Ponson, Orioles out to snap losing skid

Ponson, Orioles out to snap losing skid

The Orioles are in their first major skid this season and they desperately need a win to get themselves back on track. They lost a tough 6-4 decision to the Yankees on Monday, their season-high sixth straight loss. The Orioles had not lost more than three in a row this season before this slump.

They will give veteran Sidney Ponson the chance to end the streak. Ponson has earned seven wins this season but his ERA is still too high for comfort. The right-hander has struggled of late, allowing six runs and 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings in a 6-2 loss to Toronto last Thursday. Ponson has been a solid pitcher at home this season, going 4-2 with a 3.78 ERA.

Yankees right-hander Chien-Ming Wang has been steady since being thrown into the rotation but has won just one of his past five starts. Last Thursday, he was touched for five earned runs in six innings in a loss to Tampa Bay. He is 1-2 with a 5.79 ERA away from Yankee Stadium.

The Orioles offense woke up for a stretch Monday when they scored four times off Carl Pavano. But the New York bullpen combined for three innings of one-hit ball to seal the game. Larry Bigbie was 3-for-4 with his third homer and appears to be heating up. Sammy Sosa, however, is 3-for-31 in his past eight games.

Pitching matchup
BAL: RHP Sidney Ponson
• 7-5, 5.42 ERA in 2005
• 1-0, 6.35 vs. NYY in 2005

NYY: RHP Chien-Ming Wang
• 4-3, 4.31 ERA in 2005
• First career appearance vs. BAL

Player to watch
The Orioles need a big game from shortstop Miguel Tejada, who might need to carry the team himself out of its skid. Tejada has been steady lately, but not spectacular -- and the Orioles need spectacular.

Quotable
"I don't care who you are playing, whether it's Atlanta or Kansas City, you have to approach every game the same. You don't get up only for certain opponents." -- manager Lee Mazzilli

On the Internet
 MLB.TV
 Gameday Audio
Gameday
Official game notes

On television
• BAL: Comcast SportsNet
• NYY: UPN 9

On radio
• BAL: WBAL 1090
• NYY: WCBS 880

Quick hits
The Orioles are now 5-7 when tied after the seventh inning. ... Rafael Palmeiro's single in the fourth was his 2,988th career hit, moving him past Sam Rice for 26th on the all-time list. He also has a 10-game hitting streak. ... Bigbie collected his third three-hit game since coming off the disabled list June 13. ... David Newhan played third base for the first time this season on a defensive switch in the ninth inning. ... Saturday's game with Cleveland is a 1:35 p.m. ET start and Sunday is at 5:05 p.m. ET.

On deck
• Wednesday: vs. New York, 7:05 p.m. ET
• Thursday: vs. Cleveland, 7:05 p.m. ET
• Friday: vs. Cleveland, 7:35 p.m. ET

Gary Washburn is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.