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Davis turns in solid weekend of relief


All in all, it was a pretty good weekend for Storm Davis -- even if he didn't get the wins to show for it.

Davis, who has re-inherited the long-reliever mantle, pitched brilliantly this weekend against the Cleveland Indians, holding them scoreless in seven innings over two appearances and allowing just two hits.

But because the Orioles botched a few opportunities and Gregg Olson blew a save Friday night, all Davis could get was the win in yesterday's 3-2 victory over Cleveland in 10 innings.

Davis (4-2), who earned his 100th decision as an Oriole, did not complain about the circumstances.

"As a veteran, I know the situation when I come in. I know that things can work and then things might not work," said Davis.

The right-hander, who begged off the fifth-starter role because of a sore heel, took over yesterday for starter Rick Sutcliffe in the seventh with runners on first and third with one out and the Orioles leading 2-1.

Thomas Howard immediately singled to right to tie the game, but Davis then struck out Carlos Baerga and got Albert Belle to ground to third to end the threat.

From there, Davis allowed just one more hit, a single to Jim Thome in the eighth, and retired the last seven batters he faced.

Worth waiting for

Thanks to the hot bats of Joe Orsulak and Bill Ripken, Chito Martinez and Mark McLemore had largely become spectators on the Orioles bench.

Before yesterday's game, Martinez had played in only two of the Orioles' past 12 games, and had started just six of the past 54 games, and McLemore had been used almost exclusively as a pinch runner.

But yesterday, each took advantage of a rare start. Both went 2-for-4, with McLemore scoring the game-winning run in the 10th on Cal Ripken's single, and Martinez driving in the first run, his first RBI since July 9. The run ended a 17-inning team scoreless streak.

"It's good to be able to contribute when you get the chance," said Martinez. "If we were losing, it [sitting for long stretches] might be harder to take. No one likes to sit for a long time, but I can't complain when Joe's hitting [.309]"

Said McLemore: "Johnny [Oates] has done a great job of keeping guys fresh. When I was hot, I was playing and when Chito was hot, he was playing. We all want to play every day, but we just have to stay ready."

Hoiles to rehab tomorrow

Catcher Chris Hoiles will begin a rehabilitation assignment tomorrow with the Double-A Hagerstown Suns. Hoiles, who has been out of the lineup since June 21 when he suffered a fractured right wrist on a pitch by Tim Leary of the New York Yankees, will join the Suns at New Britain, Conn.

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