Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 7/3)

Game 1: Friday, July 2
in 16
Game 2: Saturday, July 3
Game 3: Sunday, July 4

Orioles 6

(34-43, 17-21 away)

Phillies 7

(42-37, 22-18 home)

7:05 PM ET, July 3, 2004

Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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W: R. Cormier (4-3)

L: J. Grimsley (3-5)

S: B. Wagner (12)

Bedard has 10 strikeouts, gets no-decision

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Tomas Perez is a versatile utilityman, a solid role player and a valuable pinch-hitter, too.

Perez's pinch-hit RBI single in the eighth inning lifted the Philadelphia Phillies to a 7-6 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday night.

David Bell's two-run homer off Jason Grimsley (3-5) tied it at 6 in the eighth, and Perez delivered against B.J. Ryan.

"I hit it good and I knew it could get through," said Perez, 4-for-7 with four RBI as a pinch-hitter this season.

Placido Polanco and Mike Lieberthal also homered for the NL East-leading Phillies, who improved to 4-2 in the midst of their season-high 14-game homestand.

Miguel Tejada and Luis Lopez each homered and Erik Bedard had a career-high 10 strikeouts for Baltimore, which had won three in a row.

Rheal Cormier (4-3) allowed one run in 1 2-3 innings. Billy Wagner finished for his 12th save in 14 chances.

With a shift on, Jim Thome reached on a one-out, bad-hop single past third baseman Lopez, in the shortstop spot, snapping an 0-for-11 skid, before Bell hit his 11th homer into the left-field seats.

"In 29 other ballparks, that's an out," Grimsley said. "The dimensions here, it's a lot shorter than they say."

Lieberthal followed with a single and Jason Michaels walked, chasing Grimsley. Perez singled just past Lopez's glove as he reached to his left, scoring Lieberthal.

"We have to get productivity from everybody," Phillies manager Larry Bowa said. "We can't wait for Jim and Bobby (Abreu)."

Bedard allowed four runs and six hits in seven innings, leaving with a 6-4 lead.

The Orioles, who trailed 3-0 after the first inning, took a 4-3 lead on a sacrifice fly by Tejada off Kevin Millwood in the third. Tejada's solo homer in the fifth made it 5-3.

Lopez snapped an 0-for-17 slump with a solo shot off Cormier in the eighth to give Baltimore a 6-4 lead.

David Newhan's RBI triple in the third tied it at 3. He scored on Tejada's fly ball to right.

"We got beat with a bad hop," Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli said. "That's the way the game goes."

Tejada survived a scary moment after taking a fastball off his right hand in the second inning. He was the fourth batter hit by Phillies' pitchers in two games. Bedard then hit Pat Burrell with two outs in the third.

After he was hit, Tejada went to third on a single by Rafael Palmeiro and scored on a wild pitch. Lopez hit a sacrifice fly to cut it to 3-2.

The Phillies took a 2-0 lead on Polanco's two-run shot in the first. Bell added an RBI double to make it 3-0.

Lieberthal's one-out homer to left-center in the sixth cut it to 5-4.

Millwood allowed five runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings. He's given up five or more runs in four of his last eight starts, raising his ERA to 5.07.

"You want to go deep into the game every time out," Millwood said. "Even if you get in trouble, you can't change the way you pitch."

Game notes

Tejada's homer gave him an 18-game hitting streak. ... Newhan has a hit in all 15 games he's played since signing with Baltimore last month. ... Phillies backup C Todd Pratt was ejected in the sixth for arguing a called strike to Michaels on a 3-2 pitch. ... A crowd of 44,163 gave the Phillies their 20th sellout in 40 games at Citizens Bank Park. ... Thome struck out six consecutive at-bats before flying out to center with two runners on to end the fifth.

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