BAD DAY FOR BIRKINS
Making his second career start, Kurt Birkins was unable to get an out. Birkins allowed hits to all six batters he faced before acting manager Tom Trebelhorn removed him. Birkins was credited with six runs, with Alex Rios hitting a two-run double, followed by a two-run homer from Frank Thomas. Birkins then allowed a single to Aaron Hill and a double to Matt Stairs, leading Trebelhorn to bring in Rob Bell. Bell allowed a two-run single to Gregg Zaun, giving Toronto seven consecutive hits to start the game, a club record.
GOOD AND BAD
Getting a rare start in left field, Freddie Bynum leaped to snag John McDonald's drive to the warning track in the first. He also took an extra-base hit away from Reed Johnson in the second by running the ball down and slamming into the scoreboard, and made a diving catch of Hill's sinking liner in the third. Right fielder Nick Markakis didn't fare as well. He appeared to lose Hector Luna's drive in the seventh, the ball hitting off his glove and going to the wall to score two unearned runs.
HALLADAY IN COMMAND
The Orioles had their hands full to begin with against Roy Halladay, who entered yesterday's start with a 14-4 record and a 2.87 ERA in his career against the Orioles. But give the former American League Cy Young Award winner an early six-run lead, and you can forget it. Halladay allowed just one run on five hits and two walks in seven innings for his first victory since Aug. 14. Halladay got inning-ending double-play balls in the first and second innings and induced a double play in the seventh.
The final game of the three-game series will feature Orioles right-hander Victor Santos (0-1, 16.88 ERA) against Shaun Marcum (12-6, 4.11). In his first start for the Orioles, Santos surrendered five earned runs and seven hits in 2 2/3 innings. Marcum has pitched in five career games against the Orioles (two in relief) and is 0-1 with a 7.91 ERA. In his most recent start, Marcum allowed eight earned runs in 4 1/3 innings to the New York Yankees. But before that, he had won seven of his past eight decisions.