Play It Again

July 19, 2008|By Roch Kubatko

A recap of the Orioles' 7-4 win over the Tigers last night:

Early gift

The Orioles took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, with a little help from the Tigers. Shortstop Edgar Renteria misplayed Adam Jones' pop-up for a two-base error - credit Jones with nice hustle to wind up at second base after the ball deflected off Renteria's glove - and the mistake proved costly. Nick Markakis drove a ball over left fielder Matt Joyce's head for a double that easily scored Jones. The Orioles needed only three batters, and an unearned run, to strike first against Tigers starter Armando Galarraga.

Loose grip

Each time the Orioles gave starter Jeremy Guthrie the lead over the first five innings, the Tigers took it away from him. Detroit got a two-run homer from Ivan Rodriguez in the second inning, only his fifth this season, to take a 2-1 lead. The inning began with a double from Magglio Ordonez. Guthrie retired the next two batters before Rodriguez stepped to the plate. Luke Scott's 15th homer tied the score in the second, and Aubrey Huff's 19th moved the Orioles ahead in the third. But Detroit used three singles and a double to score twice in the fourth and reclaim the lead. Guthrie exited in the seventh after allowing back-to-back singles, and after Melvin Mora's two-run homer had given him a 5-4 lead in the sixth.

A first?

Ever seen a ball hit the very top of the foul pole and bounce straight up? Mora turned the trick in the sixth. He sent a towering fly ball to left field off Galarraga that landed on top of the pole and ricocheted into the air. Plenty of balls smack the front of it. Nothing unusual there. But this was quite different. It also was the reason the Orioles took their third lead of the night. Mora has 13 homers this season - none as strange as the one he hit last night.

On deck

The third game of this four-game series takes place at 7:05 tonight. Daniel Cabrera will try to join Brian Burres as the only seven-game winners on the staff. He failed Sunday, though he allowed only one earned run in Boston. Cabrera allowed six hits and walked six in 4 1/3 innings in a 2-1 loss to the Red Sox. He has lost four of his past five decisions after winning three in a row. Cabrera is 3-1 with a 5.61 ERA in six lifetime games against the Tigers, who will start left-hander Nate Robertson tonight. Robertson is 4-1 with a 3.05 ERA in seven career starts against the Orioles. He has lost his past two decisions, allowing 11 runs in 11 innings. But in two no-decisions, he has permitted one earned run in 15 1/3 innings.

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