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Batista's walk-off homer in 10th beats Padres

BALTIMORE (AP) -- J.J. Trujillo was slumped in a chair, his head
buried in his hands, when San Diego Padres manager Bruce Bochy
summoned the rookie right-hander into his office.

Two minutes later, Trujillo walked to his locker and hesitated
for a moment. He turned around, faced a half-dozen reporters and
wryly said, ''Nice debut, huh?''

Tony Batista homered against Trujillo (0-1) leading off the 10th
inning to give the Baltimore Orioles a 6-5 victory over the San
Diego Padres on Tuesday night.

Trujillo's debut lasted all of five pitches. Batista worked the
count to 2-2 before launching the fifth pitch from the sidearmer
into the left-field seats for his 16th homer of the season.

''It was a slider, a bad slider,'' Trujillo said. ''I threw a
get-me-over slider and it didn't break as much as the other ones
did. He jumped all over it. That's what good hitters do. He saw a
nice fat pitch to hit out and he did.''

Batista knew nothing about the 26-year-old rookie when he walked
to the plate in the bottom of the 10th.

''I don't know him, and he doesn't know me,'' Batista said. ''I
just look for my pitch, regardless. I was waiting for it, and I hit
it pretty good.''

Bochy had nothing but encouraging words for Trujillo, who was
called up from Double-A Mobile earlier in the day.

''He said it was fine, that I'm going to be out there again,''
Trujillo said.

Jorge Julio (4-4), who earned a save against the Padres on
Tuesday night, pitched a perfect 10th inning for the Orioles, who
blew a four-run lead before coming back.

''I just feel bad because these guys came back to tie it up and
then I had to give it up,'' Trujillo said. ''Hopefully, next time I
can pick them up.''

Melvin Mora had two hits and drove in two runs for the Orioles,
who will try to complete a three-game sweep Wednesday. Geronimo
Gil, who entered in a 5-for-43 slump, went 3-for-4 with a double.

Ray Lankford and Ron Gant hit solo homers for the Padres, who
have lost 10 of 12.

Orioles starter Travis Driskill gave up two runs and nine hits
in 6 1-3 innings. He had only one strikeout and failed to retire
the side in order, but did not allow a walk and left with a
three-run lead.

The 30-year-old rookie was poised to run his record to 4-0, but
the Baltimore bullpen frittered away the advantage.

''The bottom line is we won the game,'' Driskill said. ''It's
baseball, and things like that happen.''

Gant's fifth homer of the season brought the Padres to 5-2 in
the sixth, and Driskill was replaced by B.J. Ryan after Wiki
Gonzalez doubled with one out in the seventh.

Ryan got out of that jam, but was pulled after San Diego used a
walk, a single and a hit batter to load the bases with no outs in
the eighth. Willis Roberts walked Gant to force in a run, and Bubba
Trammell followed with a two-run single to make it 5-all.

Unfortunately for San Diego -- and Trujillo -- the comeback went
for naught.

''I'll try my best to get that behind me,'' Trujillo said.
''It's only one game and it's a long season to go. I can't let this
affect my next outing.''

The Orioles got a first-inning run when Mora reached on an
infield hit and scored on an opposite-field double by Jeff Conine.

Lankford led off the fourth with his second home run of the
season -- his first in 81 at-bats since May 10.

Baltimore went up 5-1 with a four-run fourth inning against
rookie left-hander Kevin Pickford. Batista and Marty Cordova hit
successive doubles, Mike Bordick walked and Jerry Hairston followed
with an RBI double. Mora then hit a two-run single.

Pickford, making his second major league start, allowed five
runs, nine hits and two walks in 3 2-3 innings.

Game notes
Orioles switch-hitter Brian Roberts, who came in 1-for-20
as a right-handed batter, got two hits from the right side. ...
Pickford's ERA ballooned from 3.27 to 5.52. ... San Diego's Ryan
Klesko went 1-for-5, extending his run of reaching base safely to
54 straight games.