Play it again -- Orioles 3, Indians 2, 10 innings

May 05, 2007|By STEPHEN WHYNO

Perfect 10

Though the Orioles struggled to cash in on chances throughout the game, they made up for it in the 10th inning. Jay Payton led off the inning with a single, and Corey Patterson's bunt turned into a crucial hit when Indians pitcher Tom Mastny muffed the throw to first base, allowing Payton to advance to third. After Mastny walked Brian Roberts, outfielder Nick Markakis made him pay. Markakis lined a single to right field to drive in the winning run.

Bedard's one bad inning

Just like his start in last week's 6-5 loss to the Athletics, Erik Bedard ran into one inning's worth of trouble after not allowing a hit for the first few innings. Last night, Bedard's no-hit effort was interrupted in the fifth inning with a single and then it got worse when Casey Blake erased the Orioles' slim lead with a two-run home run to left field. That one inning spoiled an otherwise stellar start in which Bedard allowed only one hit and no runs in his five other innings.

Bullpen magic

Taking over for Bedard, the Orioles' bullpen shut down what has been a very hot Indians lineup. The trio of Chad Bradford, John Parrish and Chris Ray allowed only three hits over four innings. Combined, the bullpen threw only 39 pitches in its first three innings. Ray quickly retired the first five batters he faced, ran into some trouble in the 10th inning but emerged unscathed and got the win.

On deck

With the rotation in disarray after injuries to Jaret Wright and Adam Loewen, the Orioles send Daniel Cabrera to the mound tonight. If nothing else, Cabrera (1-3, 4.50 ERA) has been consistent, giving up between two and four runs every start. Second-year man Jeremy Sowers, who is 0-1 with a 4.40 ERA, is scheduled to start for the Indians. Sowers allowed six hits and two earned runs in his last game against the Orioles last Saturday.

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