Orioles edge Tigers


BALTIMORE – Melvin Mora hit one of Baltimore’s four home runs before driving in the tiebreaking run with an eighth-inning single, and the Orioles beat the Detroit Tigers 7-6 to snap a five-game losing streak.

Miguel Tejada, Jeff Conine and Jay Gibbons also homered for the Orioles, who scored three unearned runs off two errors by Detroit shortstop Carlos Guillen.

Magglio Ordonez homered in the fourth straight game for the Tigers. He connected in the seventh inning against Todd Williams to put Detroit ahead 6-4.

But the Orioles tied it in the bottom half against Fernando Rodney (1-1), who came in with a spotless ERA over 13 innings. After Mora homered on Rodney’s second pitch, Gibbons hit a one-out drive to center to tie it.

Gibbons has 10 homers, including four in his last seven games.

The Tigers got runners on second and third with two outs in the eighth against LaTroy Hawkins (1-1) before the right-hander struck out Ivan Rodriguez.

In the Orioles’ half, Kevin Millar led off with a walk and was replaced by pinch-runner Luis Terrero. After a sacrifice bunt and a flyout, Guillen fumbled a grounder by Chris Gomez, and Mora followed with a soft single to left.

Chris Ray worked the ninth for his eighth save in eight chances.

Baltimore starter Daniel Cabrera gave up five runs, five hits and seven walks in five innings. Four of those walks turned into runs, and just over half his 106 pitches were strikes (54).

Detroit’s Nate Robertson allowed two earned runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings.

The Tigers went up 5-2 with a three-run fifth. Two walks and a single by Rodriguez loaded the bases for Guillen, who collected three RBIs with an opposite-field double off the left-field wall.

Conine brought Baltimore to 5-4 in the sixth, hitting his fifth homer after Ramon Hernandez drew a leadoff walk.

Ordonez gave the Tigers some breathing room with his seventh-inning home run, but the lead wouldn’t last.

Baltimore went ahead 2-0 with two unearned runs in the third inning. After Guillen muffed a two-out grounder to short, Tejada hit his ninth home run.

The Tigers answered with a two-run fourth. Guillen and Craig Monroe drew walks before Omar Infante hit a twisting liner to right that eluded the glove of a diving Jay Gibbons and went for a triple.

Notes: Rodriguez played 1B for the first time in his big league career. The 12-time All-Star catcher started in place of slumping Chris Shelton. … Cabrera leads the majors with 32 walks (in 37 1-3 innings). … Ordonez has 10 homers this season after hitting eight in 82 games last season.

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