The Orioles needed a deep outing from right-hander Bud Norris on Monday night against the Boston Red Sox after the club’s bullpen accounted for 6 2/3 innings the previous day.

Norris gave the Orioles just that, recording his best start since joining the club last July, tossing eight scoreless innings and holding Boston to just three hits as the Orioles handed the Red Sox their sixth loss in the last seven games with a 4-0 shutout win in front of an announced 19,729 at Camden Yards.

With the Orioles opening a 13-game stretch against American League East opponents, Norris quieted the reeling defending World Series champions by getting ahead in the count, drawing quick outs on the way to a speedy game that needed just two hours and 21 minutes to complete.

"We needed a well-pitched game,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “We had bullets down in the 'pen, but Bud was really good. I probably would have given him a chance to finish that game, [but] he had a blister, a pretty good blister, going on underneath his nail. Didn't like the way it was starting to look."

The Orioles (32-30) backed Norris with three home runs off Boston starter Jake Peavy, including right fielder Nick Markakis’ two-run homer in the fifth inning that landed on the right-field flag court.
Adam Jones, who served as the designated hitter, hit a solo home run in the first inning, and second baseman Ryan Flaherty added a solo shot in the seventh.

Markakis, who extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a first-inning single, is batting .380 with three homers and 10 RBIs over that span.

In the fifth inning, Markakis turned on a 2-1 hanging curveball from Peavy for his sixth homer of the season and his third in his last six games to give the Orioles a 3-0 lead.