- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 1, 2004

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Newly promoted Chad Mottola hit his first major league home run since 1996 and Miguel Tejada and David Newhan also connected last night in the Baltimore Orioles’ 13-4 romp over Kansas City.

Every Orioles starter scored as Baltimore matched a season high for runs.

Javy Lopez was 4-for-4, scored three times and drove in a run. Melvin Mora, who had missed 10 games with a foot injury, was 2-for-4 and raised his average to .357, and Jerry Hairston had three hits.

After a long losing stretch, the Orioles have begun to play better, manager Lee Mazzilli said.

“I feel very good about the direction we’re going,” he said. “I think we’re seeing a change. I told them today I feel a lot of progress.”

Daniel Cabrera (5-3), who pitched a four-hit shutout against Atlanta in his previous start, gave up three hits and three runs in seven innings.

Cabrera held the Royals hitless until Ken Harvey singled leading off the fifth. Another single and a hit batsman then loaded the bases, and two runs scored when Cabrera walked David DeJesus and Tony Graffanino.

Mottola, called up from Class AAA Ottawa earlier in the day, hit a towering, three-run homer to make it 8-0 in the second against Brian Anderson (1-8). Mottola’s last homer came eight seasons ago for Cincinnati.

“It was off Fernando Valenzuela way back when, so that will give you an idea,” he said. “A couple of guys [asked] was it my first one. I said, ‘No, I’ve been around a little while.’”

Three of the eight runs against Anderson (1-8) were unearned because of two errors in the five-run first. The left-hander was making his first start since May22 when he was banished to the bullpen, where he’d been effective in 16 innings with a 2.81 ERA. But his ERA as a starter ballooned from 6.75 to 8.31 with his career-worst eighth straight loss.

Brian Roberts reached leading off the first on shortstop Angel Berroa’s throwing error, and Mora singled him home. Tejada then hit Anderson’s fastball 394 feet over the fence in left field.

With two out, Larry Bigbie hit a line drive into dead center that bounced out of DeJesus’ glove for a two-base, two-run error.

Newhan hit a two-run homer off reliever John Huisman in the fifth to make it 11-0. The Orioles added two in the eighth on RBI doubles by Lopez and Luis Matos off Nate Field.

Notes — Baltimore left-hander Eric Dubose will undergo arthroscopic surgery today to remove bone chips from his left elbow. He’s been on the disabled list since June 20. … Royals pitching coach John Cumberland was fired. Since 1998, Kansas City has had six pitching coaches. … The Royals lead the league with 50 unearned runs. …

DeJesus was credited with an outstanding diving catch of Newhan’s sinking liner in the seventh, but replays showed he trapped the ball. … Royals catcher Kelly Stinnett underwent successful ligament-replacement surgery and is out for the season. … The Orioles won for the third time in 13 road games.

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