On a night the O’s were 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position in the first five innings, they went 3 for 5 while scoring four in the 6th to beat the Tribe 8-1.
They are 3-1 on this homestand and 10-8 over the last 18 games.
Here are quotes from four Birds after the game.
Jeremy Guthrie on his outing tonight: “Felt good out there. Really was able to keep the fastball down for the most part and get some ground balls, which was good. We made some good plays on defense and the hitters did the rest and gave us that big lead. It was a good game all around.”
Guthrie on retiring 16 in a row, was that his best stretch of this year?: “Statistically for sure it was. Retiring how many ever it was in a row. It wasn’t one of those things where I necessarily felt that much different, they just put the ball in play early in the count and I got in a good groove. Everything flowed very smoothly.”
Guthrie on why he is pitching better this year: “I felt at the end of spring that the adjustment I made arm-slot wise, that I felt confident again. I felt like when I pitch I have weapons to use against the hitters and that’s something I never really felt last year, hardly in any starts. Confidence makes a big difference for every player.”
Guthrie, did it feel good to beat Cleveland, your former organization?: “Yeah, I think so. I was very focused out there. When you face friends and people you’ve worked with, you want to show them the best side you have. It’s nice to be able to win this game tonight.”
Miguel Tejada was asked how he is doing after getting hit by that pitch near his left knee: “I’m good, the ball just hit me and I’m a little bruised but I’m okay. I’ll play tomorrow.”
Luke Scott on his current hot streak: “This is the best I’ve felt all year. I’m comfortable and really relaxed up there. If you want to know the truth, being a man of faith, I’m up there praying, talking to the Lord and enjoying it with him.”
Scott said it’s nice to score runs for a starting pitcher: “They’ve earned a lot of wins. They’ve earned more than what they have shown. If they can just hold on and keep pitching the way we are, we’re going to do very well.”
Scott said Tejada’s two-run single in the 6th was the key blow: “Yes, that opened the floodgates. Real tough situation and he made a great adjustment, professional hitter. Miggy stayed on that slider, big hit for us.”
Corey Patterson asked if he is looking to spark the team: “Yeah, I take pride in that. Maybe if I’m not doing it with the bat on a day I can make a couple of defensive plays like I did today. Get on and steal a base or two, I haven’t done that just yet, but I’ll get it going. It’s exciting and I’m happy to contribute.”