Play It Again

June 13, 2008|By JEFF ZREBIEC

A recap of the Orioles' 9-2 loss to the Red Sox last night:

Guthrie knocked around

It was a struggle from the beginning for Jeremy Guthrie, who battled through four innings while allowing only a run. But it came crashing down in the fifth. A leadoff single by Jacoby Ellsbury and a double by J.D. Drew put runners on second and third with one out. The Orioles intentionally walked Manny Ramirez to load the bases, and Mike Lowell hit Guthrie's 0-1 slider over the Green Monster for his second grand slam of the season. Guthrie was removed with two outs in the fifth, his shortest outing this year. He allowed five earned runs, the most since his Opening Day start.

Millar goes down

Orioles first baseman Kevin Millar has been slowed by injuries for several weeks, but none of them had forced him out of the game until last night. Millar fouled Jon Lester's pitch off his left knee in the second inning and couldn't continue. X-rays came back negative, and Millar is day-to-day with a bruised left knee. Immediately after he was hit, Millar ripped off his helmet and dropped to his knees.

If looks could kill

Catcher Ramon Hernandez and third baseman Melvin Mora converged on Coco Crisp's foul pop-up to the right of the Orioles' dugout in the second inning. Hernandez overran it, and Mora, clearly expecting his teammate to catch it, didn't make a play on the ball. Mora looked quizzically at Hernandez after the ball bounced off the dirt. The miscue might have cost Guthrie a run. He eventually retired Crisp on a ground ball that moved Kevin Youkilis up a base, and he scored on Julio Lugo's single.

On deck

After a winning road trip, the Orioles begin a six-game homestand and resume interleague play tonight at 7:05 with the Pittsburgh Pirates in town for a three-game set. The pitching matchup for Game 1 is Orioles left-hander Brian Burres (4-5, 4.96) against Pirates left-hander Phil Dumatrait (3-3, 3.44). Burres has surrendered 18 earned runs in his past three starts and hasn't pitched more than 4 1/3 innings in any of them. Dumatrait, 26, has allowed two earned runs or fewer in four straight starts.

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