Play it again -- Angels 18, Orioles 6

September 13, 2007|By ROCH KUBATKO

Not ready

The Orioles were on the field for the first inning, but it didn't appear that their heads were in the game. They committed two errors and allowed a runner to reach second on a single to center field as part of the Los Angeles Angels' five-run inning that effectively decided the outcome before the Orioles came to bat. Daniel Cabrera didn't get much support, but he also won't get much sympathy after allowing three hits, including Garret Anderson's two-run double, and walking a batter.

Same old result

If Cabrera is looking for some good news, he can't lose 20 games this season - but only because he'd need four more starts, and the season doesn't run long enough. Cabrera hasn't won since Aug. 14 and fell to 9-16 after allowing 10 runs (eight earned) and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings. After the Angels sent nine batters to the plate in the first, they opened the second with three straight singles, the last by Vladimir Guerrero, driving in another run. Anderson hit a two-run homer in the fourth after Orlando Cabrera walked.

Off and running

The Angels can't stand still. They're like a kid who's eaten too much sugar. They had four stolen bases by the fourth inning, including two by leadoff hitter Chone Figgins, who singled twice and continues to own the Orioles. Figgins stole second in the eighth inning of Tuesday's game with the Angels ahead by four runs. Los Angeles showed why it leads the American League in stolen bases, and the West Division by 9 1/2 games going into the night.

On deck

Jon Leicester gets another start for the Orioles tonight in the final game of this homestand. Leicester picked up a win in his last outing, allowing four runs in five innings to defeat the Boston Red Sox. It was his first start in more than two years. He'll be opposed by Cy Young candidate John Lackey, who hasn't received a decision in his past two starts and hasn't lost since Aug. 22. Lackey has beaten the Orioles twice this season, going 7 1/3 innings in both outings.

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