Play It Again

August 16, 2008|By JEFF ZREBIEC

A recap of the Orioles' 11-2 win over the Tigers last night:

MORA STAYS HOT

Melvin Mora entered last night with just three hits in 18 career at-bats against Tigers starter Nate Robertson, but it seems nobody can cool off the veteran third baseman these days. Mora went 3-for-4 with four RBIs, a home run, a triple, a sacrifice fly, a walk and two runs scored. He has hits in 12 of his past 13 games, going 26-for-57 during that stretch with seven homers and 21 RBIs. Since the All-Star break, Mora is 44-for-109 with seven homers and 37 RBIs.

SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN

Orioles young left-hander Chris Waters wasn't as dominant last night as he was in his major league debut, when he pitched eight shutout innings, allowing one hit, to beat the Los Angeles Angels. But he didn't struggle as much as he did in his previous outing, when he was touched by the Texas Rangers for six earned runs in four innings. Waters allowed two earned runs - on Placido Polanco's fifth-inning homer - on eight hits and a walk over 4 2/3 innings.

CORMIER FINDS RHYTHM

Before last night, Orioles long reliever Lance Cormier had allowed nine runs (eight earned) over his previous four outings. However, Cormier entered the game in a key spot and got some huge outs. He relieved Waters with two men on in the fifth and retired Marcus Thames on a groundout to end the inning. He then turned in two scoreless innings, providing a sturdy bridge from the starter to the back end of the Orioles' bullpen.

ON DECK

Orioles right-hander Dennis Sarfate (4-2, 5.16) will get another chance to prove that he belongs in the rotation tonight (7:05) when he opposes Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander (8-13, 4.77). Sarfate is 0-1 with an 11.45 ERA since being converted to a starter, and he hasn't gone more than four innings in any of his three starts. He has faced the Tigers twice this season, both times in relief, allowing four earned runs in a total of two innings. Verlander has lost four straight starts since beating the Orioles at Camden Yards on July 20. In three career starts against the Orioles, Verlander is 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA.

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