Yesterday’s headline for the Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays game from Monday night proclaimed that the O’s lost a game of inches. Indeed, a bases-loaded line drive into the left-field corner by Steve Pearce went foul by a small margin. It would have been the difference in the outcome of the game.
On Tuesday evening, a long fly by Chris Davis with the sacks jammed remained fair by inches, hitting the pole about 10 feet high and scoring four runs in one swing – even if it was delayed until a replay clarified what had happened.
And Steve Pearce was able to provide the margin of victory in this game, hitting a two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning and adding what would prove to be the gap for the final score of 7-5.
The two O’s homers would make a winner out of Miguel Gonzalez and a loser of Eric Bedard. Gonzalez gave up two homers of his own, but both were third inning solo shots by Sean Rodriguez and Desmond Jennings.
The win was a critical one for the Baltimore Orioles, avoiding a fall to .500 while also picking up a game on the Blue Jays – who were beaten by the Yankees.
Cobb will be making his ninth start of the season, coming in with a 2-4 record and 3.99 ERA. This will be his first 2014 start against the Orioles. For his career he is 3-0 against the Orioles with a 1.73 ERA over four starts.