A's floor Orioles, 11-0

Hairston, Roberts limp off with injuries

O's bullpen slammed

Lopez loses shutout in 5th

August 18, 2004|By Roch Kubatko | Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF

The Orioles would have settled last night for absorbing the blows that come with a lopsided defeat. Such hurt fades in a relatively short amount of time.

ItM-Fs also much easier to count one loss, but the Orioles had more to worry about than one game.

Jermaine Dye homered in the fifth to break a scoreless tie, Scott Hatteberg added a grand slam, and the Oakland Athletics registered an 11-0 victory at Camden Yards that stung the Orioles all the way to their roster.

The Athletics had four homers, including a two-run shot by Adam Melhuse in the eighth that resulted in an injury to center fielder Jerry Hairston, who limped off the field after landing hard on the warning track. X-rays were taken on his left ankle.

Second baseman Brian Roberts came out in the seventh after fouling a ball off his right foot the previous inning M-y the second time this year they were both hurt in the same game.

M-tIM-Fm concerned about the health of this team,M-v Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli said. M-tWeM-Fll see tomorrow. I think Brian will be OK. I just hope JerryM-Fs [injury is] not that severe. It doesnM-Ft look real good right now.M-v

All the momentum that was built on the most recent road trip has been stamped out by OaklandM-Fs rotation, which has allowed one run in 17 innings. Hudson, winless for two months, blanked the Orioles on five hits and walked none.

Dye hit a 3-2 changeup from Rodrigo Lopez into the left-field seats, and the Athletics battered the OriolesM-F bullpen in the sixth. John Parrish was charged with two runs, retiring only one batter, and Todd Williams issued a bases-loaded walk to Dye before Hatteberg unloaded.

Williams also gave up a tworun shot to Eric Byrnes in the seventh inning, as the Orioles (57-61) lost for the fourth time in 15 games and halted any discussions about the wild card. Melhuse connected off Eddy Rodriguez, who then brought a warning to both dugouts after hitting Bobby Crosby.

M-tI met with the guys afterward and said you have to be positive,M-v Mazzilli said. M-tWeM-Fve played good baseball. A game like this happens.M-v

Hudson hadnM-Ft won since June 11, his season interrupted by a trip to the disabled list with a strained rib cage muscle. Last nightM-Fs start was his third since being activated on Aug. 7.

It certainly was his finest.

Hudson retired 13 of 14 batters after Miguel Tejada led off the second with a single. Nobody reached second base.

A prime Cy Young Award candidate before the season began, Hudson avoided losing more than two starts in a row for only the second time in his career. It happened in May 2002. It wasnM-Ft about to happen again last night.

Lopez (10-8) was up to 73 pitches after the fourth, and the game started to unravel the next inning. It was unrecognizable by the sixth, when the Athletics sent 10 batters to the plate and scored six runs.

Singles by Melhuse and Marco Scutaro completed LopezM-Fs night, but not his line. A two-out single by Byrnes off Parrish gave Oakland a 2-0 lead, and DyeM-Fs walk produced the third run charged to Lopez.

Hatteberg drove a sinker from Williams into the first row of seats in right, just beyond Jay GibbonsM-F outstretched glove.

In his first 14 starts, Lopez registered a 2.14 ERA over the first three innings, but it jumped to 6.46 in the fourth through the seventh. He took a shutout into the fifth last night but retired only four more batters.

Rejuvenated since his second escape from the bullpen, Lopez had won four of his past five outings.

Lopez hadnM-Ft seen the Athletics this season, but they no doubt remembered him. He defeated Hudson last September, 9-0, for his first career completegame shutout.

Funny how little that meant last night.

By the end of this series, Mazzilli might argue for the cycle.

Another controversy erupted in the first inning, and once again, Rafael Palmeiro was in the center of the storm. And once again, his argument fell upon deaf ears.

Palmeiro fielded a ground ball up the line and stepped on first, appearing to retire Erubiel Durazo by a full step. But umpire Mike Everitt ruled Durazo safe, and the AM-Fs had runners on the corners with one out.

Melhuse walked to load the bases, but Crosby struck out and Scutaro lined to left M-y both with the count full and a game threatening to be decided early.

Mazzilli bolted from the dugout to argue the call, which also brought heated protests from Palmeiro and Lopez. The dispute never reached plate umpire Mark Wegner, who might have overruled Everitt. Palmeiro motioned to him at one point, but Wegner could get involved only if Everitt asked for an appeal.

The Orioles were furious Monday when Larry Young, working third base, ruled on appeal that Palmeiro struck out in the ninth inning after plate umpire Angel Hernandez motioned that heM-Fd been hit by a pitch. Palmeiro already had reached the bag before being called out, and Oakland escaped with a 3-1 victory.

Already, Mazzilli has vented against everyone in authority except the security guards, but heM-Fs still avoided his first ejection.

Orioles tonight

Opponent: Oakland Athletics

Site: Camden Yards

Time: 7:05

TV/Radio: Comcast

SportsNet/WBAL (1090 AM)

Starters: AM-Fs Mark Mulder (15-4, 3.71) vs. OriolesM-F Sidney Ponson (8-12, 5.47)

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