They headed to New York with huge smiles on their faces. The one-run wins are back, the big hitters are producing, and the Orioles are feeling good about themselves. On Wednesday night, it was a five-run ninth inning for a stirring win, and 24 hours later, a methodical win that brought back memories of the shutdown 2012 bullpen. Thanks to Adam Jones’ seventh-inning double and shutdown relief pitching, the Orioles took two of three from the Boston Red Sox. Their 3-2 win on Thursday night before 27,704 at Fenway Park wasn’t particularly artistic, but it was effective. Jones, who has hit in all nine games, has multi-hit games in six of them. “Any win is important early. It’s just a matter of time before that one-run stuff,” Jones said. “We don’t choose what kind of games we play.” The bullpen has been stalwart since Tommy Hunter allowed back-to-back home runs on Wednesday. Since then, it has retired 21 of 23 batters to help win two crucial games. Jim Johnson had saves in the last two games, and he has four this season. “I think [Wednesday] night was just one of those games where it’s a good game to win just because of the comeback more than anything. Whether it’s a one-run game, it really means nothing. A win is a win. That’s all that really matters. If you want to look for a certain type of victory, those comeback wins carry a little bit more weight than anything,” Johnson said.
Orioles win second straight, 3-2 over Red Sox
CSN Baltimore | Apr 12