Play it again

April 27, 2008|By JEFF ZREBIEC

Recaps of the Orioles' 5-1 win and 6-5 loss against the White Sox yesterday:

BURRES BRILLIANT

Brian Burres' days as a forgotten man in the Orioles' rotation might be coming to an end. A day after getting one out before heading to the clubhouse when the rains came, Burres returned to the mound to start Game 1 of the doubleheader and dominated the White Sox over eight innings, facing just two batters over the minimum. He improved to 3-1 with a 2.49 ERA and has pitched 13 2/3 straight scoreless innings. He allowed only three hits, walked none and struck out four. After allowing a leadoff single to Carlos Quentin to start the second, Burres retired 20 of the final 21 batters that he faced.

TRACHSEL NOT SO MUCH

While Burres needed just 98 pitches in the first game to get 24 outs, Game 2 starter Steve Trachsel needed 85 to get just nine. He was gone after giving up a two-run homer to Nick Swisher in the fourth inning that extended the White Sox's lead to 5-2. Trachsel allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits and five walks. Only 45 of the 85 pitches he threw were strikes. He has failed to go four innings in two of his past three starts and has an ERA of 6.08.

STREAKS BROKEN

When the sixth inning started yesterday, White Sox left-hander John Danks hadn't given up a hit and had extended his scoreless innings streak to 19 2/3 . But Orioles center fielder Adam Jones led off the inning by dumping a single into center field, ending the no-hit bid. Jones then stole second base to get into scoring position, but it didn't matter. Backup catcher Guillermo Quiroz, getting a rare start in place of Ramon Hernandez, bashed Danks' 2-2 pitch over the left-field fence. It was the first home run of Quiroz's career.

ON DECK

The Orioles will get another shot at Cuban right-hander Jose Contreras (1-2, 4.68) in Game 3 of the series, which starts today at 2:05 p.m. Contreras held the Orioles to one earned run in seven innings April 16 and is 4-4 with a 5.01 ERA in 11 career appearances against them. Jeremy Guthrie (0-2, 4.18) will start for the Orioles, looking for his first victory of the season. The right-hander got a no-decision against the White Sox on April 17, surrendering three earned runs in six innings.

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