BALTIMORE– Just one at-bat shy of his career longest homerless drought, Orioles first baseman Garrett Atkins finally went yard on Wednesday night.
Atkins drove Athletics right-hander Trevor Cahill’s curveball 374 feet over the left field fence at Camden Yards to put the Orioles on the scoreboard. Atkins’ solo shot -which came in the third inning –snapped a 47-game drought and ended his homerless at-bat stretch at 146.
Serving as the team’s designated hitter for the second consecutive game, Atkins’ blast marked his seventh RBI of the season and was his first homer since Sept. 10, 2009. The slumping infielder has bee DH’ing in the wake of injury to Luke Scott.