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Colorado at Baltimore

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Colorado (58-66)1001020004121
Baltimore (66-56) «10700000x8100

Orioles 8, Rockies 4

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BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles had gone nearly a week without a victory, a stretch that included three one-run defeats in Arizona and a lopsided loss to Colorado at home.

So, when they finally got to add another digit to their win total, the Orioles didn't really care if the outcome was influenced by their opponent's mistakes.

Brian Roberts and Manny Machado both hit two-run doubles during a seven-run third inning fueled by Colorado miscues, and Baltimore defeated the Rockies 8-4 Saturday night to end a four-game skid.

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, but when it was done the Orioles had an 8-1 lead.

"It was huge," winning pitcher Bud Norris said. "It was a tough stretch there in Arizona. But just to be back in the win column was huge. To have a seven-run third inning is definitely a help to any starting pitcher going out there. I just wanted to keep putting up zeroes and the bullpen really came in and picked me up, too."

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. He was followed by a relief corps that allowed only three hits the rest of way.

"This is the big leagues. The third inning with a seven-run lead is never comfortable," said Tommy Hunter, who worked the ninth. "Guys came in and threw the ball well in certain situations and got us to the end of the ballgame with a four-run lead."

Most of the damage in the third inning came against Colorado rookie Chad Bettis (0-2), who allowed seven hits, four walks and eight runs in 2 2-3 innings.

"It was really embarrassing," Bettis said. "I need to be better. I wasn't making the right pitches."

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.

"I think Tul probably looked up to see if the runner was taking off from third," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "But, he's been as good as you can possibly be at shortstop. He's not going to make every play for six months."

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 a seven-run cushion.

"I've never been a part of a bad seven-run inning, when you're the one scoring it," Roberts said. "Obviously, we needed a little something to kind of jump start us and that was big, to use the extra out they gave us to put some runs on the board. Everyone kind of breathed a little sigh of relief and said, `All right. Now we're ready to go.'"

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.

"I think people panic a little more outside the clubhouse than we do inside the clubhouse," Roberts said. "We all still feel like we are in pretty good shape."

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.

 
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Players of the Game
Baltimore

M. Machado
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Colorado

D. Fowler
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dexter Fowler, CF4122111 .270
Corey Dickerson, LF-RF4010133 .317
Troy Tulowitzki, SS5020012 .310
Michael Cuddyer, DH4020101 .323
Wilin Rosario, C5020024 .285
Todd Helton, 1B5000014 .254
Nolan Arenado, 3B4110011 .267
Charlie Blackmon, RF2101000 .250
   a-Charlie Culberson, PH-LF1000000 .235
Jonathan Herrera, 2B3120100 .298
Totals37412349  
a-grounded out for Blackmon in the 8th
Batting
2B - Troy Tulowitzki (21, Norris), Michael Cuddyer (23, Hunter), Jonathan Herrera (5, Matusz)
3B - Nolan Arenado (4, Norris)
RBI - Dexter Fowler 2 (39), Charlie Blackmon (8)
2-OUT RBI - Dexter Fowler 2 (20)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
E - Troy Tulowitzki (5, Misplayed grounder)
PB - Wilin Rosario (9)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chad Bettis (L,0-2) 2.2782420 5.30
Adam Ottavino 2300300 2.97
Edgmer Escalona 1.1000110 5.40
Wilton Lopez 1000010 4.34
Rafael Betancourt 1000020 3.04
WP - Adam Ottavino (9)
HBP - Flaherty (by Edgmer Escalona)
Pitches-Strikes - Chad Bettis 78-44, Adam Ottavino 44-24, Edgmer Escalona 28-14, Wilton Lopez 12-8, Rafael Betancourt 17-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Bettis 2-5, Adam Ottavino 2-4, Edgmer Escalona 1-2, Rafael Betancourt 1-0
Batters Faced - Chad Bettis 20, Adam Ottavino 12, Edgmer Escalona 6, Wilton Lopez 3, Rafael Betancourt 3
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Nate McLouth, LF3200215 .276
Manny Machado, 3B5122005 .297
Chris Davis, 1B2111210 .300
Adam Jones, CF5131001 .298
Nick Markakis, RF4111103 .279
Matt Wieters, C5000013 .231
Steve Pearce, DH4100120 .240
Ryan Flaherty, SS4020012 .218
Brian Roberts, 2B2112201 .266
Totals34810786  
Batting
2B - Manny Machado (43, Bettis), Chris Davis (34, Bettis), Brian Roberts (7, Bettis)
SF - Chris Davis (7)
RBI - Manny Machado 2 (58), Chris Davis (113), Adam Jones (87), Nick Markakis (50), Brian Roberts 2 (21)
2-OUT RBI - Manny Machado 2 (24), Adam Jones (31), Brian Roberts 2 (7)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Flaherty-B. Roberts-Davis, Flaherty-B. Roberts-Davis-Machado-B. Roberts-Davis
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Bud Norris (W,9-10) 5.2944350 3.93
Troy Patton 0000100 3.44
Josh Stinson (H,1) 1.1100010 6.43
Brian Matusz 1100020 3.35
Tommy Hunter 1100010 2.71
HBP - Blackmon (by Bud Norris)
Pitches-Strikes - Bud Norris 95-64, Troy Patton 6-2, Josh Stinson 19-12, Brian Matusz 19-12, Tommy Hunter 16-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bud Norris 6-4, Josh Stinson 1-2, Brian Matusz 1-0, Tommy Hunter 1-1
Batters Faced - Bud Norris 28, Troy Patton 1, Josh Stinson 5, Brian Matusz 4, Tommy Hunter 4
Game Information
Attendance - 31089
Game Time - 3:24
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Chris Conroy, First Base - Will Little, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Paul Emmel