Play It Again

July 05, 2009|By JEFF ZREBIEC


Orioles rookie right-hander David Hernandez (2-2) justified his spot in the rotation Friday, holding the Los Angeles Angels to three runs in 6 2/3 innings in his second career victory. Hernandez surrendered six hits and walked two before Jim Johnson and George Sherrill got the final seven outs.


The Orioles' top four hitters went a combined 1-for-16 in Thursday's series-opening loss, but they certainly were heard from Friday. Aubrey Huff slammed a three-run homer off Angels starter Ervin Santana in the third inning, Nick Markakis went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI, Adam Jones reached base three times and scored two runs, and Brian Roberts got a hit and scored an important insurance run to end a 2-for-29 slide.


The Orioles close out the four-game set at 3:35 p.m. today as struggling left-hander Rich Hill (3-2, 7.08 ERA) opposes Angels southpaw Joe Saunders (8-5, 4.24). Hill has failed to make it through five innings in five of his past seven starts. Saunders, an All-Star last year, is 5-0 with a 4.15 ERA in six career starts against the Orioles.


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