OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Travis Driskill planned to call his wife
in Baltimore first, then his parents in Texas.
``I'm going to wake them up, but I don't think they're going to
mind,'' the rookie reliever said after notching his first major
league victory, a 6-4 Orioles' win in 14 innings over the Oakland
Athletics on Tuesday night. ``It's all pretty exciting. It just legitimizes everything in my
career,'' he said. ``It took me a long time to get here, and now
it's in the record books.'' Mike Bordick walked to lead off the 14th, then advanced to
second on Jerry Hairston's sacrifice bunt. Chris Singleton singled up the
middle off Mike Venafro (1-1) for a 5-4 lead. Singleton stole second and third before Gary Matthews Jr. added
an RBI single. ``Chris has been swinging the bat well, it was certainly a big
hit he got there in the umpteenth inning,'' Orioles manager Mike
Hargrove said. Driskill (1-0) pitched two innings, giving up one hit and
striking out one. Jorge Julio pitched the bottom of the 14th for
his ninth save. The Athletics, who made a number of player moves prior to the
game in hopes of snapping out of their recent slide, have lost four
straight and 15 of their last 19. The A's were down 4-1 until the eighth, when Jeremy Giambi hit a
solo home run and Jermaine Dye added a two-run shot off reliever
Rick Bauer to tie it. ``It's good for the morale to know we can be down four runs and
still get back in it,'' A's starter Barry Zito said. Oakland missed a chance to win in the 10th. With one out, Miguel
Tejada and Dye drew walks from Willis Roberts. After Terrence Long
lined out, B.J. Ryan walked Randy Velarde to load the bases for
Olmedo Saenz, who grounded out to short. The A's three-run eighth spoiled another excellent outing by
Rodrigo Lopez, who was still vying to become the first Orioles
rookie to start 6-0. Lopez hasn't earned a decision in his last two starts after four
straight wins. He allowed one run on five hits over 6 1/3 innings.
He struck out six. The Orioles got off to a quick start. Melvin Mora walked to lead off the game, stole second and went
to third on catcher Ramon Hernandez's throwing error on the same
play, then scored on Marty Cordova's sacrifice fly. Hairston hit a solo home run off Zito in the second. It was his
first homer since last Sept. 18. Geronimo Gil's two-run homer in the third off Zito scored
Cordova, who singled. Saenz homered off Lopez in the fifth, snapping the Athletics'
six-game homerless streak. Saenz was subbing for third baseman Eric
Chavez, who was a late scratch from the game because of illness.
Two other Baltimore rookies have started 5-0: Rocky
Coppinger in 1996 and Ben McDonald in 1990. ... Chavez hit .370
with five homers and 14 RBIs against the Orioles last season. ...
The Orioles recalled INF Brian Roberts from Triple-A Rochester.
They optioned INF Mike Moriarty to Rochester. ... Orioles' 1B/DH
David Segui underwent surgery at Baltimore's Union Memorial
Hospital to repair torn cartilage and a damaged tendon in his left
hand. Segui was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday. He
was expected to miss 10-12 weeks.