ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- The Baltimore Orioles were short in
their bullpen -- so short they needed Yorkis Perez to come in with
the game on the line to earn his first save in more than seven
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Melvin Mora hit a tiebreaking, two-run triple in the ninth
inning and the Orioles hung on to end Texas' four-game winning
streak with a 7-5 victory Saturday night.
Rick Bauer (4-4) pitched 1 2/3 innings out of the bullpen. He
struggled to get the win after walking the first two batters in the
bottom of the ninth.
After registering an out, Bauer allowed a run-scoring single to
Kevin Mench to make it 7-5. One out later, Perez relieved and
struck out pinch-hitter Herbert Perry on a called third strike with
runners on first and second for his first save since June 9, 1995
"I tried to do the best I could to help the bullpen,'' Perez
said. "We needed that game and we didn't have some of our relief
pitchers available. I try to be ready but I didn't realize I'd be
in there in the ninth. It was an exciting time for me. I thank my
manager for giving me a chance.''
Orioles manager Mike Hargrove wanted to get through the night
closer Jorge Julio, and he succeeded.
"I knew before the game I wasn't going to use Julio,'' Hargrove
said. "He's pitched in 40 games. That's a lot of appearances. Our
bullpen needs the rest. The All-Star break comes at a good time for
Hargrove took his chances with the 34-year-old Perez, brought up
from Triple-A Rochester to pitch for his seventh major league team.
"I hope it isn't another seven years before his next save,''
With the game tied 4-all, Geronimo Gil led off the ninth with a
pitch, Mora drove in pinch-runner Jerry Hairston and Bordick when
he hit a fastball to the wall in right-center.
"I was just trying to hit it hard,'' Mora said. "It's a big
situation. I'm glad that the manager had enough confidence in me to
let me hit there. He has confidence in everybody on this team.''
Brian Roberts added a sacrifice fly to extend Baltimore's lead
Marty Cordova had three hits, including a pair of doubles, and
Gil added two hits for the Orioles.
Rangers, who had won eight straight over the Orioles.
The Orioles took a 3-0 lead in the second against Dave Burba.
Jay Gibbons was hit by a pitch, went to third on Cordova's double
off the glove of center fielder Everett and scored on Chris
Singleton's groundout. Gil doubled in the second run and later
scored from third on Burba's wild pitch.
Baltimore made it 4-0 in the third when Gibbons drew a two-out
walk and scored on Cordova's double.
Burba allowed four runs and four hits over four innings.
"As a pitcher, it's my job to keep the game close and give my
team innings pitched and I didn't do that tonight,'' Burba said.
"I didn't pitch great and I didn't pitch bad.''
Orioles starter Sidney Ponson retired the first eight batters
before Everett hit his sixth homer in the third. Everett hadn't
homered since April 25.
run-scoring single cut the deficit to 4-3.
Texas tied it at 4 in the sixth, loading the bases with one out
against Ponson and getting a sacrifice fly from Ivan Rodriguez.
Ponson then left with a recurrance of a blister on the middle
with runners on first and third to preserve the tie for the
Orioles. Ponson gave up four runs and six hits over 5 2/3 innings
with five strikeouts and one walk.
Gonzalez was ejected in the eighth after protesting a called
third strike by home plate umpire Jeff Nelson. ... Burba has won
one of his last 10 starts, with four losses and five no-decisions
in that span. ... Ponson has a loss and seven no-decisions in his
previous eight starts. His last victory was on May 23. ...
Everett's 438-foot blast into the upper deck in right field was the
longest homer at The Ballpark in Arlington this season. ... Todd
Van Poppel was in relief for the Rangers in the fifth, sixth and
seventh innings. ...Ponson said he broke the blister in the fourth