Baltimore 8, Boston 3 (1st game)
BOSTON (AP) -- Few pitchers enjoy facing the Boston Red Sox at
Fenway Park. Rodrigo Lopez is one of them.
Melvin Mora homered twice and drove in four runs, Lopez baffled
Boston again and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Red Sox 8-3 in the
opener of a day-night doubleheader Thursday.
"I like to pitch here," Lopez said as a smile flashed across
his face. "The history of the ballpark and the fans create an
Miguel Tejada added a two-run shot for Baltimore, which won its
fourth straight for the first time since May 28-31.
The Orioles scored three runs in the first inning with only one
out against rookie Abe Alvarez, making things easier for Lopez.
Eight of his 30 career wins have come against the Red Sox.
Kevin Millar hit a two-run homer, and slow-footed David Ortiz
had two triples for Boston. The Red Sox have lost three consecutive
home games for the first time this season.
"That kid's been tough on us before," Boston manager Terry
Francona said. "But we're going to have to do better. We have the
people to do better."
Lopez (8-6) gave up one run and 10 hits in six innings,
improving to 8-2 in his career against the Red Sox. He is 3-0 with
a 1.06 ERA against them this season.
"He did a pretty good job today," Baltimore manager Lee
Buddy Groom pitched two innings and allowed Millar's homer
before Jorge Julio worked a hitless ninth.
Alvarez (0-1) lost his major league debut after being recalled
from Double-A Portland before the game. He gave up five runs and
eight hits in five innings, with five walks and two strikeouts.
"I don't think you ever know what to expect when you come in
for a debut," Mazzilli said.
Heading into the night game, Boston is a season-high nine games
behind the AL East-leading New York Yankees.
"I still think we're going to win the whole thing and nothing's
ever going to come easy for us," center fielder Johnny Damon said.
Tejada made a splendid play up the middle to end the game on
Bill Mueller's grounder, but sat on the grass for a few minutes
before limping off.
"It was just a cramp," he said as he pointed to his left calf.
The Orioles grabbed a 3-0 lead in the first. Brian Roberts
walked and, after David Newhan struck out, Mora hit an RBI double.
Tejada then homered into the seats above the Green Monster, tying
Ortiz for the AL lead with 87 RBI.
Gabe Kapler's RBI single cut it to 3-1 in the second, but Mora
hit a solo homer into Boston's bullpen in the third.
Jerry Hairston's RBI double made it 5-1 in the fifth, though
Javy Lopez was cut down at the plate on shortstop Nomar
Roberts' RBI triple off reliever Mark Malaska made it 6-1 in the
sixth. Millar's homer, his second in two games, cut it to 6-3 in
Mora's second homer made it 8-3 in the ninth. He had three hits
and scored three times.
Baltimore had a runner picked off third, one doubled up at
second when he lost track of the outs and another cut down at the
plate in the first five innings.
It was Mora's second career two-homer game. ... Alvarez was
sent back to the minors after the game. Ricky Gutierrez, acquired
Wednesday from the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named or cash,
was activated. ... Ortiz has a career-high three triples. ...
Tejada was doubled off second to end the third when he forgot how
many outs there were on Lopez's popout. ... Several Red Sox players
were laughing before the game when they watched a replay of Manny
Ramirez cutting off Damon's throw on Newhan's inside-the-park homer
in Wednesday's loss. ... The Red Sox signed eighth-round draft pick
RHP Kyle Bono from Central Florida. He'll report to Class-A Lowell.
... Garciaparra was back in the lineup after getting Wednesday off.
... LHP Jimmy Anderson was designated for assignment when Alvarez
was called up. ... Alvarez, at 21 years, 9 months, was the youngest
pitcher to make his debut with the Red Sox since Jeff Sellers on
Sept. 15, 1985. Sellers was five months younger.
BAL Wins 2-1
- Home Plate Umpire - Chris Guccione
- First Base Umpire - Doug Eddings
- Second Base Umpire - Dan Iassogna
- Third Base Umpire - Jeff Kellogg