Hiroki Kuroda lives dangerously, escapes

In the bottom of the fourth, Hiroki Kuroda walked Chris Davis to lead off the inning. Since Kuroda came into the league in 2008, he has the ninth-lowest walk rate among all starting pitchers, yet he walked the free-swinging Davis on five pitches. That didn't auger well.

Adam Jones gummed things up further for Kuroda, hitting a single that somehow snuck under the glove of Alex Rodriguez, putting runners on first and second with no one out. Lead-off walks always score. It's in the rules.

But Matt Wieters flew out and Jim Thome hit into a force out. After Mark Reynolds was hit with a pitch, the powerful Ryan Flaherty grounded out on a sinker back to Kuroda.

On the other side, Miguel Gonzalez is looking fantastic, allowing three hits without a walk in four innings. His only blemish is giving up a run on a ball that should have been caught.

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