At least Orioles left-hander Erik Bedard didn't get stuck with another no-decision last night. He broke that streak, but not in the way he wanted. Bedard suffered his first loss since April 23 despite holding the Oakland Athletics to two earned runs (three total) over seven innings and striking out eight. He hadn't earned a decision in his last five starts. Bedard is still looking for his first win since April 18.
The Orioles committed two errors in the fourth inning, though only the first one proved to be critical. Mark Ellis reached when Aubrey Huff, starting at third base for Melvin Mora, misplayed a routine grounder. Marco Scutaro followed with a single, Ellis moved to third on a fielder's choice and scored on Hiram Bocachica's sacrifice fly to increase Oakland's lead to 3-1. The second error was charged to left fielder Jay Payton on the throw home.
Oakland right-hander Dan Haren entered the game with the lowest ERA in the American League at 1.74. He's been proficient at disposing of hitters, and the Orioles went down quickly in the fifth. Haren needed only six pitches to get through the inning. Jay Gibbons and Corey Patterson grounded to second and Kevin Millar grounded to third. Haren retired 11 in a row before hitting Miguel Tejada to open the seventh.
The second game of the series takes place tonight with a battle of left-handers - Brian Burres and Joe Kennedy. Burres has allowed two runs and seven hits over five innings in each of his last two starts. Kennedy hasn't allowed more than three runs in any of his starts. He's held opponents to one earned run on six occasions.