Play it again

May 11, 2008

A recap of the Orioles' 6-5 win over the Royals last night:

Weaver would be proud

The Orioles hadn't had a three-run homer - once the calling card of the Earl Weaver-led Orioles - through their first 34 games this season. Since coming to Kansas City, they have had one each of the past three nights. Nick Markakis hit one Thursday, Aubrey Huff had one Friday and Kevin Millar hit his in the first inning last night. The last time the Orioles had three-run homers on three consecutive nights was April 5-7, 2000. Catcher Charles Johnson hit three-run shots in all three games, and Albert Belle hit two in that span.

Johnson keeps chugging along

Rookie reliever Jim Johnson, who had allowed just two earned runs in 19 2/3 innings to start this season, again saved the Orioles. He entered in the seventh with two on, no outs and the Orioles holding a 6-4 lead. He picked up two quick strikeouts and then induced a grounder for the third out. He came back out and pitched a perfect eighth.

A sacrifice pop-up

The Royals scored their first run on a sacrifice fly to the shortstop. Well, technically the ball did get to shallow left field, but it was caught by Orioles shortstop Freddie Bynum. The Royals' speedy Joey Gathright was on third base and started to run home - at least to draw a throw. But Bynum fell on the wet outfield grass, allowing Gathright to score.

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