Freddie Bynum's misjudged fly ball off the bat of Todd Helton allowed the Rockies' Ryan Spilborghs to come up in the fifth inning. With runners on second and third and two outs, Spilborghs delivered a two-run single that gave the Rockies a 3-1 lead. Spilborghs drove in all six Colorado runs, hitting a bases-empty, 410-foot homer (his first of the year) off Orioles starter Erik Bedard in the fourth and a three-run, 418-foot shot off John Parrish in the seventh.
Balking at call
Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo had to deal with more controversy over another balk call. Or in this case, a non-call. With the Orioles leading 1-0, Brian Roberts was picked off at second base as the team was threatening in the bottom of the third. Roberts was fooled by Rockies pitcher Jason Hirsh. Perlozzo came out to argue the out but remained in the game. He was ejected for the first time this season in Friday's series opener for arguing a balk called on Steve Trachsel.
Orioles relievers have given anything but relief lately, and the home crowd let Danys Baez hear the brunt of its displeasure, greeting him with a chorus of boos when he entered in the eighth inning. Coming into the game, Baez had given up runs in seven of his previous 10 outings. The Rockies led 3-1 in the sixth before Orioles relievers Scott Williamson and Parrish combined to give up three runs in the seventh. Baez was the only Orioles pitcher not to be charged with a run.
After losing their third straight series, the Orioles get a needed day off today between their home interleague matchups. Coming in tomorrow will be the Washington Nationals, who are last in the National League East. Perlozzo hopes his team, which scored only seven runs in this series, will find its bats. The Nationals will send Micah Bowie (2-2, 3.79) to the mound to oppose the Orioles' Daniel Cabrera (5-6, 4.70) in the opener.