Orioles break out of funk, give Norris first win

Orioles break out of funk, give Norris first win
August 1, 2013, 11:00 pm
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Norris glad to join winning Orioles squad

BALTIMORE –- There were lots of firsts for Bud Norris on Thursday night. First time pitching against his old team, first start in Baltimore, and most important, his first win.

After it was over, he had to fend off his first shaving cream pie.

Not even after he got his first major league win was he so honored, but then he’s never played with Adam Jones. Jones and Alexi Casilla ran over to him while he was being interviewed on television, and 20 minutes later, he was still trying to remove the debris from his eyes and ears.

Norris was happy to receive the punishment as a reward for the Orioles’ 6-3 win over the Houston Astros before 17,909 at Oriole Park.

“You see it all the time on the highlight reel and I had a feeling it might come. I’m pretty excited to take it, it was exhilarating,” Norris said.

Manager Buck Showalter saw the frivolity and enjoyed it.

“He seemed to be wearing it well, so to speak. You didn’t expect anything less, did you? Mine’s coming, mine’s coming,” Showalter said. “I hope it’s late October.”

Norris was traded by Houston to the Orioles about 27 hours before he made his start, and he got the win by allowing two runs on four hits and striking out a season high eight.

In his first Orioles start, Norris got to work with Matt Wieters, and said he felt comfortable.

“I’ve been working a long time in my career to be in a postseason and a pennant race and this is exactly what it is. To be thrown in the fire and to go out there and to be able to control myself and my emotions was pretty special,” Norris said.
The two runs both came on solo homers, Brett Wallace’s seventh in the second and Marc Krauss’ second in the fourth. It was the fourth time this season Norris (7-9) had given up two home runs.

Jordan Lyles kept much of the crowd quiet for four innings. In his previous two starts, Lyles (4-5) had allowed 14 runs on 17 hits in nine innings, but he allowed no runs on three hits in the first four innings.

Trailing 2-0, Henry Urrutia singled over third base with one out. Brian Roberts grounded to short and Jonathan Villar booted the ball for an error with Urrutia taking third.

Nate McLouth’s single scored Urrutia. Manny Machado’s single scored Roberts, and McLouth scored on Nick Markakis’ fly ball to left.

In the sixth, the Orioles (60-49) scored two more runs on four consecutive singles with two outs, J.J. Hardy, Urrutia, Roberts and McLouth singled, the last two drove in runs.

Chris Davis hit his 39th home run, driving in his 100th run with two outs in the seventh off Travis Blackley. Davis is the 39th player in club history to drive in at least 100.

“A lot of it has to do with the fact that guys have been getting on
base all year. It makes my job a lot easier as a run producer…It’s really a tribute to the guys who hit in front of me,” Davis said.

“I guess it’s already time to buckle up again, as they say. I know everybody in here feels good about where we are at late in the season and we understand that nobody is going to hand us anything.”

Tommy Hunter allowed a run in the eighth as L.J. Hoes, who earlier had his first major league hit, drove in Robbie Grossman on an infield out.

Brian Matusz retired his only batter, and Jim Johnson finished up in the ninth, retiring Houston (36-71) without a hit for his 37th save.

Johnson became only the fourth Oriole to save that many in a season.

NOTES: Wilson Betemit, who’s yet to play this season due to a severely sprained right knee, is scheduled to play his first rehab game for Gulf Coast on Tuesday.

-Steve Johnson pitches in his third rehab game for Bowie on Saturday.

-Jason Hammel will have an MRI on his right arm on Friday morning. He was placed on the disabled list a flexor mass strain on Wednesday.

-Davis broke his team record 24-game strikeout streak.

-Chris Tillman (13-3, 3.62) faces Seattle’s Aaron Harang (5-9, 4.89) on Friday night.

-Roberto Alomar will be inducted into the Orioles’ Hall of Fame before Friday night’s game. Don Pries, a longtime Orioles front office executive, will also become a member.

-Doug Duennes, who had served as the Orioles’ Executive Vice President of Business Operations, has been let go. Duennes, who had worked in major league baseball for over 30 years, was with the team since Apr. 2011.