Play it again -- Indians 9, Orioles 6

May 07, 2007|By STEPHEN WHYNO

Burres burns out

After striking out the side in the first and taking a lead into the fourth inning, first-time Orioles starter Brian Burres was cruising. Then things turned ugly as Burres allowed three straight singles and a walk with one out. A single by Grady Sizemore drove in another run and Burres was yanked in favor of reliever Kurt Birkins. Jason Michaels ripped Birkins' first pitch for a double, driving in two runs charged to Burres. Burres surrendered five runs on seven hits.

Sizemore's saves

Sizemore went 2-for-5 with a walk and drove in a run, but he did more damage with his glove, making two highlight-reel catches. With the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth, Corey Patterson lined the ball to right-center. Sizemore sprinted to his left and made a diving catch to end the rally. When the Orioles rallied in the eighth, Patterson sliced the ball to about the same spot and Sizemore made a sliding catch to retire the side.

Too little, too late

Though it was not the offensive outburst they enjoyed Saturday night, the Orioles didn't exactly stall at the plate yesterday. They finished with six runs on 15 hits, but it was not enough to make up for pitching mistakes and some bad hops that allowed the Indians to score nine runs. The Indians racked up many of those runs in the middle innings while C.C. Sabathia held the Orioles scoreless. The Orioles scored two runs in the eighth and one in the ninth, but it was not enough.

On deck

After getting a paltry 3 2/3 innings from Burres yesterday, the Orioles send Steve Trachsel to the mound this afternoon. Trachsel (1-3, 4.08 ERA) will be opposed by Fausto Carmona. Carmona (2-1, 3.76) has allowed four home runs in four starts for the Indians.

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