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Norris throws 6 shutout innings and Orioles endure 2 rain delays in 5-4 win over Reds

  • Baltimore Orioles' Jimmy Paredes, right, greets teammate Alejandro De Aza after he scored on a single by Chris Davis in the first inning of an interleague baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    Baltimore Orioles' Jimmy Paredes, right, greets teammate Alejandro De Aza after he scored on a single by Chris Davis in the first inning of an interleague baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)  (The Associated Press)

  • Baltimore Orioles' Alejandro De Aza singles in the first inning of an interleague baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    Baltimore Orioles' Alejandro De Aza singles in the first inning of an interleague baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)  (The Associated Press)

  • Members of the Cincinnati Reds watch from the dugout as heavy rain falls during a rain delay in the first inning of an interleague baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    Members of the Cincinnati Reds watch from the dugout as heavy rain falls during a rain delay in the first inning of an interleague baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)  (The Associated Press)

Bud Norris pitched six shutout innings, Nelson Cruz notched his career-high 91st RBI during a four-run first, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 Tuesday night.

Jonathan Schoop homered for the Orioles, who extended their lead in the AL East to a season-high 9 1/2 games. Baltimore endured two rain delays totaling more two hours and withstood an eighth-inning grand slam by Jay Bruce to notch its seventh win in nine games.

Norris (12-8) allowed four hits, struck out seven and walked one. He was 0-3 with a 5.11 ERA in his previous seven starts against Cincinnati.

Bruce's third career slam, off Darren O'Day, got the Reds to 5-4.