BOSTON (AP) -- Daniel Cabrera seemed to have solved all his
problems with Boston. Then the Red Sox solved all their problems
Hitless for 4 1/3 innings, the Red Sox followed with four
consecutive hits off the Baltimore right-hander, scoring four times
in the fifth to win 5-1 Tuesday night.
"He gave up the walk, and then the next thing you know you're
trying to overdo it," Baltimore manager Lee Mazzilli said. "Every
time he goes to the mound, you think that something special could
happen. That's a good feeling."
The AL East-leading Orioles have lost four of five but remain
three games in front of Boston in the division.
Wade Miller (2-1) scattered five hits over seven innings to
rebound from an awful performance in his previous outing, allowing
one run while striking out three and walking three. In an 8-1 loss
to Toronto on Thursday, he allowed seven runs -- six in the first --
and lasted just two innings.
"I just felt more comfortable out there with my mechanics,"
said Miller, who missed the last three months of last season
because of a frayed rotator cuff and didn't make his first start
for Boston until May 8. "I think this is the best I've felt since
coming back. So it's definitely a step in the right direction."
Miller also helped Boston bounce back after Monday night's game
in which the Orioles knocked Red Sox starter Bronson Arroyo out
with seven runs in three innings.
"We weren't giving him a whole lot of support, but he never
gave in," said Mike Timlin, who helped Miller with 1 1/3 innings
of perfect relief. "We didn't play well last night, but Cabrera's
tough. He held us down for a long time."
Cabrera (4-4) kept Boston hitless until Mark Bellhorn bounced a
grounder up the middle with one out and one on in the fifth. John
Olerud doubled to make it 1-1, then Edgar Renteria and David Ortiz
followed with RBI singles.
Trot Nixon hit a hard one-hopper off Cabrera's glove; he fielded
it and got the out at first, but Renteria scored to make it 4-1.
Cabrera was charged with four runs on six hits and three walks,
striking out three in 5 2/3 innings. In three career starts against
Boston, he is 0-2 with an 11.57 ERA.
The Red Sox had a scare when center fielder Johnny Damon ran
into the wall of the Boston bullpen pursuing Jay Gibbons' triple in
the third. Damon received four stitches on his right eyelid. He had
scratches and bruises, but there were no symptoms of a concussion,
the team said.
Damon remained on the ground for a few seconds before popping up
and appearing to shake off the injury. Gibbons scored on Sal
Fasano's double to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead.
"I'd say he lost the fight," Red Sox manager Terry Francona
said. "He's a tough kid."
Olerud pinch hit for Damon to start the bottom half of the
inning, forcing first baseman Kevin Millar to move to left. Jay
Payton moved from left to center.
"I'm going to call Terry in the morning and give him the
go-ahead to put me in the lineup," said Damon, who had a
quarter-sized scrape on his right cheek after the game. "Right
now, I feel fine."
Boston RHP Curt Schilling underwent a series of tests on
his right ankle before the game. Team spokesman Glenn Geffner said
the tests were not diagnostic, but instead were designed to measure
his progress. Francona declined to comment and neither Schilling
nor Dr. Thomas Gill was available for comment after the game. ...
Brian Roberts extended his hitting streak to 20 games, longest in
the AL this year, with a single in the first inning. ... Sammy Sosa
just missed his first homer since April 24 and his fifth of the
season when Damon made a catch on the warning track in front of
Boston's bullpen in right-center field in the second. ... Boston LF
Manny Ramirez missed just his second game this season when Francona
decided to give him a rest. Payton replaced him in left field and
Nixon took his cleanup spot in the lineup. ... C Doug Mirabelli is
scheduled to come off the disabled list Friday but likely won't
play then to give his sprained left wrist more time to heal.