BALTIMORE (AP) -- Melvin Mora homered twice and drove in three
runs, and the Baltimore Orioles extended their winning streak to
seven and completed a four-game sweep of the Texas Rangers with a
7-3 victory Monday.
Larry Bigbie also connected for the Orioles, who completed their
first 7-0 homestand since September 1969. Baltimore, which began
the run with three wins over Seattle, moved within four games of
.500 (53-57) for the first time since June 13.
Dave Borkowski (3-2) pitched six innings of four-hit ball,
giving the Orioles their longest winning streak since September
Mora gave Baltimore the lead for good with a two-run drive in
the first inning off Mike Bacsik (1-1), then added a solo shot in
the fifth off reliever Joaquin Benoit. He has three home runs in
his last two games, and his 20 homers this season are a career
high, eclipsing the 19 he hit in 2002.
Mora went 2-for-3 with a walk and has hit in 11 straight games,
going 18-for-41 (.439) during that span to lift his batting average
Dellucci got the Rangers started in the first inning with a solo
homer, becoming the ninth Texas player to hit 10 home runs this
season, a club record.
Baltimore bounced back with three runs in the bottom half
against Bacsik, who blanked Detroit for seven innings Wednesday in
his only other appearance this season. After Brian Roberts hit a
leadoff double and Mora homered, Miguel Tejada walked and scored on
a double by Javy Lopez.
Hank Blalock hit a sacrifice fly to score Dellucci and bring
Texas to 3-2 in the third, but the Orioles pulled away with a
three-run fifth. Bigbie hit his 12th home run after B.J. Surhoff
hit a leadoff double, and Mora homered on Benoit's second pitch.
Tejada got his 101st RBI with a groundout in the seventh.
During their winning streak, the Orioles have benefited from
solid pitching, timely hitting and exceptional defense. This game
was no exception.
Borkowski pitched well, but he received solid play from the
fielders behind him. Converted center fielder Jerry Hairston made a
diving catch of a sinking liner; Mora made a fine throw on a slow
grounder to third; and Roberts saved a run with a diving stop and
throw on Rod Barajas' two-out grounder in the fourth.
The Rangers loaded the bases with one out in the eighth against
B.J. Ryan, but the left-hander struck out pinch-hitter Gary
Matthews Jr. and Barajas. Soriano homered off Jorge Julio leading
off the ninth.
The Rangers activated RHP Doug Brocail from the 15-day
disabled list and optioned RHP Rosman Garcia to Triple-A Oklahoma.
... It was only the second time this season the Rangers have been
swept. The first was in Cincinnati. ... Orioles RHP Jason Grimsley
made his 11th straight appearance without allowing a run before
leaving with an unspecified injury in the seventh.