Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/13/12

Give the Baltimore Orioles a leadoff hitter, and watch the offense come to life.

Brian Roberts returned to the team Tuesday, playing in a major league game for the first time since May 16, 2011. The veteran went 3-for-4 from the leadoff spot, sparking an offense that had 15 hits in an 8-6 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Every Oriole who appeared in Tuesday's game reached base.

Roberts hit three singles -- extending his hitting streak to four games, dating back to last year. Adam Jones went 4-for-5 with his 18th homer of the season as the top four batters in the lineup combined to go 11-for-19.

Roberts didn't get a break on the bases, either. After singling in his first at-bat, he dived back into first base repeatedly as the Pirates kept a close eye on him. He also slid into second base on a double-play ball.

Jones capped Roberts' night with a slow-motion, shaving cream pie during a postgame interview -- replicating his regular postgame celebration in a more gentle fashion considering Roberts' lingering headaches.

"I really didn't know what to expect," Roberts said of being back in the majors. "It was a little more emotional than I had anticipated."

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