baltimore.

The O's crushed the Royals 9-2 to take the series and go ahead in the season series. Jake Arrieta got his sixth win while Luke Hochevar took the loss.

The pitchers were shutting down the offense until the fourth inning when Baltimore broke the game open. Adam Jones started it off with a double and moved to third on a single by Nick Markakis. Vladimir Guerrero stayed out of the double play with a ground out to third that drove in Jones. Luke Scott got the second run in with a double down the first base line. On a wild pitch, Wieters came in to score. Adding another run to the lead, J.J. Hardy singled to bring in Scott.

Coming up for the second time in the inning, Jones added two more with a single up the middle. The eighth run of the inning came when an error by Escobar allowed Guerrero to reach and Pie to score, extending the inning. The Orioles sent 13 hitters to the plate in the inning. Guerrero was the only Oriole to not score in the inning.

Kansas City scored in the fifth on a two-out homer by Melky Cabrera to give the team two runs.

The Orioles got one of those runs back in the eighth inning with a solo shot by Mark Reynolds.

Arrieta went 6.0 innings in his outing, giving up two runs on five hits. He threw 106 pitches with 66 for strikes in order to get seven strikeouts and surrender three walks. Arrieta left six Royals on base, being able to get out of possible trouble situations. He went deep into quite a few counts causing his pitch count to go up. His worst inning was the fifth, coming after the long rest from the Orioles eight-run inning. However, he was able to minimize the damage and have the only runs come off the home run he surrendered. He allowed a runner to reach in each of his innings.

Jim Johnson came on in the seventh to go scoreless and allow two hits. He stayed on in the eighth to sit the side down in order. Mike Gonzalez took the ninth and retired all three hitters faced.

Hochevar worked 7.0 innings and allowed eight runs—seven earned—on eight hits, facing 32 batters with 105 pitches. He had great control until the fourth, having two three up, three down innings before that, and coming back in the fifth to retire the side in order. He regained his control to stay on long enough to not waste the bullpen, having three consecutive three up, three down innings after the big one. Robinson Tejeda took the mound in the eighth inning, giving up a run on one hit.

Tonight, the Orioles offense was very alive. They stranded only three runners and were 5-for-9 with runners in scoring position. They had nine hits on the night with Jones and Scott having a multi-hit game. Jones is 23-for-for-59 and eight extra base hits in the last 14 games. Tonight, he went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Despite the large number of runs put on the board, the Birds were sat down in order five times with all the runs coming in two innings.

The series finale tomorrow is an early game that will have Jeremy Guthrie (2-6) taking the mound against Jeff Francis (1-5) as the O's look to end the home stand with a sweep.

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