BALTIMORE (AP) -- In the eighth inning of a 7-0 game, Baltimore
Orioles manager Mike Hargrove figured the only remaining suspense
was whether Jason Johnson would get his first career shutout.
One inning later, Hargrove was sitting on the edge of his seat,
hoping that his ineffective bullpen could protect a one-run lead.
David Segui's seventh career grand slam backed a fine pitching
performance by Johnson, and the Orioles held on to beat Anaheim 7-6
Sunday for their first four-game sweep of the Angels since 1965.
"We seem to play real good baseball against them for some
reason," said Segui, who entered as a pinch runner for injured
Melvin Mora but later made an impact with his bat.
Johnson (8-4) allowed one run and six hits in 7 1-3 innings,
striking out five and walking two.
"Jason went as far as he could," Hargrove said. "We tried to
get him the shutout, but he just ran out of gas."
"Our bullpen was in and out this series," Hargrove said.
"Today it was shaky."
Anaheim entered the All-Star break with a five-game winning
streak, but now is mired in its third four-game skid of the season
after being outscored 23-16 by the Orioles.
"We came in here and got our butts kicked," Angels manager
Mike Scioscia said. "We're going to fight back. It's part of the
makeup of this club."
Mora, the second-leading hitter in the AL, left in the third
inning after being struck on the left cheek by a pitch from John
He was taken to a hospital for precautionary X-rays, which were
"It's a contusion to the cheek and a small laceration on the
inside of his mouth, but he's fine," Hargrove said.
Baltimore went up 7-0 with a five-run sixth. Lackey (7-9) was
lifted after yielding four straight singles, the last one by Matos
that drove in a run for a 3-0 lead. Francisco Rodriguez entered
with the bases loaded to face Segui, who drove the right-hander's
first pitch deep into the right-field seats.
"He's got a great slider, so you want to try to get a fastball
early in the count," Segui said. "He left it a little too much
over the plate."
It was the Orioles' fifth grand slam of the season -- the fourth
against the Angels.
The drive all but assured Baltimore its first four-game sweep of
the Angels since September 1965, although the bullpen certainly
made it interesting.
"They played better ball than we did," Rodriguez said. "Now
we have to try and take care of business."
Baltimore loaded the bases with two outs in the third before
Lackey struck out Tony Batista, but Batista made amends in the
fifth when he singled in a run with the bases loaded.
Despite the four-game run, the Orioles are still five games
"They've got a good team over there. I don't care what their
record is," Angels reliever Troy Percival said. "They're hitting
their stride. I see a bright future for them."
The Orioles optioned C Geronimo Gil to Triple-A Ottawa. He
had taken a back seat to Fordyce, who made a sixth straight start
for the first time this season. ... Eckstein got two hits after
going 1-for-11 in the first three games of the series. ... Anderson
extended his season-high hitting streak to 12 games. ... Baltimore
is tied with the Yankees for the AL lead with five grand slams.
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