Play It Again

July 01, 2008|By ROCH KUBATKO

A recap of the Orioles' 6-5 loss in 11 innings to the Royals last night:

NOT AGAIN!

Yes, again. Closer George Sherrill suffered his second blown save in two games, allowing a game-tying homer to Miguel Olivo in the ninth inning. Sherrill recorded the first two outs, as he did Sunday against the Washington Nationals. He also got ahead of Olivo, 0-2, before hanging a slider and watching it disappear into the left-field seats. Ronnie Belliard did the same thing for the Nationals, though he worked the count to 1-2 before his two-run shot won the game in the 12th. Sherrill chucked his glove into the first row of seats behind the dugout after striking out Billy Butler to end the inning.

EXTRA, EXTRA

The Orioles didn't simply break a 1-1 tie in the fifth - they shattered it. They rocked Kansas City starter Zack Greinke for a triple, two doubles and two singles in a four-run outburst. Adam Jones collected the triple with one out, and he scored on Alex Cintron's double. That's nice production from the bottom of the order. With two outs, Cintron scored on Nick Markakis' single, Markakis raced home on Aubrey Huff's double off the right-field fence and Huff scored on Kevin Millar's single. The Orioles fell a home run shy of the cycle.

COSTLY INJURY

The Orioles are having enough trouble deciding on a starting shortstop. Now they've lost Cintron to a hamstring injury. Cintron pulled up after crossing first base on an infield hit in the seventh inning, grabbing the back of his leg as he slowed. Head athletic trainer Richie Bancells and backup catcher Guillermo Quiroz helped him off the field and down the dugout steps. Brandon Fahey replaced Cintron, who likely is headed to the disabled list after going 2-for-3 with an RBI.

ON DECK

The four-game series continues tonight (7:05) with Radhames Liz making his sixth start for the Orioles since being recalled from Triple-A Norfolk. Liz has gone more than 5 1/3 innings just once, but he remains unbeaten. The Royals are starting Luke Hochevar, a first-round pick in the 2006 draft who has faced the Orioles once, May 8. He took the loss after allowing four runs in seven innings.

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