Play it again -- Orioles 11, Rangers 9

September 23, 2007|By JEFF ZREBIEC

CONTROL CHALLENGED

Before the game, Orioles manager Dave Trembley verbalized five things he wanted to see out of Radhames Liz. He wanted him to repeat his delivery, command his fastball, show that he could throw his slider or changeup for strikes, field his position and hold runners on. There were no opportunities for Liz to field his position, but Liz certainly didn't accomplish the other four. He lasted just 2 2/3 innings and allowed six earned runs.

ANOTHER COMEBACK

The Orioles trailed 8-5 heading into the seventh inning. As they've done the past few nights, however, they mounted a rally. The Orioles scored two runs in the seventh and four in the eighth to take an 11-8 lead. The biggest hit in the eighth was Nick Markakis' two-run double, which gave the Orioles a 10-8 lead. The Rangers scored a run off Chad Bradford in the eighth on Hank Blalock's home run, but Jamie Walker closed out the ninth for his sixth save.

WAS THERE INTENT?

In the first inning, Ian Kinsler dropped his left arm and leaned into Liz's pitch before heading down to first base. However, plate umpire Ed Rapuano called him back, ruling that he had purposely made contact with the pitch. In Kinsler's next at-bat, Liz threw a tailing fastball that nearly hit him in the face. Kinsler then got back at him, hitting a home run. In the third, Edinson Volquez brushed back Melvin Mora with a high and tight fastball.

ON DECK

The series finale will pit Orioles right-hander Jon Leicester (2-2, 7.78) against Texas right-hander Kevin Millwood (9-13, 5.39). It is the fourth start this season for Leicester. He was beaten by the New York Yankees in his last start. Millwood has just one win in his past seven outings. In nine career starts against the Orioles, he is 6-2 with a 3.88 ERA. In his only start against the Orioles this season, Millwood allowed just one earned run in six innings to get the win July 8.

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