Melvin Mora has been the Orioles' best hitter with runners in scoring position, but he let the club down in a couple of key spots. With the bases loaded and one out in the second inning and the Orioles leading by two runs against control-challenged Manny Parra, Mora hit into an inning-ending double play. It was the first of three double plays induced by the left-hander, who allowed five hits and walked six in five innings. Mora struck out with two men on and no outs in the seventh and then hit into a game-ending double play in the ninth. He was 0-for-5 and left eight runners on base.
Asked before the series started about the key to beating Milwaukee, Orioles manager Dave Trembley said it was preventing home runs. His team wasn't able to do it, surrendering seven homers in three games. The home runs accounted for 12 of the Brewers' 15 runs. Yesterday, Garrett Olson allowed a game-tying, two-run shot to Corey Hart in the second inning and a game-tying solo homer to Bill Hall in the fifth. Prince Fielder gave the Brewers a two-run lead with a solo homer off Ryan Bukvich in the sixth and a four-run lead with a two-run shot off Jamie Walker in the seventh.
A NASTY WELCOME
Just a couple of hours after walking into the visiting clubhouse at Miller Park toting his Norfolk Tides equipment bag, Bukvich was on the mound for the Orioles. His contract was selected from Triple-A, and shortstop Freddie Bynum was designated for assignment. Fielder, the first hitter Bukvich faced, homered. Bukvich also allowed a single and walked two to load the bases with two outs before Trembley called on Lance Cormier to get him out of the jam.
The Orioles are off today before beginning a three-game series tomorrow against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Game 1, which starts at 8:05 p.m., was to feature a matchup of staff aces - the Orioles' Jeremy Guthrie (3-7, 3.51 ERA) and the Cubs' Carlos Zambrano. However, Zambrano is on the disabled list with a shoulder strain and the Orioles will face left-hander Sean Marshall (0-0, 4.15). Marshall has made 13 appearances this season, all in relief.