Bullpen struggles again
After Orioles starter Brian Burres was pulled after the seventh inning, right-hander Chad Bradford came in. He allowed two runners to reach base before being pulled for left-hander Jamie Walker. Walker gave up an RBI single to Chad Tracy that gave the Diamondbacks a 4-3 lead. A wild pitch and a fielder's choice later, Walker was taken out with the score 5-3. Arizona added a run later in the inning.
Close, but no cigar
The Orioles had the winning run at the plate in Brian Roberts in the ninth. With runners on second and third and two outs, Roberts stepped in an inning after making a critical error. He was unable to redeem himself, as he struck out looking to end the game. Roberts, who went 0-for-5 on the day, batted .179 (7-for-39) during the homestand.
Burres calms down
Burres settled down after the first two innings and kept the Orioles in the ballgame. After giving up an RBI single to Conor Jackson in the second, Burres retired 15 hitters in a row. He set a career high with nine strikeouts while giving up five hits. The crowd gave him a nice ovation after he retired Eric Byrnes to end the top of the seventh.
The Orioles have a day off today as they travel to San Diego. Jake Peavy will start for the Padres tomorrow night in the first of the three-game set, and he has been lights-out all year. His 1.82 ERA is the lowest in the National League, and his 103 strikeouts are one behind the Philadelphia Phillies' Cole Hamels for the league lead. The Orioles will send Steve Trachsel to the mound to try to end the team's eight-game losing streak. Trachsel is 5-4 with a 3.94 ERA.