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Play it again -- Devil Rays 9, Orioles 2

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In a disappointing follow-up to his victory over the New York Yankees, Brian Burres allowed seven runs (six earned) on eight hits and two walks in 3 1/3 innings. It was the fourth time in 13 starts that he wasn't able to go four complete innings. The Devil Rays jumped on him early as Carlos Pena hit a long, two-run homer in the first. And things never got much better for Burres, who allowed three more in the second, one scoring on the pitcher's throwing error.


The Orioles have had pretty good success against Devil Rays ace Scott Kazmir, who entered last night winless in his past five starts against them. They have done it by making him throw a lot of pitches and getting him out of the game early. But last night, Kazmir lasted seven innings, striking out nine while allowing seven hits and two walks. The Orioles had several chances to at least make things interesting, but Kazmir made the pitches when he needed to.


Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis has proved that he isn't afraid of a little contact, even if it means hurling himself into a wall. Markakis made one of the catches of the season when he jumped over the wall at Angel Stadium to take a home run away from Erick Aybar. Last night, he went up and over the small wall in foul territory while trying to run down B.J. Upton's pop-up. He didn't make the play, but his effort and fearlessness were applauded.


Erik Bedard (11-4, 3.05) will try to extend his winning streak to eight in this afternoon's series finale against right-hander Andy Sonnanstine (1-6, 5.55). The pitchers matched up last week in a game the Orioles won, 6-1. Bedard allowed one earned run in six innings, while Sonnanstine surrendered five earned in six innings. Bedard is 9-3 with a 2.87 ERA in 18 career appearances against the Devil Rays.

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