Offense explodes in third inning
The Orioles hammered Edwin Jackson for five runs in the third. Paul Bako got things going with a leadoff double. Brandon Fahey followed with a single, and Brian Roberts walked to load the bases. After Corey Patterson flied out , Nick Markakis hit a single, driving in two runs. Markakis took second when he saw nobody was covering the bag. Kevin Millar followed with a ground-rule double that scored two more. The team added one more run on Chris Gomez's single.
Short afternoon for Trachsel
The team staked starter Steve Trachsel to an early four-run lead, but the right-hander failed to make it out of the fifth and got a no-decision. After retiring the Devil Rays in order to start the game, Trachsel found trouble in each subsequent inning. He gave up a leadoff home run to Carlos Pena in the second, an RBI double to Carl Crawford in the third and another home run in the fourth, this one to Ty Wigginton. In the fifth, Trachsel mixed four hits with a walk and a wild pitch, leading to two more runs.
Roberts provides insurance
The Orioles entered the eighth with a one-run lead but increased it to five, thanks in large part to Roberts' three-run homer. After the team had scored one run on Jay Payton's sacrifice fly, Roberts came up with runners on first and second and two outs. After taking the first pitch from reliever Al Reyes for a ball, the second baseman crushed the next pitch over the right-field scoreboard. His home run proved to be the difference in the game as the Devil Rays scored two runs in the ninth.
The New York Yankees are in town for a three-game series starting tonight, but first the teams must complete their June 28 suspended game. That game will resume at 7:05 p.m. with the Yankees leading 8-6 in the eighth. Twenty minutes after that game is over, the teams will start tonight's scheduled game. Orioles right-hander Jeremy Guthrie (6-3, 2.88 ERA) faces Andy Pettitte, who is 6-6 on the year but 20-5 against the Orioles in his career.