Burres' career day
Brian Burres set a career high by lasting into the eighth inning, and turned in his finest overall performance of the season against the American League's best-hitting ballclub. Burres allowed three runs on five hits in 7 2/3 innings, and cruised until giving up two runs in the sixth on a triple by Chone Figgins and a double by Orlando Cabrera. Burres departed after Vladimir Guerrero hit an RBI double in the eighth, but Paul Shuey recorded the final four outs.
Batting third, Millar delivers
With Nick Markakis not starting, interim manager Dave Trembley inserted Kevin Millar as the No. 3 hitter for the second time since taking over as manager, and the move paid dividends in the fifth inning. With Jay Payton and Brian Roberts in scoring position with two outs, Millar hit a two-run single that fell between center fielder Gary Matthews Jr. and right fielder Guerrero. Millar's hit gave the Orioles a 3-0 lead.
Hernandez adds insurance
With the Orioles clinging to a 3-2 lead in the seventh inning after the Angels scored two runs in the sixth, Ramon Hernandez gave Burres some breathing room, sending a three-run home run into the right field bleachers on a 2-0 pitch from reliever Hector Carrasco. Roberts, who singled to lead off the inning, and Millar, who walked, scored on Hernandez's first home run since June 2, which was also came against Carrasco.
The Orioles will try to take two games of the three-game series and will start their most consistent pitcher, Jeremy Guthrie (4-1, 2.45), against the Angels' John Lackey (10-5, 2.99). Lackey beat the Orioles in his only appearance against them this season, allowing two earned runs in 7 1/3 innings. Guthrie pitched well in his last outing against Los Angeles, but came away with a no-decision. Guthrie allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits in eight innings June 3.