Call it a comeback
Trailing by two runs heading into the seventh inning, the Orioles continued their habit of knocking around Red Sox left-handed setup man Hideki Okajima. They loaded the bases off him with one out as Brian Roberts and Melvin Mora sandwiched walks around Nick Markakis' double. Aubrey Huff then lined Okajima's 2-2 pitch into right-center, his two-run single tying the game. Kevin Millar then put the Orioles ahead with a sacrifice fly to center off Manny Delcarmen. Okajima has given up nine earned runs this year, eight of them to the Orioles.
Giving it up
Daniel Cabrera showed once again last night that he remains a work in progress. Cabrera was handed a three-run lead and couldn't hold it for the second straight start. He allowed six runs on seven hits, four walks and a hit batsman, and it could have been much worse had Cabrera not induced two double plays early in the game. Leading 4-3 in the fifth, Cabrera hit Dustin Pedroia with a 3-2 pitch and J.D. Drew bashed his next offering over the visitors' bullpen to give the Red Sox the lead. Two pitches later, Manny Ramirez gave Boston a two-run lead with a long home run. Cabrera has given up six runs in consecutive starts, his ERA going from 3.60 to 4.35 in the process.
Some second inning
Boston ace right-hander Josh Beckett breezed through the first four Orioles batters but then suddenly lost the ability to get hitters out. Kevin Millar got it started by ripping a double off the Green Monster, barely missing a solo home run. Luke Scott drew a walk, and Ramon Hernandez was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Beckett retired Adam Jones on an infield pop-up, but Freddie Bynum and Brian Roberts hit back-to-back two-run doubles off the Green Monster. All four of the Orioles' runs in the inning came with two outs, and Beckett needed 37 pitches to get out of the inning.
Orioles left-hander Garrett Olson (5-1, 3.86) and Red Sox veteran right-hander Bartolo Colon (3-1, 3.91) will match up in Game 2 of the series tonight at Fenway Park (7:05). Olson is 0-2 with a 6.64 ERA in four career starts against Boston. He allowed two earned runs over five innings and got a no-decision against them in their only meeting this season. Colon is 9-6 with a 3.40 ERA in 18 career starts against the Orioles. He beat them June 1, allowing four earned runs over six innings.