Play It Again

June 04, 2008|By DAN CONNOLLY

A recap of the Orioles' 5-3 win over the Twins last night:

A three-way tie

Kevin Millar's second-inning homer against Minnesota's Kevin Slowey didn't just put the Orioles up 1-0, it also gave Millar a share of the team's home run lead. It was his ninth homer, tying Nick Markakis and Aubrey Huff. Melvin Mora inched closer to the lead with a homer in the sixth inning, his eighth of the season.

Running out of rallies

Twice the Orioles, who have had trouble on the base paths this year, were caught in rundowns and thrown out. With runners on second and third and nobody out, the Orioles had a chance to pad their lead after Millar's homer in the second. But a smart play by first baseman Justin Morneau turned a sacrifice fly into a double play. With Ramon Hernandez on second base and Luke Scott on third, Adam Jones hit a fly ball to center fielder Carlos Gomez. Gomez charged it and threw home, but Morneau, sensing the throw wouldn't be in time to get Scott, cut it off and threw to third to get Hernandez. In the seventh, Freddie Bynum was picked off first base with a runner on third and one out.

Triple threat

Brian Roberts' RBI triple in the fifth inning was his fifth triple of the season, giving him the American League lead. He had been tied with Minnesota's Delmon Young. The five triples match his 2007 output. Roberts' career high for triples is seven, set in 2005. Roberts also doubled in the game.

On deck

Daniel Cabrera (5-1, 3.60 ERA) hopes to continue his solid pitching against the Twins tonight at 8:10. Cabrera is 5-2 with a 3.33 ERA in eight career games against Minnesota. He is 2-1 at the Metrodome. Left-hander Glen Perkins (2-2, 3.90) is making his first start against the Orioles. He has faced them two other times in relief and recorded two outs without yielding a run.

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