Play it again -- Orioles 6, Royals 2

May 30, 2007|By JEFF ZREBIEC

Guthrie still solid

Those waiting for Jeremy Guthrie to suffer a letdown this year will have to wait another five days. Guthrie allowed a first-inning home run to Mark Teahen, but not much else over seven innings. He surrendered just two runs on three hits and a walk in seven innings, improving to 3-1 with a 3.02 ERA. In six starts this season spanning 40 1/3 innings, Guthrie has given up just seven earned runs. He's gone at least seven innings in four straight starts.

HERNANDEZ FINDS STROKE

When Orioles catcher Ramon Hernandez arrived at Kauffman Stadium, he was in a 5-for-36 slump and hadn't had an RBI since May 11. But facing the Royals' pitching staff has a way of breaking a player out of a slump. Hernandez had two hits, including a grand slam in Monday's series opener. Last night, he went 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBIs. His average was at .239 when he arrived here on Monday, but he left the park last night as a .263 hitter.

TWO-OUT RALLIES

Much of the offense's resurgence recently can be traced to the Orioles' success with two-out hitting. That continued last night as they scored both their runs in the second with two outs, along with their run in the third. Kevin Millar hit a bases-empty homer in the second and Hernandez had an RBI single. In the third, the Orioles got their run on consecutive two-out doubles from Miguel Tejada and Aubrey Huff. In the past four games, the Orioles have 14 two-out RBI hits.

ON DECK

Looking for his first victory since April 18, Erik Bedard (3-3, 4.10) takes the mound tonight for the Orioles against Kansas City right-hander Gil Meche (3-3, 3.18). Meche, who experienced some back stiffness in his last start, threw a bullpen session on Monday and was cleared to make the start. He is 4-2 with a 3.07 ERA in 13 career starts against the Orioles. Bedard is 2-1 with a 3.09 ERA in four career starts against the Royals.

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