Eveland's deep outing a big relief for O's

Eveland's deep outing a big relief for O's

KANSAS CITY -- Left-hander Dana Eveland emerged as an unsung hero on Wednesday in the Orioles' 15-inning win over the Royals.

Eveland delivered three scoreless innings from the 10th through the 12th innings and showed signs that his background as a starter could bode well for him when long relief is needed.

"He's not a pure lefty-on-lefty guy," O's manager Buck Showalter said. "Starting [left-handed] pitchers have to learn how to defend themselves against right-handed hitters. He was a big difference in that game. We didn't have to use [Luis] Ayala, and we were able to stay away from [Pedro] Strop, which we were trying to do."

Eveland's three innings tied for the long relief outing by a Baltimore pitcher this season. He allowed just one hit, a dribbler down the third-base line by Alex Gordon.