Play it again -- Blue Jays 6, Orioles 4

May 23, 2007|By ROCH KUBATKO

Can't hold a tie

The Orioles overcame a 2-0 deficit against their nemesis, A.J. Burnett, by scoring twice in the fourth inning. But starter Daniel Cabrera was gone by the fifth after allowing four runs in the inning and making a crucial error. So much for being even. Toronto sent nine batters to the plate, including Matt Stairs, who reached with two outs when Cabrera dropped Kevin Millar's throw while covering first base. Vernon Wells scored from second on the play.

Could have been more

A potentially explosive rally for the Orioles fizzled in the fourth. Nick Markakis doubled and Miguel Tejada and Ramon Hernandez walked to load the bases with no outs and the Blue Jays leading 2-0. Aubrey Huff singled to center to score Markakis and keep the bases filled. But Burnett caught a break. Melvin Mora sent a bouncer to second baseman Aaron Hill, who started a double play. The tying run scored, but nothing else. Millar grounded out to end the inning.

Predictable retaliation

As soon as Cabrera hit Troy Glaus in the left hip in the fifth, it was assumed that Burnett would throw at an Oriole. That's usually how it works. Glaus glared at Cabrera upon impact but flipped his bat and walked to first base without incident. Burnett's first pitch in the bottom half of the inning sailed behind Jay Gibbons' legs, bringing a warning to both benches from plate umpire Mark Wegner. Perhaps it distracted Burnett, who served up a two-run homer to Brian Roberts.

On deck

The Orioles will take another crack at the Blue Jays tonight, with Steve Trachsel opposing right-hander Dustin McGowan. Trachsel picked up his first win as an Oriole against the Blue Jays, a 7-3 victory April 22. The Orioles have lost four straight to the Blue Jays since sweeping them in April.

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