O's hitters keep doing damage
Orioles manager Dave Trembley gave Melvin Mora the day off yesterday and moved usual No. 3 hitter Nick Markakis into Mora's second spot in the lineup. The changes did little to weaken the middle of the Orioles' order. Cleanup hitter Aubrey Huff went 4-for-4 with four RBIs and a walk. No. 5 hitter Luke Scott continued his tear by going 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs and a walk. The Orioles were 4-for-10 with runners in scoring position and finished with 12 hits, and every starter except Ramon Hernandez reached base.
With help, Burres dodges bullets
On the mound for the first time in eight days, Brian Burres turned in an impressive outing, allowing seven hits and one earned run through six innings. But he got plenty of help, both from his defense and the Rangers, who had 10 base runners against Burres, but scored only one run. With men on first and third and one out in the second, Milton Bradley tried to score on a ball that got just past Orioles catcher Hernandez, but he was thrown out at home. The Rangers also hit into double plays in the third and fifth innings, killing rallies. Burres, who turned 27 yesterday, struck out David Murphy to get out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth.
Huff's homer taken away
Huff jogged around the bases in the sixth inning, thinking he had just hit his third home run of the season and his second in as many days. The ball hit the yellow line on the top of the right-field wall and bounced back into the field, but was initially ruled a home run by first base umpire Bruce Dreckman. Rangers manager Ron Washington and right fielder Marlon Byrd protested the call, prompting Dreckman to meet with the rest of the umpiring crew. The call was reversed and Huff was credited with a two-run double. Both he and Orioles manager Dave Trembley acknowledged after the game that the right call was made.
On deck for the O's
The Orioles are hoping to extend their six-game winning streak in Game 2 of the series tonight as veteran right-hander Steve Trachsel (1-0, 3.18) opposes Rangers left-hander Kason Gabbard (1-0, 0.00). Trachsel is 1-1 with a 7.06 ERA in four career starts against the Rangers. Gabbard, whom the Rangers acquired from the Boston Red Sox last year in the Eric Gagne trade, is 1-0 with a 2.53 ERA in two career starts against the Orioles.