Play it again -- Blue Jays 3, Orioles 2, 10 inn.

August 20, 2007|By JEFF ZREBIEC

Mistake costs O's

The Orioles appeared to be in business in the 10th inning when pinch hitter J.R. House singled to right, with Brian Roberts advancing to third. The Orioles would have had runners on first and third with one out and Nick Markakis at the plate. However, on House's hit, John McDonald caught Alex Rios' throw and threw behind House at first, nailing him for the second out. Markakis then grounded out to end the inning, and the Blue Jays won in the bottom of the 10th on Aaron Hill's sacrifice fly.

Guthrie answers the critics

After three consecutive poor starts, Jeremy Guthrie was peppered with theories about his recent struggles. He maintained that if he just made a few better pitches at different times, he'd be fine. For at least one start, he was right. Guthrie pitched eight solid innings, walked none and allowed two earned runs on three hits. He struck out six and threw 81 of his 115 pitches for strikes. Toronto scored its only runs on him on Vernon Wells' fourth-inning double and Troy Glaus' fifth-inning homer.

Halladay steadies ship

The Orioles' one big chance to put a dent in Toronto ace Roy Halladay came in the third inning. They scored twice but missed an opportunity to do more damage. Roberts singled to score Jay Payton, who had led off the inning with a double. Tike Redman followed with a double, putting runners on second and third with no outs. But they managed only one more run, on Kevin Millar's groundout. That started a streak in which Halladay retired 13 straight.

On deck

The Orioles begin a 10-game homestand and a three-game series against the Texas Rangers tonight as right-hander Daniel Cabrera (9-12, 4.93) will oppose Texas right-hander Vicente Padilla (3-8, 6.30). It is Padilla's second start since returning from a long stint on the disabled list with right triceps irritation. Padilla is 2-2 with a 4.34 ERA in four career games against the Orioles. Cabrera is 1-5 with a 5.73 ERA in seven career starts against Texas.

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