Reimold has productive day off that wasn't

Reimold has productive day off that wasn't

CHICAGO -- Manager Buck Showalter gave bench players Endy Chavez and Nick Johnson the start for Monday's series opener against the White Sox with hopes of getting both guys jump-started offensively, and to give left fielder Nolan Reimold -- who had a left hamstring cramp Saturday -- one more day.

"Definitely just wanted to be careful," Showalter said of Reimold, who stayed in the game Saturday -- hitting his second consecutive home run. "We got a left-hander [opposing starter on Tuesday] we definitely want him ready for, cold windy night, but I'll use him tonight if I have to."

As it turned out, Reimold was the one who jump-started the Orioles' 10-4 win.

Reimold entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning, striking out in his first plate appearance. He made a stellar grab in the bottom half of the frame, sprawling into the stands after running down a popup off the bat of Alejandro De Aza.

Reimold stepped to the plate to lead off the ninth with his team trailing by a pair, and he homered on the sixth pitch he saw from White Sox reliever Hector Santiago.

Adam Jones' blast two batters later sent the game to the 10th inning, where Reimold came to the plate with runners on first and third and his team up a run. He singled to left field on the first pitch he saw from Zach Stewart, capping a 2-for-3 day with a pair of key RBIs.

All three of Reimold's homers this season have come in the ninth inning.

"I'll take 'em anytime," he said after the Orioles' victory. "Anytime they come is fine by me, [and] I'm sure good with everybody."