Orioles 8, Rangers 1

March 18, 2002|By Roch Kubatko

The game

The Orioles broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning and improved their record to 11-6-1. They turned a dazzling double play to end the second inning. Shortstop Mike Bordick made a diving stop up the middle and flipped to Jerry Hairston, who barehanded the ball for the force and threw to first to retire Michael Young. The Orioles also scored off another delayed double steal, with Mike Moriarty sliding across the plate and Jeff Conine taking second.

The arms

Scott Erickson went six innings for the second consecutive start, allowing one run and eight hits, walking one and striking out six. He got by without his good sinker. Jason Romano hit a leadoff homer in the first, and the next two batters reached before Erickson got a double play. Eight of the first 14 batters reached against him. B.J. Ryan (one hit) and Lee Marshall had scoreless innings, and Jorge Julio stranded two in the ninth.

The bats

Marty Cordova doubled twice and drove in two runs. Conine also doubled, and Bordick led off the sixth with a triple before scoring on a fielder's choice. Hairston produced the go-ahead run in the fifth with a sacrifice fly after Larry Bigbie walked with one out and catcher Geronimo Gil singled. Gil scored in the seventh on a balk by Rangers pitcher Steve Woodard after reaching third base on Brian Roberts' single. Brook Fordyce singled in a run in the eighth.

Injury update

David Segui (strained Achilles') took batting practice yesterday but isn't expected to play before Thursday.

The number

3.30 - Orioles' ERA before yesterday, which led all American League clubs.

The quote

"He's all right. That was his last inning anyway." - manager Mike Hargrove, after Erickson was hit on the right leg by a line drive with two outs in the sixth.

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