By the time the bats began to cool in the fifth, Brad Bergesen was just settling in.
The Orioles shrugged off their recent slump, dismissing the Braves in a series-clinching, 11-2, thrashing before 26,770 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Every Orioles starter had a hit, backing up Bergesen, who tossed his first career complete game.
The Orioles were averaging 1.9 runs per game from June 1 through Friday's series opener, but they erupted for 19 runs over the final two games of the series.
Baltimore sent seven batters to the plate in the second, and eight each in the third and fourth innings. The leadoff batter reached in each of the first four innings, and scored in the first three.
"You just need to get one time to break through, and that's all," manager Dave Trembley said. "[Saturday] night, they broke through, scoring those runs late in the game. Today, everybody came to the ballpark with a carryover, a lot of confidence, hits by everybody in the lineup."
Trembley said before the game he was more confident than usual that the club would win. The club was 1-8 in Sunday games entering the series finale with Atlanta, but Trembley's confidence was rewarded, in part due to the offense, but also due to the rookie Bergesen.
Bergesen tossed a complete-game five-hitter, marking the first time an Orioles starter has gone the distance since Chris Waters' start against Toronto on Sept. 16, 2008.
"I just tried to pound the strike zone and get them to put them in play. The defense today was just tremendous," Bergesen said. "I had a couple balls hit hard that worked out in my favor today, right at guys. I just kept pounding the strike zone."
Bergesen faced some adversity in the ninth inning, when David Ross victimized the righty for his second home run in as many at-bats. But Bergesen regrouped to strike out the final two batters, pounding his fist into his glove after retiring Martin Prado to finish his 112-pitch masterpiece.
"It was a great feeling," Bergesen said. "They started putting something together, and [Ross] hit that solo home run, and so you start getting thoughts in the back of your mind that you might not finish it off. So to strike out the last two guys and get a complete game, that was huge."
Braves starter Derek Lowe was the opposite of his counterpart, turning in the second-shortest outing of his career. The Orioles touched up the right-handed sinkerballer for seven runs on eight hits in 2 1/3 innings.
Ty Wigginton had his eighth career two-homer game, driving both his fourth and fifth homers an equidistant 392 feet. Wigginton, who has struggled to find both consistent playing time and productivity, tied a career high with four runs scored.
"It definitely feels good," Wigginton said. "I think I have said all along I feel like if I get my at-bats, I'll do what I have in the past. It's a long season still, it's still fairly early and everything will work itself out."
Brian Roberts, who led off the game with a walk and stole second, scored on Aubrey Huff's groundout. Wigginton then followed Huff with a two-run home run to left-center field.
Roberts was a pest again in the second, singling home Gregg Zaun with one out. With Robert Andino on third, Roberts got caught leaning off first base, and after getting in a rundown between first and second, Andino broke from third to score standing up as Yunel Escobar threw home late. Roberts returned safely to first base and Andino was credited with a steal of home.
Trembley was coy about whether a play was on for Andino to swipe home as Roberts got into a rundown. But Andino was clear -- he read the play and didn't hesitate.
"That just happened," Andino said with a smile. "It made it look like a play. Secret play."
Wigginton and Luke Scott opened the third inning with singles, and both scored. In the fourth, Andino's two-run double was the big blow. Wigginton then hit his second homer in the fifth to cap the five straight innings of runs.
With his big day, Roberts extended his hitting streak to six games, going 11-for-22 over that stretch. The back-to-back wins were the first for the Orioles since May 28-29.
"I felt good about the game when I got here this morning," Trembley said. "I just felt good about it today. Because last night gave me, and I think gave the guys, a real feeling that the worst is behind us and let's focus on today and go forward, and I think everybody's been waiting for that. All of [the media has] been waiting for that, fans have been waiting for that. The team did it, let them take all the credit in the world for it. We evened up the homestand. Let's enjoy the off-day and get ready to play the Mets on Tuesday."