Play It Again -- Padres 12, Orioles 6

June 20, 2007|By JEFF ZREBIEC


San Diego ace right-hander Jake Peavy, who entered the game 5-0 with a 1.65 ERA in his past eight starts, shut out the Orioles for five innings while the Padres built a 5-0 lead. But the Orioles got to him for three runs in the sixth on Miguel Tejada's RBI single and Melvin Mora's single that scored two runs because of third baseman Chase Headley's throwing error. However, with the bases loaded and two outs, Peavy struck out catcher Paul Bako to end the inning.


It was a bad omen when Steve Trachsel loaded the bases without recording an out in the first inning, though he got out of the jam with a strikeout and a double play. But Marcus Giles hit a three-run homer in the second, Khalil Greene had a bases-empty shot in the fourth and Mike Cameron hit an RBI double in the fifth before Trachsel's evening was over. He allowed five earned runs on six hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings.


Before the game, the Orioles brought up veterans Paul Shuey and Rob Bell in an attempt to stabilize their bullpen. But it struggled again last night, specifically Scott Williamson and John Parrish, who contributed to the Padres' six-run sixth inning. Williamson allowed three hits, one walk and three earned runs in wo-thirds of an inning. Parrish surrendered three hits, two walks and three earned runs in 1 1/3 innings.


In Game 2 of the series, Orioles right-hander Jeremy Guthrie (3-1, 2.57) will oppose Padres right-hander Justin Germano (5-0, 2.36). Germano pitched six shutout innings in his last start Thursday, holding the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to three hits and one walk. Guthrie hasn't lost since April 24, when he was beaten by the Oakland Athletics in his first start of the season.

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