Mora supplies game-winner, perfect bunt

Orioles 8, Reds 7

March 14, 2003|By Roch Kubatko

The Orioles scored four unearned runs in the seventh inning to tie yesterday's game, and Melvin Mora singled with the bases loaded in the 10th off Kyle Edens to give them an 8-7 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Marty Cordova led off the decisive inning with his third hit, and Luis Matos singled. Pinch hitter Gary Matthews laid down a sacrifice bunt, and Brian Roberts was walked intentionally to bring up Mora, who got his fourth hit. Omar Daal allowed three runs and seven hits in four innings. Cordova hit his first spring homer in the second inning. Matos' single in the seventh tied the game. Adam Dunn crushed a home run off Darwin Cubillan leading off the fifth to give Cincinnati a 4-3 lead, and the Reds scored three runs off B.J. Ryan in the seventh. Jack Cust made his Orioles debut and went 0-for-2 with a walk.

Who's hot

Melvin Mora: Never mind the four hits, including the game-winner. He laid down a perfect bunt - perfect because he didn't try pushing it 400 feet.

Marty Cordova: Two RBIs give him three for the spring. And neither required being hit with the bases loaded.

Luis Matos: Almost a downer for sending an exhibition game into extra innings, but his single in the 10th aided the decisive rally. All is forgiven.

Who's not

Darwin Cubillan: Dunn's homer landed in the last row of bleachers - at Camden Yards.

Jeff Conine: Hit into a double play and popped up twice, leaving the bases loaded in the fifth. The water cooler immediately went into the witness protection program.

Beau Hale: An Orioles pitching prospect has season-ending surgery. In other news, fire is hot and the ocean is salty.

Injury report

David Segui was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture in his right thumb. He's expected to be in a cast for four weeks, and could miss another three weeks after it's removed.

Box score

CINCINNATI AB R H BI ORIOLES AB R H BI

Lopez ss 4 0 1 1 Hairston 2b 2 1 1 0

Bergolla 2b 2 0 0 0 Roberts 2b 1 0 0 0

LaRue c 2 1 1 0 Mora cf-ss 6 1 4 1

Miller ph-c 3 0 0 0 Surhoff dh 2 0 1 1

Dunn lf 3 1 1 1 Cust ph-dh 2 1 0 0

Darula lf 2 1 2 0 Conine 1b 3 0 0 0

Mateo cf 5 1 2 0 Leon 1b 2 0 1 0

Larson dh 4 1 3 3 Gibbons rf 3 1 1 0

Encrncn pr 1 0 0 0 Bigbie rf 2 1 1 1

Stenson 1b 4 0 1 1 Batista 3b 2 0 1 0

Pena rf 4 2 2 1 Reblet 3b 2 1 0 0

Grrero 3b 4 0 1 0 Cordova lf 4 1 3 2

Dawkins ss 5 0 2 0 Grbito pr 0 1 0 0

Cruz ss 3 0 0 0

Matos cf 2 0 2 1

Fordyce c 3 0 2 0

Lmsney c 1 0 0 0

Mtthws ph 0 0 0 0

Totals 43 7 16 7 Totals 40 8 17 6

Cincinnati 110 110 300 0 - 7

Orioles 110 100 400 1 - 8

One outs when winning run scored. E-Batista, Roberts, Bergolla 2. DP-Cincinatti 4, Orioles 1. LOB-Cincinatti 10, Orioles 11. 2B-Fordyce, Dawkins, Gibbons, Larson 2, Mora, Matos. HR-Cordova (1), Pena (2), Dunn (4). SB-Lopez (4), Guerrero (1), Leon (1), Matthews (1). CS-Stenson. S-Guerrero, Matthews. SF-Stenson.

Cincinnati IP H R ER BB SO

Reitsma 4 1/3 9 3 3 2 2

Basham 2 1/3 2 4 0 3 1

Moseley 2 1/3 3 0 0 0 2

Edens L, 0-1 1/3 3 1 1 1 0

Orioles IP H R ER BB SO

Daal 4 7 3 3 1 3

Cubillan 1 2 1 1 1 1

Ryan 2 4 3 3 0 2

Driskill 1 1 0 0 0 2

WRoberts W, 2-0 2 2 0 0 0 2

WP-Ryan. T-3:07. A-4,365.

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