A recap of the Orioles' 11-4 win over the Cubs yesterday:
ALMOST EVERYBODY HITS
Every starting Oriole either reached base or got an RBI yesterday except shortstop Alex Cintron, who was 0-for-5 with three strikeouts. The Orioles totaled 13 hits and scored in every inning from the third to the sixth in building an 11-0 lead. Their most productive inning was the third, when they put up five runs against Cubs starter Jason Marquis with Kevin Millar drawing a bases-loaded walk, Aubrey Huff hitting a two-run double and Jay Payton lacing a two-run single. The Orioles added two runs in the fourth, one in the fifth and three in the sixth, turning the game into a rare rout.
Huff went 4-for-5 with a career-high-tying three doubles, two RBIs and three runs. It was his fourth four-hit game of the season and his eighth multi-hit game over his past 13 starts. In his past 13 games, Huff is 24-for-55 with eight doubles, five homers and 13 RBIs. Payton was 2-for-5 with three RBIs and has seven RBIs in his past two games. Brian Roberts also was 2-for-5 and is 11-for-26 with five doubles and seven runs on this road trip.
It certainly wasn't pretty for rookie right-hander Radhames Liz, but he did just enough to stay in the game and put himself in position to win. Going to a full count with seven of the 23 Cubs he faced, Liz allowed two earned runs on four hits, four walks and a hit batter in five-plus innings. The Cubs loaded the bases off him with one out in a scoreless game in the second, but Liz retired Marquis and Eric Patterson on foulouts to end the inning.
The Orioles will start their final interleague series of the season tonight against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Game 1, which starts at 7:35 p.m., will feature a pitching matchup of Orioles right-hander Daniel Cabrera (5-3, 4.46) versus Nationals left-hander Odalis Perez (2-5, 4.09). Perez, who hasn't pitched since June 4 after going on the disabled list with left shoulder tendinitis, is 2-1 with a 4.32 ERA in four career starts against the Orioles. Cabrera is 0-2 with a 12.54 ERA in two career starts against the Nationals.