PHILADELPHIA –- For Buck Showalter, April and May are like the early rounds of a boxing match. Now, it’s time to really fight.
The Orioles continued their domination of the horrid Philadelphia Phillies, winning their third straight and 11th of their last 13 with a 6-4 win before 26,162 at Ctizens Bank Park on Wednesday night.
Once the Orioles (34-31) took a five-run lead, fans began booing the Phillies (22-45), losers of nine straight and 20 of 23.
It was just two weeks ago that Orioles had lost their fifth straight and dropped six games below .500.
“April, May, it's like fighters in the first few rounds kind of feeling their way around, trying not to get knocked out and trying to figure out what the other guy's got and what they have. And then sooner or later you've got to start throwing punches,” Showalter said.
Showalter has watched his club begin to hit with the return of Matt Wieters to the lineup and the pitching continues to perform admirably.
Ubaldo Jimenez worked 6 2/3 innings, allowing a late three-run home run to Freddy Galvis, but otherwise did quite well. For the second time this season, Jimenez who handed out walks with alarming regularity a year ago, didn’t allow one. He struck out eight.
“That’s everything. That’s what I’m trying to do every time out there is commanding the fastball. I made the hitters earn it instead of walking guys and getting bad counts. That’s what I want to do out there,” Jimenez said.
Chris Parmelee gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead in the first with his third home run in two games.
“Trying to keep it simple up there and kind of ride the wave as long as you can. There’s ups and downs in the game and you do your best to try and keep it as level as possible,” Parmelee said.
The Phillies tied it in the bottom of the first. Chase Utley singled with one out, stole second and advanced to third on Wieters’ thowing error. Utley scored on Jimenez’s wild pitch.
The Orioles batted around in the fourth against Kevin Correia. Travis Snider reached on an error by Galvis. Parmelee walked. Snider moved to third on Chris Davis’ fly to right. Wieters singled to score Snider. Hardy’s single loaded the bases. Ryan Flaherty struck out.
David Lough doubled to score Parmelee and Wieters. He’s now 9-for-13 against Correia (0-1). Jimenez’s infield single scored Hardy, and it was a 5-1 lead.
Snider homered to lead off the fifth, his second and first since Apr. 12.
Correia allowed six runs, four of them unearned on seven hits in five innings.
Jimenez (5-3) pitched out of trouble in the fourth when Miakel Franco led off with a single. Ryan Howard doubled, and with runners on second and third, Jimenez struck out Domonic Brown, Cameron Rupp and Cody Asche.
He retired 10 straight until Rupp singled with one out in the seventh. Asche bunted for a base hit, and then Galvis’ three-run home run cut the Orioles lead to 6-4.
Jimenez realizes the Orioles have to capitalize against less talented teams.
“You have to go out there with everything you have. We’ve been there. We know what it is to be struggling. It’s hard to get out of that situation. As an opposing team, you have to go with everything you have and don’t’ give them a chance,” Jimenez said.
Jimenez struck out pinch hitter Cesar Hernandez and allowed a triple to Ben Revere before Chaz Roe got the final out of the seventh.
Roe and Brian Matusz each recorded two outs and Zach Britton pitched the ninth for his 18th save.
Lough replaced the injured Adam Jones in center field for the second straight game, and notices similarities between last year and this year.
“Earlier I was talking to people, it’s like, ‘Hey, it’s still early, it’s still early. So now that we’ve got things going, I think everything is clicking for us and like I said you have to have that good team chemistry. We hang in there,” Lough said.
NOTES: The Orioles signed 14 more draft choices. The most prominent was 11th round draft choice, Ryan Meisinger, a right-handed pitcher from Dunkirk, Md. Also signed were LHP Robert Strader (12), LHP Nick Vespi (18), LHP Will Dennis (23), 3B Kirvin Moesquit (24), RHP Rocky McCord (26), RHP Andrew Elliott (30), LHP Will Shepley (31), RHP Steven Klimek (33), RHP Kory Groves (34), LHP Xavier Borde (36), 2B Jack Graham (38) UTIL Frank Crinella (39) on RHP Michael Costello (40). On Tuesday, the Orioles signed their second first-round pick SS Ryan Mountcastle, sixth-round pick RHP Jay Flaa and 10th rounder LHP Reid Love. … Bud Norris (2-4, 8.29 faces Sean O’Sullivan (1-5, 5.08) on Thursday at 1:05 p.m.