It certainly wasn't a clean five innings for Orioles starter Brian Burres, who allowed 12 base runners. But making his second career start in front of a packed house and against one of the league's hottest teams, Burres held things together, giving up only two runs. He stranded nine runners and left with a 5-2 lead, showing some grit and guts in the process. And he was rewarded with his first major league win.
Bullpen sweats it out
It got tenuous as it always seems to when the Orioles are trying to hold a lead against the Red Sox. But after John Parrish lost his command in the seventh inning, Chad Bradford and Jamie Walker got the last two outs of the inning, leaving the bases loaded. Walker then pitched a scoreless eighth before Chris Ray did the rest in the ninth.
Mora, Markakis have big night
The Orioles have been waiting for some of their top players to break out offensively, and that's exactly what Melvin Mora and Nick Markakis did. Mora went 4-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and a run, raising his average 22 points in one night. Markakis was 4-for-5 with two doubles and two runs.
The second game of the series will feature a battle of veteran right-handers as the Orioles' Steve Trachsel (1-3, 3.70) will face Curt Schilling (4-1, 3.28). Schilling held the Orioles to one run on a home run by Miguel Tejada in beating them April 25, improving to 6-4 against his former team. Trachsel pitched a complete-game, three-hit shutout in his only career start against the Red Sox, but that was in 2000.