Baltimore Orioles defeat New York Mets, 5-4

BALTIMORE - Francisco Rodriguez's first blown save came courtesy of Luis Castillo.

Thursday night, the Mets' closer had no one to blame but himself - and that's just what he did.

"It was awful. An awful outing," Rodriguez said. "I didn't get the job done. ... I'm a human being. Unfortunately, days like this are going to happen."

K-Rod suffered his first legitimate blown save as a Met, as the Orioles scored twice in the bottom of the ninth, turning what would've been ...

BALTIMORE - John Maine may not be ready to be activated from the DL next week as originally planned. Rehab coordinator Guy Conti, who oversaw Maine's 60-pitch session in Port St. Lucie Thursday, told pitching coach Dan Warthen that Maine looked "rusty" during the session, which included facing batters for the final 30 pitches.

Conti told The Associated Press that Maine felt pinching in the troublesome area in the back of his right shoulder, but not pain. Warthen assumed...

The Orioles ended their nine-game homestand with one of their most exhilarating victories of the season.

Trailing by a run in the ninth inning, the Orioles scored twice off All-Star closer Francisco Rodriguez to deal the New York Mets a 5-4 loss before an announced 23,009 on Thursday night at Camden Yards.

For the second game in a row, Aubrey Huff connected for the game-winning hit, delivering a one-out single to right field that scored Nolan Reimold from third and s...

Berken does his part

Rookie Jason Berken held the Mets scoreless for five innings, walked none and recorded a career-high eight strikeouts. But he still left the mound with his club trailing. Berken allowed two runs in the sixth and then a two-out RBI double to Daniel Murphy before he was pulled. Danys Baez allowed an inherited runner to score, so Berken was charged with four runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings despite allowing one single through his first five innings....