Call it a comeback
Trailing 4-0 and held scoreless by Shaun Marcum heading into the eighth inning, the Orioles staged an improbable rally to take the lead. Brian Roberts got it started with a leadoff double, chasing Marcum from the game. Nick Markakis ended the starter's shutout bid with an RBI single off Brian Tallet. Melvin Mora then put the Orioles right back in the game with a two-run blast to center field. The Blue Jays brought in Armando Benitez to try to end the rally, but he made it worse. Who would have figured? Kevin Millar tied the score with a homer into the second deck in left field. Adam Jones then gave the Orioles a two-run lead with a towering blast to left field.
Burres puts team in hole
Orioles manager Dave Trembley said before the game that Brian Burres' spot in the rotation was not in jeopardy despite his recent struggles. Burres then delivered another poor outing, failing to go five innings for the third straight start. Burres allowed three runs on five hits, three walks and a hit batter through 4 1/3 innings. He settled down somewhat after rocky second and third innings, but he still put the Orioles in a 3-0 hole. His ERA, which stood at 3.16 three starts ago, is at 4.96, and he has one win in his past eight starts.
Leaving the country didn't cool off Nick Markakis. He continued his hot streak at the Rogers Centre last night, going 4-for-4 with three singles, a double and a walk. It was Markakis' eighth career four-hit game. He singled in the first inning, walked in the third, and singled again in the fifth and the eighth. He doubled in the top of the ninth. On this road trip, the third-year right fielder is 9-for-16 with four RBIs and three walks. He has also hit safely in nine straight games, going 17-for-37 during that stretch.
Game 2 of the series starts at 1:07 p.m. today and features a matchup of two hard-throwing right-handers. Jeremy Guthrie (2-6, 3.58 ERA) will start for the Orioles, looking for his first win since May 13. Guthrie has a 3.60 ERA in three starts against Toronto but has yet to get a decision. A.J. Burnett (5-5, 4.32) will take the mound for the Blue Jays. He is undefeated in six career starts against the Orioles, going 5-0 with a 3.32 ERA against them.