A recap of the Orioles' 9-6 win over the Pirates last night:
Burres settles down
Orioles left-handed starter Brian Burres had a rough go early on, with the Pirates sending eight batters to the plate in both the second and third innings. Burres pitched a perfect first and had a 1-0 lead to work with after one inning, but the Pirates scored twice against him in the second and four times in the third, with the big blow coming on a three-run homer by Jason Michaels. But Orioles manager Dave Trembley sent Burres out in the fourth, trailing 6-1, and the lefty kept the Pirates from scoring more. He retired 10 of the final 11 batters he faced. And, incredibly, he was in line for the win when the Orioles took the lead in the bottom of the sixth.
In a pinch
With two outs and a runner on third in the bottom of the eighth, Kevin Millar was intentionally walked. Hobbled by an injured left knee, Millar was removed for a pinch runner, Orioles No. 1 starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie. Trembley had backup catcher Guillermo Quiroz and infielders Oscar Salazar and Alex Cintron on the bench. But the pitcher got the call, and Guthrie had to motor to second base on a wild pitch. He then uneventfully ran the bases on a lazy fly ball to end the inning.
Escaping, at first
The Orioles had Pirates left-hander Phil Dumatrait on the ropes in the first but couldn't land a solid punch. They loaded the bases with no outs on Brian Roberts' double, Nick Markakis' walk and Melvin Mora's single. Dumatrait was set up for a mighty fall, but he induced a run-scoring, double-play grounder from Aubrey Huff and then retired Luke Scott on a groundout after walking Millar. Dumatrait lasted five innings, allowing five runs on five walks and five hits.
The Orioles and Pirates will battle at 7:05 tonight in the second game of this weekend's interleague series. It features two 25-year-old pitchers who have never faced their opponent. Rookie right-hander Radhames Liz (1-0, 3.48 ERA) pitches for the Orioles against Pirates lefty Zach Duke (4-4, 4.10).