Play it again -- Diamondbacks 7, Orioles 4

June 24, 2007|By ROCH KUBATKO

Failure to go five

Brian Burres tried to get through five innings with the lead so he could qualify for the win, but it didn't happen. The Orioles were ahead 4-0 in the fourth and 4-2 in the fifth. The inning ended with the Orioles trailing 5-4. Eric Byrnes led off with a home run, and Burres departed with a runner on first and one out. Mark Reynolds hit a two-out, two-run triple off reliever Rob Bell, the ball slamming off the center-field fence and rolling away from Corey Patterson.

Better with bat

This wasn't one of Burres' better starts, with the left-hander throwing 84 pitches in 4 1/3 innings and being charged with four runs. He also walked five. But he sure could handle the lumber. Burres collected his first major league hit, and it drove in a run in the second inning. Burres reached out and poked a single to left field that scored Jay Gibbons. Pitchers in the dugout seemed more excited by the moment than Burres.

Not so grand

It looked like a grand slam, or at least an extra-base hit, when it left Patterson's bat. It morphed into an excruciating out when Arizona right fielder Carlos Quentin made a leaping catch to end the inning. Patterson crushed a pitch from Diamondbacks starter Livan Hernandez after singles by Paul Bako and Burres and a two-out walk to Brian Roberts loaded the bases. Quentin raced to the fence and made the play, causing hitting coach Terry Crowley to wrap his hands behind his head in frustration.

On deck

The series concludes today with Steve Trachsel opposing Doug Davis. Davis, a left-hander, has been scuffling. In his past three starts, he's allowed 16 runs and 21 hits in 13 innings, walking 11 and striking out 10. He's also surrendered four home runs. Davis allowed seven runs and nine hits in four innings against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in his most recent appearance, but the Diamondbacks rallied to win.

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