Baltimore Orioles defeat San Diego Padres, 7-1

GUTHRIE SHINES AGAIN It stands to reason that Jeremy Guthrie is going to struggle one of these outings.

Every pitcher does. But it hasn't happened yet, and Guthrie continues to boost his American League Rookie of the Year and All-Star candidacy. Last night, he held the Padres, who had 12 runs a night earlier, to one run and four hits in eight innings, improving to 4-1 with a 2.42 ERA. Guthrie, who struck out nine and took a shutout into the eighth, has given up two earn...

SAN DIEGO -- Jeremy Guthrie stepped out of the dugout in the first inning last night and resisted the urge to pinch himself. If this was a dream, he didn't want to wake up. Just go directly to the mound, with no sudden movements, and bask in a moment that didn't seem real.

The Orioles scored three runs before Guthrie threw a pitch. He had a lead. He had some offensive support. He had a chance to win without needing a shutout.

Guthrie wasn't taking any chances, though...