- The Washington Times - Friday, May 29, 2009

BALTIMORE | Add David Hernandez to the expanding list of Baltimore Orioles rookie pitchers who have collected a win in their first major league start.

Hernandez took a four-hitter into the sixth inning, Luke Scott homered twice and had four RBI and the Orioles beat the Detroit Tigers 5-1 on Thursday night for their season-high fourth straight victory.

Nolan Reimold also homered for the Orioles. The rookie has connected in three straight games and has five in 14 games since being recalled from Class AAA Norfolk on May 14.

Hernandez allowed one run, five hits and four walks in 5 2/3 innings. Recalled from Norfolk before the game, the right-hander became the fourth Orioles pitcher this season to win his first start - joining Koji Uehara, Brad Bergesen and Jason Berken.

These are good times for the Orioles, who add catching prospect Matt Wieters to the mix Friday.

“Everybody is jumping around. Everybody is happy. Everybody has smiles on everybody’s faces,” center fielder Adam Jones said. “The team is getting a little younger, but it is getting more interesting.”

Jones finished the proceedings by stuffing a shaving-cream pie into Hernandez’s face during the rookie’s postgame interview. One day earlier, Reimold got the pie treatment after hitting a game-ending homer in the 11th against Toronto.

How long can this continue?

“As long as we keep winning,” Jones said. “I guess Wieters will be here tomorrow, so hopefully we can pie him.”

Scott hit a solo shot in the second inning and a three-run drive in the eighth. It was Scott’s sixth career two-homer game and gave him three longballs in two starts since returning from the disabled list Wednesday.

“He’s hit some big, big shots for us,” manager Dave Trembley said.

Armando Galarraga (3-5) gave up three runs and 10 hits in seven innings to lose his fifth straight decision.

“He pitched very well,” Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. “He gave us a chance to win.”

After Hernandez left in the sixth with runners at first and third, Matt Albers walked Gerald Laird to load the bases before striking out Ramon Santiago.

In the seventh, Jim Johnson retired Miguel Cabrera on a popup with two outs and a runner on third. One inning later, Johnson got Laird to hit into an inning-ending double play with two runners on.

Clete Thomas drove in the lone run for the Tigers, who stranded 10 and went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

“We were terrible tonight, just terrible,” Leyland said. “You can’t do that up here and win games.”

Hernandez got off to a shaky start, giving up two walks and a single in the first to load the bases with two outs for Brandon Inge, who hit a routine fly to left.

“You don’t quit after the first inning, but that would have been a nice inning to put a little something on him,” Leyland said. “[Hernandez] was very good. I was very impressed with him.”

Hernandez retired eight straight batters until Curtis Granderson hit a broken-bat single in the fourth. Inge then bounced into a double play. Thomas hit a tying RBI single with two out in the fifth, but Reimold connected in the bottom half to put Baltimore back in front.

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