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Series: Game 1 of 3

Baltimore leads 1-0 (as of 5/7)

Game 1: Friday, May 7
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Game 2: Saturday, May 8
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Game 3: Sunday, May 9
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Indians 2

(12-16, 4-9 away)

Orioles 3

(14-12, 9-8 home)

    7:35 PM ET, May 7, 2004

    Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland 

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    W: J. Julio (1-0)

    L: C. Durbin (2-3)

    Bigbie had been in slump

    BALTIMORE (AP) -- With one swing of the bat, Larry Bigbie put his slump to rest and finally got to experience the thrill of being mugged by his teammates after a game-winning homer.

    Bigbie's drive off Chad Durbin leading off the 10th inning gave the Baltimore Orioles a 3-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night.

    After Durbin (2-3) entered in the 10th, Bigbie ended a 3-for-19 skid by sending a 1-0 pitch into the bleacher seats in right-center, his fifth home run of the season.

    "It's good to come through and give the team a lift after having a few series where you haven't been swinging the bat well," Bigbie said.

    Before his home run, Bigbie's batting average sunk to .233. He hit .303 last year.

    But his troubles this season were temporarily forgotten as soon as his drive cleared the wall. After watching dozens of players pull off the feat, Bigbie now knows what it feels like to hit a walkoff homer.

    "I don't think I ever had one, not in the big leagues," he said. "You don't really know how that feels until you hit one yourself. Coming around and seeing the whole team waiting to congratulate you, it's a great feeling. It's why you play the game."

    It was the third time this season Durbin yielded a game-ending homer. He came in with a 12.66 ERA.

    Rafael Palmeiro also homered for the Orioles, who won for only the fourth time in 11 games.

    Jorge Julio (1-0), the sixth Baltimore pitcher, worked the 10th for the win.

    Ronnie Belliard had three hits for the Indians, who fell to 4-9 on the road. Cleveland went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and were guilty of several baserunning errors, including an ill-advised attempt to steal home by Omar Vizquel.

    "We made some mistakes. We had situations where we did not play smart baseball," Indians manager Eric Wedge said.

    Cleveland loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth before B.J. Ryan struck out Victor Martinez on an 0-2 pitch. Martinez went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and is hitless in his last 11 at-bats.

    Baltimore rookie Erik Bedard, vying for his first big league victory, was pulled after five innings with the Orioles down 2-1. He allowed one earned run and five hits, his most effective performance in four starts this season.

    The Indians got a run in the first when Belliard hit a leadoff single and scored on a double by Jody Gerut. An RBI double by Miguel Tejada tied it in the bottom half.

    Cleveland used a single, an error and a hit batter to load the bases with two outs in the fifth before Bedard walked cleanup hitter Martinez to force in a run. Vizquel was then cut down trying to steal home.

    "That was on his own. If he's going to steal, he's got to be 100 percent sure he's going to make it," Wedge said.

    Vizquel added: "That's a risky play. I thought I had a chance to make it. I didn't. It was pretty close."

    Palmeiro evened the score in the sixth, driving an 0-1 pitch far over the 25-foot scoreboard in right. It was the first homer allowed by Cliff Lee in six starts this season.

    "It was going good until I gave up that bomb to Palmeiro," Lee said. "If I don't give that up, we win."

    Lee gave up two runs and five hits in six innings.

    Game notes


    The game was delayed by rain for 48 minutes after the third inning. ... Baltimore's Melvin Mora committed his 10th error, most among AL third basemen. ... The Indians optioned RHP Kazuhito Tadano to Triple-A Buffalo to make room for RHP Jose Jimenez, who was activated from the disabled list and pitched two scoreless innings. ... All four of Palmeiro's homers have been solo shots.

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