By Greg Burud — 03/08/2011
It took nine innings, but the Phillies got the job done. It was a seesaw game. Carlos Rivero hit a bloop single to center field to bring home Josh Barfield and a 4-3 walkoff win. It was another walkoff loss for the Orioles. Yesterday, Baltimore dropped a 6-5 decision to the Red Sox in Fort Myers. Today, Cole Hamels got the Phillies off to a slow start. Right at the beginning, he walked the first two batters. Then, a Jake Fox double and a Josh Bell sacrifice fly gave the Orioles a 2-0 lead. In the fourth inning, Ryan Howard homered off Brian Matusz to get one back for Philadelphia.
In the fifth, the Phillies evened the score when Shane Victorino doubled to left field. Josh Bell’s sixth inning double put the Orioles back on top, 3-2. Then, Baltimore gave it away again. Orioles reliever Adrian Rosario got through the eighth inning, but lost it in the ninth. Rosario struggled with his control. He walked the first two batters of the final frame then misplayed a bunt to load the bases. That set up Rivero’s heroics and left the Orioles disappointed once again.