Roberts still scuffling

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Brian Roberts stepped to the plate with runners on the corners and two outs in the fifth and the Orioles trailing by two runs. He swung at the first pitch and flied to shallow center field.

Roberts is 0-for-3 tonight, making him 3-for-42 since May 1.

Mark Reynolds reached on an infield hit after almost striking out for the second time. Plate umpire Ron Kulpa ruled that Reynolds got a piece of the Jeremy Hellickson pitch, which catcher John Jaso couldn’t hold.

On the next pitch, Reynolds sent a slow roller up the third base line that Evan Longoria hoped would roll foul. It didn’t, and Reynolds had his 10th hit in his last 75 at-bats. He also snapped an 0-for-17 streak.

Derrek Lee doubled in the fourth inning for his third extra-base hit in his last 10 games and 38 at-bats.

Jeremy Guthrie has retired seven of the last eight batters. He continues to trail, 2-0, in the top of the sixth. The Orioles continue to store their bats in the rack when he pitches.

Down on the farm, Triple-A Norfolk second baseman Ryan Adams hit his second home run of the season. He connected off Lehigh Valley’s Brian Bass, the former Orioles reliever.

Single-A Frederick second baseman Buck Britton, who had five RBIs last night while his brother, Zach, was throwing nine scoreless innings for the Orioles, is 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.

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