Ohman's scoreless streak ends

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Reliever allows 2 homers, halting run of 25 straight outings without giving up run

  • Kevin Millwood dropped to 0-5 on the season as the Orioles were shutout by Toronto, 5-0.
Kevin Millwood dropped to 0-5 on the season as the Orioles were… (Reuters photo )
May 30, 2010|By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun

TORONTO — —

In an all-around brutal weekend for the Orioles, not even reliever Will Ohman was exempt from the team's struggles.

Ohman, who hadn't given up a run in his first 25 outings this season -- which was the longest active streak in the majors -- served up two solo homers in the eighth inning of the Orioles' 6-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday, which completed a three-game sweep.

"I wasn't going Roger Maris and having hair fall out or anything," said Ohman, who had gone 15 2/3 innings without giving up a run. "It was nice while it lasted. You want to go as long as you can. Everybody wants to get a hit every time they can, I want to get an out. It wasn't something of a concern. It wasn't something that was weighing on me by any means."

It was the second-longest streak in Orioles history behind 29 straight scoreless appearances from Gregg Olson spanning the 1989 and 1990 seasons. It was also the second-longest streak to start a season in the majors since 1954, trailing just former Colorado Rockies reliever Mike Myers' 33 consecutive scoreless appearances during the 2000 season.

It ended in a hurry with Jose Bautista launching Ohman's first pitch into the left-field seats for his American League-leading 16th homer. Alex Gonzalez followed with a liner over the wall in left.

Ohman, who entered the day tied for second in the AL in appearances, was in the game only to get some work because he hadn't pitched in four days and the Orioles are off today. Since moving to the closer's role with the injury to Alfredo Simon on May 23, Ohman has pitched only twice, and neither outing was a save situation.

"We will forget about it and move on," Ohman said. "It's the life of anybody in baseball. Good hitters fail 70 percent of the time. They get to forget the last at-bat. I get to forget today."

Millwood applauds Halladay

Orioles starter Kevin Millwood was at dinner Saturday night when somebody at his table checked a cell phone and learned that Philadelphia Phillies ace Roy Halladay had just thrown a perfect game in a 1-0 victory over the Florida Marlins.

Millwood, who had been the last Phillie to throw a no-hitter -- against the San Francisco Giants on April 27, 2003 -- was his usual stoic self when learning the news.

"I'm happy for him," said Millwood, who said Halladay is one of the few pitchers he would pay to watch. "I think it's cool when anybody does something like that, but my reaction was, 'Oh, that's cool, good for him.' Then I went on to eating my steak. It didn't change my night or anything."

Millwood's no-hitter, which also came in a 1-0 game, was the only one of the 2003 season. There have been three already this season, two of them perfect games.

Hernandez craves bigger role

When David Hernandez entered Friday night's game in the seventh inning for his first relief appearance of the season, the Orioles already trailed by five runs. Hernandez understands that's the way it might be for a while because Orioles manager Dave Trembley has anointed him the long reliever for the time being.

However, Hernandez, who made eight starts for the Orioles before being replaced in the rotation by Chris Tillman, also hopes he's not in that role for long.

"I guess if I'm the long man it's fine, but hopefully, sometime in the future, I get a chance to do something else," he said. "I don't really consider myself a long man at this point. I don't want to be considered a long man. I want the ball in tough situations with the game on the line. That's the kind of thing I'd like to do.

"It stinks. Usually, if you are the long man, you come in when the game's out of hand. Either you are up by a bunch of runs or you are down by a bunch of runs. It doesn't really feel like something that I would want to do, but if that's what they want me to do, you can't say no."

Hernandez threw two scoreless innings Friday, allowing two hits and striking out three.

Around the horn

Corey Patterson went 2-for-4 against left-hander Ricky Romero but struck out twice and how now done so 11 times in 23 at-bats against lefties. Designated hitter Luke Scott and center fielder Adam Jones have again cooled off, going a combined 2-for-19 in the three-game series. Catcher Matt Wieters finished the series 0-for-7, his average dropping to .250. The Orioles were swept by the Blue Jays in back-to-back series for the first time since Sept. 24-26, 2002, and June 18-19, 2003. The Blue Jays' three homers Sunday gave them 53 in May, the most by any club in the majors for a single month since the Atlanta Braves hit 55 in May 2003. The eighth-inning homer by Bautista was his 12th in May, tying a club record for a single month.

jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com

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