BAL@KC: McLouth hauls in towering pop fly at the wall

KANSAS CITY -- Orioles left fielder Nate McLouth, who has been a catalyst for the team's lineup all season, reached base five times for the first time in his career in Monday's 9-2 win over the Royals.

McLouth, who has posted a .290/.363/.413 line in 73 games from the leadoff spot, went 2-for-3 with a triple and three walks in the O's series-opening win against Kansas City, and has been a big part of the Orioles' recent success early in games.

"They walked him, but he was selective. So, there's two sides of that," said manager Buck Showalter, whose club has outscored opponents 16-1 in the first three innings the past four games. "Nate's been pretty consistent since Day 1, that's kind of what his personality is about, too. There's a lot of guys in here I have no worries, I know what I'm getting when they walk through the door. Nate brings what this club is supposed to bring.

"He's been on the other side of the fence. A lot of people think the grass is greener somewhere else. Nate's a guy who has been around. He likes it here, he knows we get what it brings, and he's going to bring it. It's just a good place for him. He doesn't get outside of what he is."

McLouth signed a one-year deal to return to Baltimore last winter and he's played his way into an everyday spot in the lineup.

"It's how I hoped it would work out," said McLouth, whose signing is even more important, given left fielder Nolan Reimold's season-ending spinal correction surgery. "It wasn't something I thought a ton about. I thought if I came in and did what I knew I could do, this would be what happened. It's worked out well."

Since the All-Star Break, McLouth has gone 8-for-16 (.500) with a double, two triples and an RBI, and he extended his career-high in stolen bases to 25 this weekend in Texas. He owns a .286/.358/.419 line through 100 games overall.

Wieters gets rare night off

BAL@TEX: Wieters' homer gives Orioles the early lead

ARLINGTON -- Catcher Matt Wieters wasn't in Tuesday's starting lineup, with manager Buck Showalter giving him a day off in the middle of nine consecutive night games, and also working backup Taylor Teagarden into the mix.

Was it hard to sit Wieters, who had gone 8-for-17 with two doubles, a homer, five runs scored and two RBIs over the past four games?

"It's as much a reason to keep it that way, too, physically," Showalter said. "We talked about it a couple days ago, where we were going to go. Just thought this was a good fit. I knew he was going to get one day off through this road trip because the schedule is, as usual, not as [it] should be."

Wieters, who historically has gotten better offensively as the season goes on, is on a five-game hitting streak. Having him clicking offensively helps provide some lineup protection behind slugger Chris Davis.

Teagarden last started on July 6.

Worth noting

• Nolan Reimold underwent corrective spinal surgery Tuesday at the Florida Spine Institute. Reimold will miss the remainder of the season.

• Steve Pearce (wrist) is preparing to go out on a rehab assignment in the next day or so.

• Steve Johnson (left oblique) will pitch for short-season Aberdeen on Wednesday.

• The Orioles, along with the Orioles Wives, Oriole Advocates, WJZ-TV and MASN personalities, Von Paris Moving and Storage and the Maryland Food Bank, will hold their 27th annual Food and Funds Drive at Oriole Park at Camden Yards during the weekend series against the Red Sox.

The groups will collect non-perishable food items and monetary donations from fans at each ballpark entrance from the time gates open until the middle of the second inning of each game. All food and funds collected go to the Maryland Food Bank. Von Paris Moving and Storage will pick up and deliver all items donated.

Fans who cannot attend the games can donate food online at www.mdfoodbank.org/orioles. For more information, fans can call 888-848-BIRD or visit www.oriolesreach.com.