Jason Berken allowed three runs and four hits in the third inning. He also walked a batter.
Alex Gonzalez lined a single into left field with one out. Jeremy Reed grounded a single into right and Nick Markakis overran the ball, allowing Gonzalez to score and Reed to take third base.
Randy Ruiz walked on four pitches and Brian Dopirak lifted a sacrifice fly. Back-to-back singles by Travis Snyder and Brad Emaus increased the lead to 3-0 and brought pitching coach Rick Kranitz to the mound.
Chris Lubanski, who tripled earlier, grounded the next pitch to second.
Berken threw 17 pitches, nine for strikes. He’s thrown 43 pitches (30 for strikes) through three innings.
Berken broke a few bats in the third, but he didn’t catch any breaks.
Update: Kam Mickolio has replaced Berken, who is charged with three runs and six hits in three innings. He walked one, struck out two and threw 30 of his 43 pitches for strikes.