Play it again -- Angels 4, Orioles 3

July 02, 2007|By ALEXANDER PYLES

Trouble with long ball

Jeremy Guthrie turned in another fine performance, but home runs hurt him in the end. Guthrie pitched eight innings and allowed only four hits, but Casey Kotchman's two-run homer in the fourth inning gave the Angels a 3-2 lead, and Mike Napoli's bases-empty shot in the eighth extended that lead to 4-2. The Orioles were was unable to overcome the deficit, and Guthrie lost for the first time since he permanently entered the starting rotation May 8.

Bats go silent in mid-game

Jay Payton hit a two-run home run in the second inning to give the Orioles a 2-0 lead, but the bats were kept quiet after Payton's 380-foot shot. The offense failed to get another hit until the eighth inning. The only other base runners came in the fourth, when Kevin Millar led off with a walk, and the fifth, when Chris Gomez walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch by Angels starter John Lackey.

Comeback falls short

Brian Roberts doubled to lead off the eighth and scored to make it 4-3 when Ramon Hernandez sneaked a ground ball past shortstop Orlando Cabrera. Hernandez and Freddie Bynum were stranded when Nick Markakis grounded out and Millar popped out to end the inning. Melvin Mora doubled in the ninth, and Payton followed with a bunt single, but Mora was thrown out trying to score on Roberts' fly ball to Vladimir Guerrero.

On deck

The Orioles hit the road for a seven-game trip that will take them into the All-Star break. Their first stop will be Chicago, where Erik Bedard (6-4, 3.36) will oppose Mark Buehrle (5-4, 3.33) in the opener of a four-game set with the White Sox. Buehrle threw a no-hitter earlier this season and is having a comeback year after his ERA soared to nearly 5.00 in 2006. Bedard is coming off two straight wins.

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