Play It Again

July 11, 2008|By DAN CONNOLLY

A recap of the Orioles' 6-5 loss to the Blue Jays last night:

Another close shave

The Orioles played their 90th complete game yesterday and, amazingly, their 51st that was decided by two runs or fewer. With the 6-5 loss, they dropped to 17-17 in one-run games and 23-28 in ones decided by two runs or fewer. The Orioles could have avoided the drama, but rookie reliever Jim Johnson allowed two runs in the bottom of the eighth.

Getting it out of the way

Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis extended his career-best hitting streak to 17 games. And it didn't take long. Markakis, the second batter of the game, doubled to right. He then scored the game's first run on Aubrey Huff's single.

A familiar face

Many of the Orioles didn't need to look at game tape of Toronto's starter last night. They already knew him pretty well. Former Oriole John Parrish, making his second start of the season and first ever against his old team, lasted seven innings and allowed three runs. Parrish, whom the Orioles drafted in 1996 and who remained in the organization until he was traded to the Seattle Mariners in August, made his 2008 debut June 28 and gave up one run in six innings against the Atlanta Braves.

On deck

The Orioles begin their final series of the first half tonight with the first of three games at Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox. Left-hander Brian Burres (6-5, 5.07 ERA) will face Boston right-hander Clay Buchholz (2-3, 5.53). Burres is 1-1 with a 5.79 ERA in nine games (two starts) against the Red Sox. Buchholz is making his first start against the Orioles since he no-hit them Sept. 1.

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