Play It Again

May 06, 2009|By JEFF ZREBIEC

SAME OLD

Rays starter Matt Garza allowed three runs on a two-run, third-inning homer by Brian Roberts that followed a Rays error, and a solo shot by Gregg Zaun in the fifth. He's now 6-0 with a 2.28 ERA in seven career starts against the Orioles.

STREAK OVER

Nick Markakis lost his 17-game hitting streak Saturday in Toronto, and he said goodbye to his consecutive games-on-base streak Tuesday. He went 0-for-4, halting his 35-game streak. It was the longest active streak in the majors, and he had been one of only two players (the New York Mets' Carlos Beltran was the other) to have reached base in every one of his team's games this season.

ON DECK

The Orioles begin a two-game series with the Minnesota Twins and a seven-game homestand Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. Mark Hendrickson, who has lost four straight starts, gets the ball for the home team. Hendrickson (1-4, 5.79) is 1-1 with a 4.97 ERA in two career appearances against the Twins. Minnesota will send out right-hander Kevin Slowey, who is 4-0 but has allowed five earned runs in three of his past five starts. He took the loss in his only career start against the Orioles, allowing four earned runs in six innings.

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