Play It Again

May 02, 2008|By DAN CONNOLLY

A recap of the Orioles' 4-2 loss to the Rays yesterday:

Burres: quality start, loss

It wasn't as good as his previous two, but Orioles left-hander Brian Burres (above) delivered his third straight quality start yesterday. He pitched six-plus innings, allowing six hits and four runs -- but only three were earned. He also struck out six, a season high, but his record dropped to 3-2. Heading into the outing, Burres had a 13 2/3 scoreless inning streak. It was broken in the first inning on Carlos Pena's groundout.

Lining out hard

The Orioles were making solid contact off Tampa Bay starter Matt Garza in the early innings, but their location needed improvement. Melvin Mora lined to center field in the first and to right in the third, both times with a runner on first base. Carl Crawford ran down Jay Payton's slicing liner toward the left-field line to end the second, reaching out to make the catch and causing Payton to put his hands on top of his head in frustration as he neared the bag.

Back on the horse

Rookie Bob McCrory made his big league debut Wednesday and allowed four runs in one-third of an inning. Manager Dave Trembley sent him back to the hill yesterday to start the ninth inning in a 4-2 game. McCrory, who was the club's Triple-A closer and throws in the high 90s, walked two of the three batters he faced before being taken out. On McCrory's way to the dugout, veteran catcher Ramon Hernandez gave him a reassuring slap on the backside.

On Deck

Jeremy Guthrie (0-3, 4.34) looks for his first win of the season tonight against the host Los Angeles Angels and starter Jered Weaver (2-3, 4.21). Guthrie pitched well in two starts against the Angels last year, allowing just seven hits and two runs in 16 innings (2.81 ERA). But he hasn't beaten the Angels in his brief career. The game, the Orioles' first on a 10-game road trip to the West Coast and Midwest, starts at 10:05.

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