Play It Again

June 20, 2008|By JEFF ZREBIEC AND ROCH KUBATKO

A recap of the Orioles' 7-5 win over the Astros last night:

On the offensive

The Orioles knocked around Astros starter Shawn Chacon for six earned runs in five innings. Chacon walked Kevin Millar with the bases loaded to put the Orioles on the board in the third inning. In the fourth, Ramon Hernandez and Alex Cintron connected for long home runs off Chacon as the Orioles built a lead they wouldn't relinquish. The Orioles totaled 11 hits and also got a home run from Aubrey Huff.

A painful at-bat

Facing former teammate Brian Burres in the third inning, Miguel Tejada lined a ball off his left knee. He hobbled away from the plate but opted to stay in the game. Perhaps third base coach Ed Romero wishes that Tejada hadn't. Later in the at-bat, Tejada smoked a liner that hit Romero in the leg in foul territory. To add insult to injury, the at-bat ended with Tejada hitting into a double play. He did hit a solo homer in his next at-bat.

Bad start, good finish

It didn't take long for the Astros to assert themselves against Burres. A bunt single and stolen base from leadoff hitter Michael Bourn and a two-out single by Lance Berkman gave Houston a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Hunter Pence led off the second with his ninth home run this season. But Burres settled down and allowed only one run over his final 3 2/3 innings. It was a good enough performance to secure his second straight win and take the staff lead with six victories.

On deck

The Orioles go back on the road for a nine-game, 10-day trip that begins tonight in Milwaukee (8:05). The Orioles' pitchers will have to bat, starting tonight with Radhames Liz. In his most recent outing, Liz picked up his first victory after allowing four runs in 6 1/3 innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Brewers will start Jeff Suppan.

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