Play It Again

May 01, 2008|By ROCH KUBATKO

A recap of the Orioles' 8-1 loss to the Rays:

Gutting it out

Matt Albers might not have brought his best stuff into last night's game, but he made do with what he had and kept the Orioles close. Albers allowed a run in the second inning and two more in the fourth, but he retired the side in order in the first, third, fifth and sixth. He put away the last seven batters he faced and left with the Orioles trailing 3-1.

Close calls against them

The Orioles ran into two outs in the first two innings, and they disagreed with the call on both occasions. Brian Roberts led off the first with a single and broke for second base before coming to a sudden stop -- apparently because of a miscommunication. He attempted to hustle back to first and was tagged out, but replays showed that he beat the throw. Kevin Millar opened the second inning with a single to left-center field and was cut down trying to stretch it into a double. Though the ball beat him to the bag, he slid short of it, popped up to his feet and tried to step around the tag. Manager Dave Trembley argued the call with second base umpire Derryl Cousins but couldn't get it changed.

Injury averted

Shortstop Luis Hernandez almost had to leave the game in the third inning after jamming his left foot during a hard slide into third base. Hernandez was advancing from first base on Roberts' RBI single. His lead foot cleared the bag, causing his back foot to smash into it. Hernandez tested his foot and ankle by jogging lightly and convinced head athletic trainer Richie Bancells and Trembley that he could continue.

On deck

The Orioles conclude their three-game homestand today (12:35 p.m.) by sending left-hander Brian Burres to the mound. The Rays will start Matt Garza, who is still looking for his first decision since being obtained from the Minnesota Twins in the Delmon Young trade. Burres faced the Rays on April 13 and took a no-hit bid into the fifth before allowing six runs. He blanked the Chicago White Sox on three hits over eight innings in his most recent appearance.

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