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.


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.


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.


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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