NEW YORK -- It was starting to look like so many other games in this long and frustrating road trip for the Orioles, with a young pitcher making just enough mistakes to lose, and an offense that simply could not offer enough support when it was truly needed.
But in the top of the seventh inning last night at Shea Stadium, the home of baseball's hottest team, the Orioles' fortunes finally changed. It started with two walks and continued with a clutch sacrifice bunt from a player making his first appearance of the season. Then a soft, run-scoring single preceded a 400-foot blast by an All-Star who had finally rediscovered his power stroke.
Orioles@Mets Tonight, 7:10, Comcast SportsNet, 1090 AM Starters: Orioles' Kris Benson (7-5, 4.63) vs. Mets' Pedro Martinez (6-2, 2.94)