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Orioles beat Reds 5-4 to extend lead in AL East

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 3, 2014 at 12:20 am •  Published: September 3, 2014
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BALTIMORE (AP) — Bud Norris found a way to work around two lengthy rain delays.

Mat Latos did not.

That goes a long way toward explaining why the Baltimore Orioles beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 on Tuesday night.

After rain delayed the start of the game for 23 minutes, another shower halted play in the top of the first inning for 1 hour, 46 minutes.

Norris played catch and walked around during the delay. He returned to throw six shutout innings.

"You want to stay loose, you want to pitch," he said. "It's your day to go."

Latos threw his first pitch nearly 2 1/2 hours after the scheduled starting time. The right-hander gave up four runs in the first inning and a solo homer to Jonathan Schoop in the second to fall behind 5-0.

"It (stunk)," Latos said. "You know, all of your adrenaline comes out of the bullpen. I like to create a tempo in the bullpen how I am going to pitch in the game. ... I felt really good coming out of the pen. Mother Nature must have snuck up on us again. It's the second time this has happened to me in two away games."

Latos (5-4) yielded five runs and a season-high 10 hits over five innings in his first loss since July 27.

Nelson Cruz delivered his career-high 91st RBI in the pivotal first inning with a single. Chris Davis and Caleb Joseph added RBI singles around a run-scoring groundout to send the Orioles to their seventh win in nine games.

Baltimore withstood an eighth-inning grand slam by Jay Bruce to extend its lead in the AL East to a season-high 9 1/2 games.

"You do whatever it takes to stay focused for the game," Cruz said. "I think we do a really good job in those situations."

Norris (12-8) allowed four hits, struck out seven and walked one. He was 0-3 with a 5.11 ERA in his previous seven starts against Cincinnati.

"That was pretty impressive to go out there," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.

Bruce's third career slam, off Darren O'Day, got the Reds to 5-4.

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