Newhan picked the Orioles up Thursday, delivering a tiebreaking, two-run triple in a 5-4 victory over the Devil Rays. It was Baltimore’s second win in six games.
“I always had confidence in myself, but in this game you’ve got to prove yourself every night,” said Newhan, who finished 3-for-5 with two RBIs. “Tonight was a good one. We won, I had some success, but tomorrow’s going to be a new day.”
The third basemen, who is playing in place of injured Melvin Mora, has hit safely in 23 of 24 games—including all 23 starts since signing with Baltimore June 18. He is batting .433 in that span.
“This kid, since the day we got him, has been swinging the bat,” Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli said. “He’s done a wonderful job.”
Newhan will try to help Baltimore end its recent lack of success against left-handed starters as they go up against southpaw John Halama.
Since a 13-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on June 30, when they reached lefty Brian Anderson for five earned runs, the Orioles are 0-4 against southpaw starters. Baltimore managed four runs against two of those pitchers but was held scoreless by the other two.
Overall this season, the Orioles are 9-19 when the opposition starts a lefty, and are batting a combined .248 against lefties.
Halama will make an emergency start in place of Mark Hendrickson, who has been bothered by a stiff neck. He is 3-3 with a 3.09 ERA in 15 career appearances, including eight starts, against the Orioles. The 6-foot-5 hurler has not allowed a run over three innings of relief in his last two appearances against Baltimore.
The Devil Rays have lost five straight games, and eight of their last 10 since they were a season-high two games above .500 on July 3.