Play It Again

July 05, 2008|By ROCH KUBATKO

A recap of the Orioles' 10-4 win over the Rangers yesterday:

Slump busting

Kevin Millar is trying his hardest. The Orioles first baseman, lowered to seventh in the order, was 5-for-33 in his previous nine games and his average sank to .236. He turned in three quality at-bats yesterday, though. Millar ran the count to 3-2 in the first two, drawing a walk and lining a run-scoring single to center field. Millar's first at-bat against Rangers starter Vicente Padilla lasted 13 pitches before he walked and later scored on Brandon Fahey's double. His single during a four-run third inning scored Luke Scott, and he doubled in the eighth after Melvin Mora was hit by a pitch.

Shuffling the deck

Fahey was supposed to make his 12th start at shortstop, but those plans changed when second baseman Brian Roberts was scratched from the lineup with an illness. Fahey started at second base for the first time this season, and Freddie Bynum started at shortstop and batted leadoff. Fahey, batting ninth with a .211 average, doubled twice and drove in two runs. He gave the Orioles a 3-1 lead in the second and scored on Nick Markakis' two-out single. He also scored in the third on Bynum's two-out single. Bynum, who was hitting .192, collected another RBI on a fielder's choice grounder. His three RBIs tied a career high.

Getting support

The offense has abandoned starter Jeremy Guthrie numerous times the past two seasons, but he received plenty of run support yesterday, and it was needed. Guthrie threw 116 pitches in 6 1/3 innings, but he left the game with an 8-2 lead. Ryan Bukvich allowed two inherited runners to score, leaving Guthrie charged with four runs and eight hits. Bukvich had a 7.71 ERA in 4 2/3 innings over three appearances before yesterday. He has allowed two home runs and walked six.

On deck

Brian Burres attempts to become the Orioles' first seven-game winner tonight (7:05) as the Orioles and Rangers continue their three-game series. Burres, Daniel Cabrera and Garrett Olson all have six wins. Burres would like to take a little air out of his 5.09 ERA, the highest among those three starters. Burres held the Rangers to one run over six innings, though he allowed seven hits, in an April 8 victory in Arlington. Scott Feldman will start for the Rangers, replacing Eric Hurley, who has a hamstring injury.

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