Play it again -- Orioles 8, Athletics 4

May 28, 2007|By Roch Kubatko

Running away

The Orioles must have liked starter Joe Blanton's delivery. Or they were just in a hurry to score. They stole five bases yesterday, including three by Corey Patterson. Two of Patterson's swipes came in the sixth inning, and he was part of a double steal with Brian Roberts. Both men scored on Nick Markakis' three-run homer. Jay Payton had the other steal for the Orioles, who began the day fourth in the American League with 36 thefts, one fewer than the Texas Rangers.

Muscling up

When the Orioles weren't outrunning balls thrown by Oakland catcher Adam Melhuse, they were crushing the ones delivered by Blanton. Criticized for having a lineup that often lacks punch, the Orioles hit three homers that accounted for seven runs. The other run scored on a single by Roberts. Miguel Tejada homered for the third time in four games, a two-run shot that gave the Orioles a 2-0 lead in the third inning, and Melvin Mora added a two-run blast in the fourth. It was Mora's first homer since May 1.

Good enough

This wasn't Daniel Cabrera's best outing, but it allowed him to win after two straight defeats. He surrendered four runs and five hits in six innings. He also walked four, including Nick Swisher leading off the fourth after Tejada had given him the lead. Swisher ended up scoring. Swisher also hit a three-run homer off Cabrera, who threw 102 pitches.

On deck

The Orioles travel to Kansas City for a three-game series at Kauffman Stadium. Steve Trachsel starts the opener, and he'll oppose right-hander Scott Elarton, who came off the disabled list May 12. Elarton is making his fourth start. He hadn't won in 10 months before defeating Oakland on May 17. He's faced the Orioles once in his career, while pitching for the Cleveland Indians in 2005. He allowed one run and three hits in seven innings and didn't get the decision in Cleveland's 5-4 victory.

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