Game 34: Orioles 5, Mariners 2

The Good:

* Bergy had his second straight nice start; 7.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K. I was actually sad to see him strike out two batters in the 6th inning, since a scoreless and K-free night would have tied the record for consecutive games for a starter giving up zero runs with no strike-outs (at two – be blanked the Twins through 6.2 and struck out none). His sinker looks back too (15 groundouts to 5 flyouts).

* Adam Jones had a nice night, going 3-4. Perhaps he feels more comfortable at the plate knowing there’s an even less disciplined hitter in the line-up. Thanks Corey Patterson!

* Tejada doubled in a couple of runs, and later added a single. He did make an error at third – his sixth – but I think it’s hard to complain too much about his transition there.

* Luke Scott showed some pop, going 2-4 with a home run and a double.

* Garrett Atkins walked and doubled – the latter should have scored Scott, who was at second and stopped at third for some reason.

* Alferdo Simon game in in the 9th with runners on the corners and no outs. Strike-out, sac fly, flyout. Shutdown Sauce indeed. 4 for 4 in save situations so far.

The Bad:

* I saw Markakis (1-4, 2 K) and Wieters (1-4, K) both swing at pitches well out of the strike-zone. Largely nit-picking though.

* I’d also have liked to see the O’s draw more than one walk.

The Final:

In the game of the series that the O’s absolutely had to win, they put some runs on the board (relatively speaking) and got some good pitching. The 5-2 win finally gets them into double-digits in victories, improving their record to 10-24. The deciding game will be a day affair tomorrow, with King Felix going against Kevin Millwood. I’ll be their – hopefully taking in a W.