MIAMI – For the second straight game, the Orioles won in a way that wasn’t particularly pleasing to the eye. However, it was certainly pleasing to them.
Trailing 3-0 after four, the Orioles scored two runs in the fifth, four in the sixth and two more in the eighth to best the Miami Marlins 8-5 before 19,977 at Marlins Park on Friday night.
The Orioles (19-20) have won four of five and are a game under .500 for the first time since May 6. It was the second straight grueling win for the team.
“Every win in the big leagues is huge, but especially when you have those kind of long games when you’re mentally in it for a long time, and there’s a lot of pitching changes, a lot of matchups played,” Caleb Joseph said.
Joseph and Jimmy Paredes had three hits and Tyler Wilson got his first major league win.
Paredes is now batting .353, and he now has enough at-bats to qualify for the batting title.
“He takes every at-bat like it’s his last and that is paying off,” Ubaldo Jimenez said.
Jimenez allowed three runs in four innings.
Dee Gordon led off the first with a single, stole second and third. He scored on Giancarlo Stanton’s single to left.
Ichiro Suzuki and Adeiny Hechavarria began the second with singles. Suzuki came home on Henderson Alvarez’s single to right. After Gordon grounded to first, Marcell Ozuna’s sharp ground ball to second was fielded by Paredes, who elected to throw home, but Ozuna was safe, and Miami (16-27) led 3-0.
The Orioles had one hit in the first three innings off Alvarez (0-4). In the fourth, they loaded the bases with two outs but J.J. Hardy flied to center, ending the inning.
Alejandro De Aza and Joseph started the fifth with singles. Delmon Young batted for Jimenez, and hit a long double to center to score De Aza. Manny Machado’s grounder to short scored Joseph.
Wilson (1-0) pitched a scoreless fifth, and in the sixth, the Orioles batted around and took a 6-3 lead.
Chris Davis and Travis Snider walked to start the sixth, Hardy bunted back to Cishek, but his throw to third was wild, and Davis scored. De Aza was walked intentionally to load the bases and Joseph singled to center off Steve Cishek to score Snider and Hardy.
Wilson bunted De Aza to third and Joseph to second, and with two outs, De Aza scored on Jimmy Paredes’ infield hit.
In the bottom of the sixth, Wilson allowed a single to Hechavarria, an RBI double to Michael Morse and a single to Gordon before yielding to Tommy Hunter.
Gordon stole his fourth base of the game, but Hunter deftly extricated himself by striking out Ozuna, getting Stanton on a pop out to first and Martin Prado on a grounder to third that Machado fielded on his knees.
“I thought Tommy had probably the big outing of the night, coming into the game in that situation and holding the lead,” manager Buck Showalter said.
Wilson got the win, but it was Hunter’s two scoreless innings that were key.
“It was great to get out there and obviously get a win, But I think I was just a benefactor of Tommy Hunter coming in and then pitching exceptionally well, honestly. Just being in the right place at the right time,” Wilson said.
Justin Bour singled off Hunter to lead off the seventh, and made it to third with one out, but was caught up in a rundown on Suzuki’s grounder.
Machado’s two-run double in the eighth made it 8-4.
Bour’s second home run of the year off Brad Brach cut the lead to 8-5 in the ninth
Zach Britton retired Hechavarria on a grounder for his 10th save.
The Orioles have won two games despite getting just seven innings out of their last two starters. The bullpen needs reinforcement, and it’s possible the team will add an arm. Norfolk starter Eddie Gamboa and reliever Oliver Drake are both on the 40-man roster.
Showalter didn’t elaborate when asked about Bud Norris’ nine-run, 12-hit performance in his 2 2/3 inning rehab assignment at Norfolk. He said he would have to talk with Tides manager Ron Johnson, pitching coach Mike Griffin and Norris before decided on a course of action.
NOTES: Mike Wright (1-0, 0.00) faces Dan Haren (4-2, 3.47) on Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. The game will be televised by FOX Sports. … Miami has lost eight straight, and five in a row since Dan Jennings became their manager. … Alvarez was put on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation after the game. … Former Orioles pitcher Brad Bergesen signed with the Atlantic League York (Pa.) Revolution.