Play it again -- Orioles 3, Royals 0

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In his latest dominating performance, Orioles starter Erik Bedard pitched eight shutout innings, allowing just four hits and two walks while striking out five. In his past six starts, Bedard has pitched 42 innings and given up only eight earned runs, lowering his ERA to 3.67. Before last night, he hadn't won since April 18, but in eight outings since then, he has gone six innings twice, seven innings four times and eight innings once.


It took until the eighth inning for the Orioles to finally get a run off Royals starter Gil Meche. Ramon Hernandez led off with a walk and Corey Patterson beat out a bunt single, putting runners on first and second with no outs. Brian Roberts sacrificed the runners up a base, setting the stage for Jay Payton. Payton hit a single through the drawn-in infield, scoring pinch runner Freddie Bynum to give the Orioles the lead.


For the second straight night, the Orioles and Royals had to stay in the clubhouse and await the first pitch longer than usual. However, while Tuesday featured only a 26-minute delay, last night's game was delayed 96 minutes. The rain continued to pound the field even when the tarp was taken off, though the field got drier as the night progressed.


In the opener of a four-game series in Anaheim, the Orioles will send left-hander Brian Burres (2-2, 3.27 ERA) to the mound against veteran Angels right-hander Kelvim Escobar (6-2, 2.64). Burres has never faced the Angels. Escobar has won five of his past six decisions, going at least seven innings in each of those victories. In 33 career games against the Orioles, Escobar is 12-4 with a 3.76 ERA.

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