The Orioles put runners on the corners with no outs in the second inning on singles by Adam Jones and Matt Wieters.
Derrek Lee, batting .162 with runners in scoring position, flied to shallow right field. One out, still no runs on the board.
Mark Reynolds came to the plate batting .192 with RISP and mired in a 3-for-27 slump. He lined a double into left field, scoring Jones for a 1-0 lead and moving Wieters to third base.
The double upped Reynolds’ RBI total to 50 on the season.
Wieters came home on Nolan Reimold’s grounder, giving the Orioles their second 2-0 lead in this series.
Let’s see if Jeremy Guthrie does a better job of protecting it.
Update: Wieters grounded a single into right field with two outs in the third to score Nick Markakis and increase the lead to 3-0. Lee batted again with runners on the corners and flied to center.
One more minor league note: Jose Nivar threw a scoreless inning yesterday for the Gulf Coast League Orioles, allowing one hit and striking out two. Reports say his fastball topped out at 100 mph.