Play It Again

April 28, 2009|By DAN CONNOLLY

Stepping up

For the third consecutive game, the Orioles needed a long reliever to come in and keep the Rangers off the scoreboard, and for the third consecutive time they got it. Dennis Sarfate entered in the sixth with two on and two out and induced a groundout. He then pitched two more scoreless innings. He continued the trend started by Brian Bass (3 2/3 scoreless innings) on Saturday and Danys Baez (three scoreless innings) on Sunday. In two of those three games, the Orioles still lost.

A busy first

Jeremy Guthrie's early exit looked inevitable after a 37-pitch first inning. Ian Kinsler began the game with a 10-pitch at-bat before he flied out. Guthrie, who gave up six hits and three earned runs, lasted five innings. He threw 101 pitches, 69 for strikes.

On deck

Right-hander Adam Eaton, who pitched a two-run gem for his first Orioles win Thursday, will face the Los Angeles Angels in the opener of a two-game series at Camden Yards. Eaton (1-2, 7.04) is 2-2 with a 6.16 ERA against the Angels in his career. Lefty Joe Saunders (2-1, 3.51 ERA) has never lost to the Orioles. He is 4-0 with a 4.40 ERA in five career starts, including a 2-0 record last year.

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