As Ubaldo Jimenez walked off the mound in the middle of the eighth inning of the Orioles' 7-1 win over the Texas Rangers on Monday night, he was greeted by the home crowd at Camden Yards with a standing ovation. The reception hasn't always been as warm for Jimenez, who was signed to a club-record four-year, $50 million contract in February. He has heard his share of boos from the seating bowl after many disappointing and short outings. On Monday, Jimenez could stand tall, and he touched the bill of his cap to the crowd after delivering his deepest outing of the season and earning his first win in an Orioles uniform in front of the home crowd . “As a ballplayer, that's what you play for, to be there for the fans, to get a good [cheer] from the fans,” Jimenez said. “If you don't do good, no one will be cheering. They won't be cheering for you, but when things are going great, you know they're going to be there supporting you, so it was great.” The Orioles (43-39) staked Jimenez to an early 6-0 lead after hitting four homers — including a pair of two-run blasts from Steve Pearce — off former Orioles left-hander Joe Saunders, and went on to send the Rangers (37-45) to their 10th loss in 12 games. With the win, an Orioles team that has yet to reach its peak is just one game behind the first-place Toronto Blue Jays, who were off Monday, in the American League East. A player short as third baseman Manny Machado began serving a five-game suspension and with their bullpen reeling from accounting for nine innings in the previous two games, this was exactly what the Orioles needed — one of their best all-around efforts of the season.
Ubaldo Jimenez pitches eight innings as Orioles cruise to 7-1 win over Rangers
Baltimore Sun | Jul 1