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Rampant offseason trade rumors had him on the verge of joining the Chicago Cubs -- and whether they were on target or not -- he showed Tuesday night why he attracted so much interest.
Roberts had three hits to reach 1,000 for his career, closer George Sherrill struck out the side after the Cubs loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth and the Orioles ended Chicago's 14-game home-field winning streak with a 7-5 victory.
"It's a great atmosphere," Roberts said. "The fans love their baseball. ... What we dealt with for four months you think about it a little bit. It's just a fun night to be part of."
The Orioles led 7-1 before it grew tense over the last few innings, especially the ninth.
Chicago loaded the bases off Sherrill on Geovany Soto's single, a walk to Mark DeRosa and Ryan Theriot's infield single before the left-hander found his strikeout pitch and recorded his 26th save in 29 chances.
He struck out Ronny Cedeno, Kosuke Fukudome and Henry Blanco to end the game.
"It makes it a little more stressful, but I don't get nervous out there," Sherrill said. "I get nervous when it's someone else, not me."
Cubs manager Lou Piniella, whose team lost at home for the first time since May 17, wasn't happy with his team's final three at-bats.
"It was a good comeback. We got too far behind. ... We didn't have three good at-bats with the bases loaded. We didn't swing at strikes," Piniella said.
"We got to put the ball in play and we couldn't," Blanco said. "You do the best you can. This guy has 26 saves in the big leagues and you knew it wouldn't be easy."
Roberts had two singles and his sixth triple of the season, giving him 1,000 hits.
"I didn't really think about it. But if it is a big hit, it makes it a little more significant," Roberts said. "It didn't seem like it at the time, but later in the game it turned out to be."
Roberts, for sure, heard the trade rumors. He couldn't help but do so during the offseason.
"I thought I was going to be a Cub in December," Roberts said before the game. "I didn't know what was going to happen. ... Once the season started you just kinda go out and play your spot and the rest will take care of itself. I really haven't thought about in a long time."
Jeremy Guthrie (4-7) allowed only four hits and a run over the first six innings as the Orioles took a 7-1 lead.
But he was driven out in the seventh when Jim Edmonds hit a three-run homer after singles by Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez, slicing the lead to 7-4. After a walk, reliever Jim Johnson induced DeRosa to hit into Chicago's fourth double play of the night to douse the rally.
Ramirez hit an RBI single in the eighth and the Cubs still had two on before Sherrill relieved and retired pinch-hitter Matt Murton on a fly out.
Cubs' starter Sean Marshall (0-1) -- just recalled from Triple-A -- lasted only 4 2/3 innings, giving up seven hits and four runs. The Orioles went up by six with three unearned runs in the sixth off reliever Michael Wuertz.
Luke Scott hit a two-run triple, a liner that got by right fielder Fukudome in the fourth. It followed a walk and single by Ramon Hernandez.
Fukudome hit his sixth homer leading off the fourth to make it 2-1.
Roberts singled in the fifth and scored on Nick Markakis' RBI double. Markakis moved up on a fly ball and scored on Kevin Millar's RBI single that finished Marshall and made it 4-1.
Scott was initially credited with a double in the sixth when he hit a high pop that shortstop Theriot signaled was his. But when left fielder Eric Patterson called him off late, Theriot got out of his way and the ball dropped. The official scorer changed the ruling to an error on Patterson and one out later, Alex Cintron hit an RBI double.
He scored when Roberts drove one into the gap in right-center for a triple. Markakis then delivered an RBI single.
|Rumored to be dealt to Chicago in the offseason, Brian Roberts (1) burns the Cubs with three hits. (AP)|
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|Brian Roberts, 2B||5||2||3||1||0||1||0||.296|
|Nick Markakis, RF||5||1||2||2||0||0||1||.285|
|Melvin Mora, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.236|
|Kevin Millar, 1B||4||1||1||1||1||1||0||.245|
|Ramon Hernandez, C||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||.243|
|Luke Scott, LF||4||1||2||2||0||1||1||.272|
|Jim Johnson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chad Bradford, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|George Sherrill, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Adam Jones, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.261|
|Alex Cintron, SS||4||1||1||1||0||1||1||.319|
|Jeremy Guthrie, P||3||0||0||0||0||3||1||.000|
|Jay Payton, LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.254|
|2B - Nick Markakis (18, Marshall), Alex Cintron (2, Wuertz)|
|3B - Brian Roberts (6, Wuertz), Luke Scott (1, Marshall)|
|RBI - Brian Roberts (30), Nick Markakis 2 (35), Kevin Millar (42), Luke Scott 2 (30), Alex Cintron (5)|
|2-OUT RBI - Brian Roberts (12), Nick Markakis (8), Kevin Millar (17)|
|CS - Melvin Mora (6, 2nd base by Marmol/Soto)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Mora-B. Roberts-Millar, Hernandez-Cintron-B. Roberts, Millar, Mora-B. Roberts-Millar|
|Jeremy Guthrie (W,4-7)||6||7||4||4||1||2||2||3.64|
|Jim Johnson (H,12)||1.1||1||1||1||2||0||0||1.29|
|Chad Bradford (H,12)||0.1||1||0||0||0||0||0||2.45|
|George Sherrill (S,26)||1.1||2||0||0||1||3||0||3.09|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Guthrie 93-59, Jim Johnson 33-21, Chad Bradford 2-4, George Sherrill 30-18|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Guthrie 8-5, Jim Johnson 3-0, Chad Bradford 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Jeremy Guthrie 23, Jim Johnson 6, Chad Bradford 2, George Sherrill 7|
|Kosuke Fukudome, RF-CF||5||2||2||1||0||1||4||.299|
|Eric Patterson, LF||3||0||1||0||1||1||1||.320|
|a- Henry Blanco, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||3||.286|
|Derrek Lee, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||0||3||.294|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||4||1||2||1||0||0||1||.301|
|Jim Edmonds, CF||3||1||1||3||0||0||1||.235|
|b- Matt Murton, PH-RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.261|
|Geovany Soto, C||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.275|
|Mark DeRosa, 2B||3||0||1||0||1||0||1||.286|
|Ryan Theriot, SS||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.313|
|Sean Marshall, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.500|
|Michael Wuertz, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Neal Cotts, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Mike Fontenot, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.240|
|Jon Lieber, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- Daryle Ward, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.200|
|Jason Marquis, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.207|
|Carlos Marmol, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|e- Ronny Cedeno, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||3||.273|
|a-struck out for Patterson in the 9th|
|b-flied out for Edmonds in the 8th|
|c-struck out for Cotts in the 6th|
|d-walked for Lieber in the 8th|
|e-struck out for Marmol in the 9th|
|HR - Kosuke Fukudome (6, Guthrie), Jim Edmonds (6, Guthrie)|
|RBI - Kosuke Fukudome (33), Aramis Ramirez (54), Jim Edmonds 3 (25)|
|2-OUT RBI - Aramis Ramirez (17)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|E - Eric Patterson (1, Dropped fly)|
|Sean Marshall (L,0-1)||4.2||7||4||4||1||7||0||5.40|
|HBP - Mora (by Carlos Marmol)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Sean Marshall 88-59, Michael Wuertz 21-14, Neal Cotts 8-5, Jon Lieber 25-17, Carlos Marmol 11-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sean Marshall 1-6, Michael Wuertz 1-2, Jon Lieber 3-3|
|Batters Faced - Sean Marshall 22, Michael Wuertz 6, Neal Cotts 2, Jon Lieber 7, Carlos Marmol 3|
|Attendance - 41537|
|Game Time - 3:03|
|Temperature - 76|
|Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Brian Knight|