Play it again -- Orioles 9, Mariners 5

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It looked like one of those days for Daniel Cabrera, who gave up a run in the first inning and three in the second. But the tall right-hander, whose composure has been questioned throughout his career, steadied himself and recovered to pitch eight innings and mostly spare a beleaguered bullpen. Cabrera allowed five hits in the first two innings, but only two in his final six. His velocity increased as the game wore on, and he finished with six strikeouts.


The Orioles trailed 4-0 when the fifth began, and it appeared that they would sleepwalk to their sixth straight defeat. But Jay Gibbons led off the fifth with a single, breaking an 0-for-23 slump. Freddie Bynum followed with a single, and then Jay Payton laced a two-run double to left field. A single by Chris Gomez drove in a third run, and Miguel Tejada's RBI double tied the game at 4. Aubrey Huff broke the tie with an RBI double, and the Orioles would cruise from there.


Gomez started at second base in place of Brian Roberts. Bynum started at shortstop, his first start since April 18. Tejada was at designated hitter, while Gibbons was in left field. On the last day of a 10-game road trip, manager Sam Perlozzo changed things up. The lineup had a season-high 16 hits and its highest run total since the trip began a week and a half ago. Six Orioles had multiple hits, and Payton and Huff each had three hits and two RBIs.


After today's day off, the Orioles resume interleague play tomorrow with a three-game home series against the Colorado Rockies. In Game 1 of the series, Orioles right-hander Steve Trachsel (4-4, 3.89) will oppose left-hander Jeff Francis (5-4, 3.70). Trachsel is 10-6 with a 4.51 ERA in 21 career starts against Colorado. Francis has gone at least seven innings and given up two earned runs or fewer in six straight starts.

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