With nine straight losses, the Baltimore Orioles were in dire need of any kind of win against any opponent. Getting a convincing road victory over a first-place team was merely a bonus.
The Orioles look to win a series for the first time this month when they conclude a three-game set Thursday afternoon against the NL West-leading San Diego Padres.
Rookie Jeremy Guthrie allowed four hits over eight innings and the Orioles ended a nine-game skid Wednesday with a 7-1 victory.
The win was the first for interim manager Dave Trembley, who made his major league managerial debut Tuesday in a 12-6 loss. Trembley replaced Sam Perlozzo, who was fired on Monday.
“It’s great for the Orioles,” said Trembley, who spent the previous 20 seasons managing in the minors before becoming Baltimore’s bullpen coach. “It’s about the Baltimore Orioles and it’s about Dave Trembley being the manager of the Baltimore Orioles, and I think it comes in that order.
“I told the team the first day it’s a privilege to be the manager of the club. That’s how it feels right now.”
The Orioles (30-41), who are 3-14 in June, haven’t won a series since sweeping a three-game set May 28-30 at Kansas City.
Baltimore, which ranks 13th in the AL in runs scored, is hitting .329 (25-for-76) with 25 runs scored in the first two games of this series against the Padres (41-29), who lead the majors with a 3.02 ERA.
Tejada was hit on the left wrist by a pitch from Doug Brocail in the eighth inning. He stayed in the game and eventually scored, but did not come out for the ninth.
Tejada, who has played in 1,151 consecutive games, said he was going to a hospital to have a CAT scan after X-rays came up negative.
“I thought it was more of a courtesy, out of respect to a guy like Tejada, to get him out of the game, we’ve got a day game tomorrow, let’s get him iced, see how it is and then kind of go from there,” Trembley said.
Erik Bedard (4-4, 3.64 ERA) will try to win for only the second time in 11 starts. The Orioles ace is 1-2 in his past 10 starts despite allowing three runs or fewer nine times in that span. The left-hander had another strong outing Friday against Arizona, but did not factor in the decision after yielding two runs and six hits in seven innings with nine strikeouts.
Bedard, the major league leader with 112 strikeouts, is 4-1 with a 1.83 ERA in 10 career interleague starts. He has never faced the Padres.
San Diego, which has lost four of five at home, will have a new face in the lineup Thursday.
Barrett, who was hitting .256 with nine homers and 29 RBIs for the Cubs, is expected to split time with Josh Bard.
Barrett made headlines earlier this month for his dugout fight with teammate Carlos Zambrano.
“It’s unfortunate some of the things that have happened to me have happened,” Barrett said on the Padres’ official Web site. “I’m looking forward to starting here as a member of this team and put all that behind me. Some of the things that happened weren’t part of my character.”
David Wells (3-4, 4.86) counters for San Diego. The left-hander wasn’t particularly sharp Friday at Wrigley Field, as he allowed four runs and a season-high 10 hits over six innings in a 4-1 loss to the Cubs. He has pitched very well at home, going 1-0 with a 2.95 ERA in six starts this season.
Wells had held opponents to three runs or fewer in five consecutive starts before that streak ended on Friday.
Wells, who pitched for the Orioles in 1996, is 16-12 with a 3.91 ERA in 33 career starts against them. He is 3-0 with a 1.99 ERA in his last three starts against Baltimore - all coming with Boston.