Play it again -- Orioles 8, Indians 2

May 06, 2007|By ROCH KUBATKO | ROCH KUBATKO,Sun Reporter

Cleaning up

Catcher Ramon Hernandez must like batting in the fourth spot in the order. He has done it for three straight games, and last night, he hit his first home run and had a sacrifice fly. Hernandez's three-run shot in the first inning provided an early lead for starter Daniel Cabrera. It also was the first time the Orioles had scored three runs or more in an inning in their past 57, dating back to April 27 in Cleveland.

Control issues

Cabrera needed only 11 pitches to get through the first inning, an encouraging sign for a guy who tends to lose the plate. But Cabrera walked two batters in the second and another in the third, after Mike Rouse led off with a double. David Dellucci grounded into a double play and Travis Hafner struck out to kill that rally. Trot Nixon walked in the fourth, but Cabrera stranded two runners.

Injury scare

Cabrera pulled up as he raced to cover first base on a popup in foul territory in the fourth inning. Kevin Millar made the catch, and Cabrera had a slight limp while walking back to the mound. Head trainer Richie Bancells stood next to him while Cabrera warmed up in the sixth. Cabrera nodded his head and Bancells returned to the dugout. After getting the first out, Cabrera lost his shutout when Victor Martinez homered.

On deck

With Adam Loewen on the disabled list after being diagnosed with a stress fracture in his left elbow, rookie Brian Burres will make his first major league start today for the Orioles. He has posted a 1.35 ERA in six relief appearances. The Indians counter with their own left-hander, C.C. Sabathia, who has won his first four decisions.

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