Play It Again

June 02, 2008|By ROCH KUBATKO

A recap of the Orioles' 9-4 loss to the Red Sox yesterday:

Beaten and bruised

The training staff needs to apply an ice pack to Brian Burres' ERA. It definitely swelled a little after yesterday's start. The Orioles' left-hander allowed seven runs in four innings, raising his ERA from 4.15 to 4.87. It was 3.16 before he surrendered 15 runs over his past two starts. Burres gave up 12 hits yesterday, and they weren't scattered. He faced 24 batters in four innings, and 13 of them reached.

Aiming for the seats

After going through a substantial home run drought, Luke Scott can't seem to stop hitting them. It took awhile for Scott to connect again after collecting his first as an Oriole on April 8, but they're coming in bunches now. Four of Scott's past seven hits and six of his past 12 have been homers, including a two-run shot yesterday in the fourth inning that reduced Boston's lead to 7-3.

Manny being Manny

It wasn't as dramatic as his 500th career home run the previous night, but Manny Ramirez still got a rise out of Red Sox fans who invaded Camden Yards when he belted No. 501 in the fourth inning. Ramirez went to the opposite field, as he often does, and produced two more runs for starter Bartolo Colon. Ramirez also had an RBI double in the third inning and reached on an infield hit in the eighth. He was doubled off first base when Jay Payton made a leaping catch at the warning track to rob Mike Lowell and fired the ball to shortstop Freddie Bynum. Ramirez had already rounded second and trotted back to first. Millar scooped Bynum's throw in the dirt for the double play, but the crowd didn't care. Ramirez gets paid for his bat, not his base-running or fielding acumen.

On deck

The Orioles will try to avoid being swept in their four-game series with the Red Sox. Jeremy Guthrie starts tonight (7:05), bringing an impressive 3.64 ERA and not-so-impressive 2-6 record. He has allowed three earned runs or fewer in 10 of his 12 starts. The Orioles have totaled eight runs in his six losses. Now they'll try to hit knuckleballer Tim Wakefield (3-4, 4.70). Good luck. Wakefield is 14-13 with a 4.24 ERA in 44 career appearances against the Orioles, including 31 starts. They go way back.

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