– MLB – Box Score – Orioles at Braves

Wow, a blowout win.  When was the last time that happened?

The Good Horacio was late to the ballpark, as the Bad Horacio allowed a two-run homer to the second hitter of the game.  After allowing a single to the next hitter, he was stellar, giving up only two hits in the next six innings, not walking anyone, and striking out four.  When the Orioles rallied to get a run in the eighth (on a hot day, he would have been out of the game if Bobby had any reason to have any confidence in the bullpen) he even made a great catch of a softly hit foul ball to get the second out of the inning.

Meanwhile, the Braves got six runs in five innings off of Kristin Benson, including solo homers by Langerhans and Betemit (who started at third for a gimpy Chipper).  Then they went into hibernation mode for the next two innings (including one by Bruce Chen, he gets to play but Javy Lopez never leaves the dugout) they bust out for four in the eighth to put it out of reach, Chipper’s first career pinch-hit home run, a three-run job, capping the scoring.  Ray pitched the ninth more or less harmlessly.

Betemit had three hits, but did commit a throwing error that could have been disastrous in the eighth.  Andruw was hitless, all the rest of the “regulars”  had at least one.