Brian Matusz had already allowed 11 hits through five innings of work Tuesday night, but Orioles manager Buck Showalter wanted to see if he could scrape one more inning out of his left-handed starter.

Showalter believed Matusz earned the right to go out for a sixth inning. He had allowed just three runs and thrown just 74 pitches. The manager wanted to put faith in his young pitcher.

And beiginning a stretch of 13 games in 13 days leading up to the All-Star break, one inning would make a huge difference in preserving the Orioles' bullpen.