Orioles 4, Angels 2

By Times Staff
Published April 18, 2006

BALTIMORE - The Orioles say they were never worried about Daniel Cabrera's effectiveness, even after he issued 16 walks in his first two starts.

Cabrera displayed surprising control while pitching seven five-hit innings, and Miguel Tejada homered for Baltimore.

Cabrera went in with an 11.37 ERA after walking seven in 11/3 innings against Boston and nine against Tampa Bay on April 12. Facing the Angels, he yielded his only walk with two outs in the seventh.

"Everyone made a big deal out of the first two starts, saying he was going to walk everyone in the ballpark. Daniel doesn't do that all the time," Baltimore manager Sam Perlozzo said. "Tonight we got what we really expect from him."

Cabrera attributed his sharper control to several sessions with pitching coach Leo Mazzone.

"I worked with Leo the last seven days, and it worked today," Cabrera said. "Everything was perfect. I cut down on the walks and threw strikes."

NOTABLE: Baltimore outfielder David Newhan broke his right leg while sliding awkwardly into second base during a steal in the first inning.