Play It Again

August 09, 2008|By Childs Walker

A recap of the Orioles' 9-1 win over the Rangers last night


The Orioles jumped on Texas starter Luis Mendoza in the second, loading the bases to start the inning and taking a 3-0 lead when second baseman Brian Roberts smacked a double down the right-field line. The double was Roberts' 41st of the season, best in the American League. Roberts has surpassed 40 doubles in four of the past five seasons and has a good shot at passing his career high of 50, reached in 2004.


Kevin Millar gave the Orioles a 5-0 lead with his 17th home run of the season in the third inning. With almost two months left in the season, Millar matched his homer total from last year. He then exceeded it with his 18th homer in the fifth inning, a solo shot. The 36-year-old is on pace to approach his career high of 25 homers, reached in 2003 for the Boston Red Sox. Millar's first home run scored Aubrey Huff, who extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a single to start the inning.


Jeremy Guthrie has pitched like an ace all season, and that continued last night as he held the Rangers to one run and five hits over seven innings. Guthrie has gone at least six innings in 20 of 25 starts and has allowed only one run in each of his past three, all wins. Guthrie allowed struck out four and walked one to improve to 9-8. Travis Metcalf's home run in the fifth inning was his only hiccup.


The Orioles will face the Rangers tonight (7:05) in the second of three weekend games at Camden Yards. They will try to repeat a July 4 drubbing of Texas starter Vicente Padilla, who gave up eight runs in 2 2/3 innings in that loss. Padilla leads the Rangers with 12 wins but is only 2-4 with a career 7.86 ERA against the Orioles. Daniel Cabrera will seek his eighth win for the Orioles. He is 1-6 with a 6.33 ERA in his past eight starts against the Rangers. Former closer Gregg Olson will be inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame before the game.

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