BALTIMORE (Ticker) --
something unusual - a big-time pitching performance.
Cabrera pitched a four-hitter for his first career complete game and shutout, leading the Orioles to a 5-0 blanking of the
A 23-year-old rookie making his ninth career start, Cabrera (4-3) was in control throughout as he gave up just four singles and allowed just one runner to reach second base. He walked two, struck out six and threw 102 pitches.
It was the first complete game shutout by an Orioles rookie since
blanked Montreal on June 8, 2001.
Cabrera's effort had to be a welcome relief for the Orioles, who entered the contest last in the American League with a 5.41 ERA.
"It feels good, everything's good," Cabrera said. "The more strikes I throw, the longer I can go in the game. I felt happy and under control. When I got to the seventh I thought I could finish the game."
"The kid had everything tonight, good velocity and good location, threw changeups and curveballs," Orioles manager
said. "It was just his night."
, who had missed the previous six games with a sprained ligament in his left foot, opened the scoring for the Orioles with a solo homer in the first. But he left after four innings with soreness in the foot.
added two RBI and
went 3-for-4 and scored twice for the Orioles.
, who spent his first 12 seasons with the Braves before signing with Baltimore over the winter, went 2-for-4 with a run scored in his first game against his former team.
"Cabrera had tremendous stuff," Lopez said. "He used his fastball about ninety percent of the time and he knows how to use it. Nothing is straight, either cut or sink. That's how he dominated the game."
(1-1), making his second start since returning from the disabled list, allowed three runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings.
"I knew from the start it would be a battle," Byrd said. "Give credit where credit is due. Cabrera threw great."
"Byrdie gave us a great chance to win the game, but Cabrera had good stuff," Braves manager
said. "He had a great downhill plane and good breaking ball. We hit some balls pretty good."
J.D Drew and
managed two hits apiece for the Braves.
"He (Cabrera) was up, down, in and out in the strike zone," Braves outfielder
said. "He elevates the ball well and has enough on his fastball to get it by you. But I stunk tonight. And we have the worst middle lineup in baseball right now."