- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 8, 2000

ORIOLES 4 - TIGERS 3

DETROIT The Baltimore Orioles bullpen came through last night as Mike Trombley got the team out of a potentially disastrous jam and Ryan Kohlmeier picked up the save.

Their efforts allowed Chris Richard's run in the ninth inning to stand as the difference in a 4-3 win over the Detroit Tigers before 27,392 at Comerica Park. Reliever Buddy Groom (4-3) picked up the win, and Kohlmeier notched his first major-league save. Doug Brocail (5-4) took the loss.

Rookie Richard led off the ninth with a double to left, went to second on Brook Fordyce's groundout to the right side of the infield, and scored on Ivanon Coffie's sacrifice fly. The Orioles (49-61) broke a two-game losing streak to open a four-game series with Detroit (51-59).

Detroit erased an early lead by Baltimore with single runs in the sixth and seventh to tie the game at 3-3. Dean Palmer started the sixth with a solo home run well into the left-field seats. But the Orioles minimized the damage by getting out of a bases-loaded, one-out situation later in the inning.

Orioles rookie starter John Parrish allowed a single to Wendell Magee, a double to Deivi Cruz and a walk to Hal Morris to load the bases. Trombley came on in relief, and got Damion Easley to ground to third, where Coffie threw home for the force. Trombley also induced Brad Ausmus to ground out to third to end the inning and prevent a big rally.

Parrish pitched well in only his third major-league start. The left-hander allowed three runs over 5 1/3 innings, but walked five. Detroit also started a rookie. Adam Bernero, in only his second big-league start, allowed just two runs over five innings, but also walked five.

The Tigers tied the game in the seventh on an RBI double by pinch-hitter Billy McMillen. The ball looped inside the foul line in right field to bring in Bobby Higginson.

Baltimore had taken a 2-1 lead in the fourth after Jeff Conine's lead-off triple, his second in two games. He scored on a one-out sacrifice fly by Fordyce, who wound up at second base after center fielder Juan Encarnacion dropped the fly ball.

The Orioles built the margin to 3-1 in the fifth on Brady Anderson's 15th home run of the season. The solo homer went just inside the right-field foul pole off a 2-2 pitch from Bernero. It was Anderson's second home run in three games.

Baltimore took a 1-0 lead in the third on an RBI single by Delino DeShields. Anderson reached with a one-out walk and advanced to third on Melvin Mora's double to left, before scoring on DeShields' line drive to center.

The Tigers evened the game in the bottom of the inning on Ausmus' RBI groundout, which scored Morris.

Parrish began the night by allowing a lead-off single to Easley, followed by a walk to Ausmus. However, the hurler from Lancaster, Pa., foiled any scoring hopes by the Tigers by getting a double-play off a double steal attempt. After stopping Easley well short of the bag at second, the pitcher ran at him in the shortstop area and tagged him. Meanwhile, Ausmus stood flatfooted some 20 feet in front of second base deciding whether to advance. After the tag, Parrish tossed to second base and DeShields tagged out Ausmus on the slide.

In the fifth inning, Parrish sailed a pitch to the screen with Juan Gonzalez batting. But he came right back and struck out the slugger on the next pitch to end the inning. Parrish pumped his fist as he walked off the mound.

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