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MLB: Baltimore 7, Houston 5

June 19, 2008 at 10:15 PM

BALTIMORE, June 19 (UPI) -- Fourth-inning home runs by Ramon Hernandez and Alex Cintron gave Baltimore the lead Thursday and the Orioles went on to down Houston 7-5.

The Astros have lost seven in a row and 17 of their last 20.

Houston took an early 2-0 lead, but the Orioles rallied to make a winner out of starter Brian Burres.

Burres (6-5) equaled the largest one-season win total of his five-year career. He allowed three runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Houston's Shawn Cacon (2-3) was roughed up for six runs on eight hits in five frames.

After the fourth-inning homers put the Orioles in front, they scored three times in the fifth on a two-run double by Kevin Millar and an RBI single by Jay Payton.

Baltimore took a 7-3 lead into the ninth, but the Astros managed two runs before George Sherrill was called on to record the final two outs and pick up his 24th save.

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