Play It Again

April 14, 2009|By JEFF ZREBIEC


When Felix Pie launched his first home run as an Oriole into the right-field seats in the fifth inning, he couldn't wait to get back to the dugout to celebrate. He sprinted around the bases, reaching home in about the time it took his blast off Scott Feldman to get over the wall. It was Pie's fourth career home run. He also tied a career high with three hits.


The top of the fourth started with a four-pitch walk to Gregg Zaun and ended with a five-pitch strikeout of Zaun. In between, the Orioles collected six hits, the same number they had over nine innings Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays, and scored five times, turning a two-run deficit into a three-run lead. At one point in the inning that ended Texas starter Vicente Padilla's evening, the Orioles had five straight RBI hits. It marked the third time in seven games the Orioles scored five runs in an inning.


Orioles right-hander Alfredo Simon (0-1, 7.20) will make his second start of the season at 8:05 p.m. Tuesday opposite Rangers right-hander Brandon McCarthy (1-0, 5.40). It will be Simon's third career start and his first appearance on the road.

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