BALTIMORE – Ubaldo Jimenez started Tuesday’s game by allowing five of the seven Atlanta Braves batters to reach base. It didn’t look like Jimenez would be around terribly long.
Jimenez fooled many, but especially the Braves by pitching six hitless innings and coming out with a 7-3 win before 28,592 at Oriole Park.
It was their fourth straight win.
Nick Markakis started Tuesday’s game as he did on Monday, by accepting a long, loud ovation. Instead of doubling, he singled to center. With one out, Freddie Freeman hit his 13th home run of the year for a 2-0 lead.
Initially, Freeman’s ball was ruled in play, and was called a home run on a crew chief review.
Jimenez, who had allowed 14 runs in seven innings in his last two starts, allowed one-out singles to A.J. Pierzynski and Jonny Gomes and hit Jace Peterson with a pitch to load the bases. Jimenez retired Chris Johnson on a fly ball to center.
Atlanta (46-54) had three baserunners in the next six innings, all on walks, and Jimenez (8-6), who hadn’t won in his last four starts, had his first win in July.
In his first game as a leadoff batter after four games in the third spot, Manny Machado singled. Jimmy Paredes walked, and Adam Jones lined out to first. Chris Davis hit a long three run homer to center, his 23rd, and the Orioles (50-49) led 3-2.
Julio Teheran (6-6) hit Travis Snider with a pitch, and with two outs walked Chris Parmelee and Caleb Joseph before Ryan Flaherty grounded out to end the inning.
Jones singled with two outs in the second, and Davis hit his second home run in as many innings, giving him his 24th of the season, his 10th multi-home run game of his career. The five RBIs tied his career high, and the Orioles took a 5-2 lead.
The Orioles extended the lead to 6-2 in the fifth when J.J. Hardy singled to extend his hitting streak to 11 games and scored on Joseph’s RBI single.
Machado reached on an error by third baseman Adonis Garcia to start the sixth, and after Paredes singled, Jones doubled to score Marchado, and the Orioles had a 7-2 lead.
Peterson’s RBI single in the eighth cut the Oriole lead to 7-3.
NOTES: Markakis was 2-for-4 with a walk. He is 4-for-9 in two games. … Mike Foltynewicz (3-2, 5.27) faces Chris Tillman (7-7, 4.71) on Wednesday night.