Jimenez outduels Garrett, Orioles beat Reds 2-0

UBALDO JIMENEZ PITCHED TWO-HIT BALL INTO THE EIGHTH INNING, AND THE BALTIMORE ORIOLES OVERCAME A DOMINATING PERFORMANCE BY CINCINNATI ROOKIE AMIR GARRETT, BEATING THE REDS 2-0 ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

JIMENEZ (1-0) HELD THE REDS TO A PAIR OF SINGLES IN THE SECOND INNING AND FOUR WALKS OVERALL IN 7 2/3 INNINGS, STRIKING OUT THREE. BRAD BRACH PITCHED THE NINTH FOR HIS FIRST SAVE, COMPLETING THE ORIOLES' FIRST SHUTOUT OF THE SEASON. THE ORIOLES LOST CLOSER ZACH BRITTON TO A STRAINED FOREARM ON SUNDAY.

THE REDS WERE SHUT OUT FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS SEASON.

GARRETT (2-1) TIED THE REDS' MODERN RECORD FOR A ROOKIE LEFT-HANDER BY STRIKING OUT 12 IN SEVEN INNINGS. DENNYS REYES ALSO FANNED A DOZEN PIRATES IN 1998. GARY NOLAN SET THE CLUB'S MODERN ROOKIE RECORD BY FANNING 15 GIANTS IN 1967.

JONATHAN SCHOOP SINGLED HOME A RUN IN THE SECOND, WHEN THE ORIOLES PUT TOGETHER THREE HITS. MANNY MACHADO HIT A BASES-LOADED SACRIFICE FLY IN THE FIFTH. GARRETT LEFT AFTER THROWING 97 PITCHES, 71 OF THEM STRIKES.

GARRETT GAVE UP SEVEN HITS OVERALL, INCLUDING A SINGLE BY JIMENEZ IN THE SEVENTH INNING. JIMENEZ HAS 34 CAREER HITS, ALL OF THEM SINGLES.

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