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Guthrie not afraid to pitch on inside of plate

Guthrie not afraid to pitch on inside of plate

ARLINGTON -- Starter Jeremy Guthrie kept his team in the game long enough for his teammates to rally for a 6-4 victory Thursday night, partly because of his willingness to pitch inside.

Guthrie didn't hit any Rangers batters -- Texas pitchers hit two Orioles in the eighth inning, after Guthrie was out of the game. But Guthrie was able to work out of trouble all night, especially after Texas loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the fifth. The Rangers led 4-1 at the time, and Guthrie was able to escape the jam without allowing a run.

"As long as I know the plate belongs to both, the pitcher and the hitter," Orioles interim manager Juan Samuel said. "And we all know that a lot of the pitchers that have success have to pitch inside.


"I know a lot of hitters that don't like guys [to] come up in there, but, hey, that plate belongs to both guys and who's going to claim it. We all say that to be able to win and to keep those hitters off stride, you have to pitch both sides of the plate, and we saw some of that with Jeremy."