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Jones walks four, including Lopez, to lose

4/9/2004

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Held scoreless for eight straight innings, the
Baltimore Orioles broke the drought without taking the bat off
their shoulders.

Bobby Jones' fourth walk of the 13th inning forced in Javy Lopez
with the winning run, giving the Orioles a 3-2 victory over the
Boston Red Sox on Thursday night.

Jones (0-1) loaded the bases on walks before throwing a high
fastball to Larry Bigbie on a 3-2 pitch, scoring Lopez. It was the
13th walk allowed by the Red Sox, who used six pitchers.

On a night in which they managed only seven hits, Baltimore's
best weapon was the base on balls.

"Patience comes with confidence. When you feel right at the
plate, you're not afraid to go deep in the count," Orioles manager
Lee Mazzilli said.

Lopez led off the 13th with a walk. After Jose Bautista struck
out, David Segui and Luis Matos walked to load the bases for
Bigbie, who fouled off a 3-2 pitch before taking ball four.

"I don't know how I let the last one go. I swung at the first
two, which were about the same height," Bigbie said. "I just
figured I'd take my chances."

Jones, who pitched two innings Wednesday night, yielded five
walks in 1 1-3 innings in this one.

"That kid was in a tough position," Red Sox manager Terry
Francona said. "He was going to stay out there. He was our last
pitcher tonight."

Boston got two singles in the first inning, then produced only
one more hit -- a solo homer by Ellis Burks -- until the 11th. Boston
managed only one earned run against six Baltimore pitchers.

"We found a way to keep the game going. But we didn't do enough
offensively to give ourselves a chance to win," Francona said.

Rodrigo Lopez (1-0) worked 1 1-3 innings to cap a terrific
performance by the Orioles bullpen, which yielded three hits over 6
2-3 innings.

Baltimore's Matt Riley, making his sixth career start, gave up
two runs, one earned, and three hits in 6 1-3 innings. The
left-hander struck out five and walked four.

Segui drove in two runs for the Orioles, who gained a split of
the four-game series.

"This was a big game for us. You don't want to drop three at
home at the start of the season, especially against a team like
Boston," Bigbie said. "Now we have a little momentum going on
this nine-game road trip."

The Orioles travel to Tampa Bay, Boston and Toronto before
returning home on April 20.

The Red Sox, meanwhile, won't get much rest before their home
opener on Friday afternoon against Toronto.

"It's already that day, isn't it?" Francona said. "We'll be
all right."

Baltimore wasted an excellent chance to win it in the 10th.
Melvin Mora hit a leadoff double off Keith Foulke and took third on
a wild pitch before Miguel Tejada struck out. After an intentional
walk to Rafael Palmeiro, Javy Lopez hit a short fly ball to center
fielder Johnny Damon, who threw out Mora at the plate for an
inning-ending double play.

Boston put runners on first and third with one out in the 11th
before Buddy Groom came in to retire the side.

Boston trailed 2-1 until Burks hit his first homer with Boston
since 1992, a solo shot to center with one out in the sixth. The
drive snapped an 0-for-7 start for Burks, signed as a free agent in
February.

Riley issued three walks in the seventh to load the bases with
one out, but B.J. Ryan snuffed the uprising by retiring Damon on a
line drive to short and Bill Mueller on a soft liner to first.

The Red Sox went up 1-0 with an unearned run in the first. Damon
hit a leadoff single, took second on a wild pickoff throw by Riley
and scored on a two-out single by Manny Ramirez.

Boston starter Tim Wakefield lost control of his knuckleball and
gave away the lead in the fourth. With one out, the right-hander
walked the bases loaded while throwing only two strikes.

Segui then hit a sharp grounder up the middle that bounced off
second base, enabling two runs to score.

Game notes
Mora botched a grounder to third in the third inning, his
fourth error in four games. It's his first season as a regular at
the position. ... Damon had six straight hits over two games before
grounding out in the third. ... Orioles leadoff hitter Brian
Roberts went 0-for-3 with two walks and is hitless in 15 at-bats
this season.