Orioles 10, Expos 5

March 27, 2002|By Roch Kubatko

The game

A six-run first inning decided the outcome. The Orioles had 13 total bases in the inning, including a grand slam by Marty Cordova. They pounded Expos starter Masato Yoshii, whose ERA was 0.95 before the game. He allowed eight runs in two innings.

The arms

Josh Towers gave up a home run to Jose Vidro in the first inning, the ball clearing the tall hedge in center field, and another run on three hits in the third. Henry Rodriguez belted a two-run homer off him in the sixth inning for the ninth hit off Towers. Willis Roberts served up a bases-empty homer in the eighth.

The bats

They were smoking. Melvin Mora hit a two-run homer in the first, and the Orioles filled the bases for Cordova. Jay Gibbons and Tony Batista drove in runs in the second with a single and double, respectively. The Orioles had 10 hits through two innings, 13 for the game. Batista doubled twice and singled. Jerry Hairston and David Segui each singled twice. Jeff Conine also had two hits, including a run-scoring triple.

Injury update

Segui returned from a strained Achilles' tendon, serving as the designated hitter. Chris Singleton, who has the same injury, might play tomorrow.

The number

5 - Home runs for Mora in his past six games.

The quote

"I didn't expect to be back any time soon, but it's nice." -- pitcher Rick Bauer, who was recalled from the minor-league camp

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