Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/7/13
This is why the Orioles traded for Bud Norris. Just a week after the Orioles made sure they made the best offer to the Houston Astros for Norris he’s rewarded them with two wins in two starts. On Tuesday night Norris had baserunners in five of his six innings and allowed just one to score. His ability to strand runners proved instrumental in the Orioles’ 4-1 win over the San Diego Padres before 28055 at Petco Park. In his two starts Norris has given up three runs on nine hits in 12 innings and the Orioles have two wins. “It’s been great to come over with a ball club that’s in a pennant race and focus on winning” Norris said. “Our focus is winning and that’s where my focus is too.” The Orioles (62-51) face brutal completion in both the American League East and for the Wild Card. They’re six games behind the first place Boston Red Sox and trail second place Tampa Bay by 4 ½ games in the division. The Orioles are tied with Cleveland 1 ½ games out of the Wild Card. “To pull it out we have to win” Adam Jones said. “If we look at the scoreboard that’s not going to do anything for our game. “We have to control what we can control and if we rack up the Ws we are going to give ourselves the best chance. And the cool part about it is we are going to run into Tampa and Boston in September so we just want to give ourselves when September 1 everybody is close. And run the gauntlet.” Norris’ effective starting and Jones’ season-high four hits were key. Jones playing in front of seemingly thousands of family and friends was buoyed by their support. He had a first-inning RBI single a fourth-inning home run and scored a crucial run in the eighth inning after a single. He also had his 10th steal and a sixth-inning single. “Adam put together a big night. His two-out RBIs are always a momentum change” manager Buck Showalter said. The Orioles got off quickly. Nate McLouth led off the first with a double. He stole third his 26th steal of the season and scored on a two-out single by Jones. “I’m glad I got it out of the way because I was tired by about the third inning it seemed like” McLouth joked. This was the first of eight games in San Diego San Francisco and Arizona. After a disappointing 4-5 homestand it was important for the Orioles to start smartly. “Anytime you can start a road trip off with a win it’s a great way to start. Playing on the road is never easy” Norris said.
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