Sunday, July 03, 2005

Orioles 4, Indians 0

WP: Daniel Cabrera (6-7)
LP: Kevin Millwood (3-6)

It took a botched grounder by Indians 2B Ronnie Belliard, but on Saturday afternoon the O's got just their second win in the last 10 games.

Daniel Cabrera pitched seven innings of four-hit, shutout ball to get the win. The Associated Press reported that pitching coach Ray Miller instituted a new windup (meant to hide the ball better) for Cabrera before his June 27 loss against the Yankees, then worked on it more with him before this start. Cabrera's ERA dropped from 5.48 to 5.07 with the solid performance.

The Orioles got four runs in the sixth after Eli Marrero, batting with men on first and third and one out, grounded into what looked like would be an inning-ending double play to Belliard. But Belliard botched the grounder and everyone was safe, including Miguel Tejada who scored. After taking a walk, Tejada stole second and third prior to the error that plated him.

Then, with Marrero on first and Rafael Palmeiro on second, Jay Gibbons hit a line drive over the center field fence to make it 4-0.

Tim Byrdak made his Orioles debut and his first appearance in the majors since 2000 (with Kansas City), pitching a scoreless eighth inning and striking out two batters.

B.J. Ryan pitched a scoreless ninth in a non-save situation.

Boston beat Toronto, 6-4, so the Orioles remain 2.5 back in the AL East. The Yankees beat Detroit 8-4, so they swapped spots with the Blue Jays for third place.

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