- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 29, 2000


BOSTON Baltimore Orioles outfielder B.J. Surhoff came into last night's game trying to stretch his hitting streak to 21 games, which would match his career high. He got that hit, and then some.
Surhoff, whose name has been mentioned in numerous trade rumors, showed why so many contenders are interested in him by collecting five hits and scoring the winning run as the Orioles defeated the Boston Red Sox 8-7 in 11 innings before 33,834 at Fenway Park.
The Orioles won their second straight game by again rallying from a one-run ninth inning deficit against what is supposed to be the best bullpen in baseball and then getting timely hitting in extra innings.
Surhoff was the catalyst both times. He doubled with one out in the ninth off closer Derek Lowe and scored when a shot to shallow center by Will Clark got past Darren Lewis and rolled to the wall to make it 7-7.
In the 11th, Surhoff hit another double, advanced to third on a bunt and, after a catcher's interference negated Jeff Conine's popup, scored on a double off the Green Monster by Harold Baines.
Surhoff's five hits matched his career high and helped him raise his batting average 11 points to .285.
By winning their second straight over Boston, the worst road team in baseball won a series away from home for the first time since taking two out of three against Oakland from April 21-23.
Boston has lost four straight games and in their past 35 games, the Red Sox are 12-23. Manager Jimy Williams can't be accused of not trying enough to win but he made so many substitutions but not once, but twice, he had to have a pitcher hit, with the second time coming with one out in the 11th and Nomar Garciaparra at first.
Jose Mercedes and Buddy Groom got the win and save, respectively, by doing what a trio of Orioles relievers had been unable to do earlier in the game: get three outs.
With two different one run leads, Orioles' manager Mike Hargrove tried three different relievers Mike Timlin, Chuck McElroy and Mike Trombley and none was able to do the job.
After Charles Johnson's 17th homer of the season had put the Orioles ahead 6-5 in the eighth, Timlin and McElroy gave up singles to Ryan Burkhart and pinch-hitter Israel Alcantara, Trombley gave up singles to Scott Hatteberg and Jose Offerman to put the Sox ahead 7-6.
The inning was kept alive when Delino DeShields failed to make a clean pivot at second on a double play ball with one out. DeShields got the out at second but dropped the ball before he could throw to first.
While the Red Sox bullpen hurt them late in the game, it was sloppy defense that hurt them early as the Orioles took advantage of a passed ball in the second to take a 2-0 lead off Ramon Martinez.
With two outs, Ryan Minor, who was summoned from Class AAA Rochester to take Cal Ripken's roster spot, struck out but the pitch got past catcher Jason Varitek and Minor hustled to first. Harold Baines, Charles Johnson and Brady Anderson followed with singles to put the Orioles up 2-0.
In the fifth, the Orioles were down two when Mike Bordick began the inning by reaching on an error by third baseman Wilton Veras. Again the Orioles capitalized with singles by DeShields, Albert Belle and Surhoff and a sacrifice fly by Clark to go up 5-4.
While the Red Sox were hurting their cause with sloppy defense, the Orioles were undone early by bases on balls. Jason Johnson only allowed three hits in 6 2/3 innings but he walked six and they proved costly.
In the second, he walked Nomar Garciaparra who scored to make it 2-1, and in the third he walked Veras to start a three-run inning that put the Red Sox up 4-2. Veras walked again to start the second and eventually scored to tie the game at 5-5 when Timlin gave up a double to Varitek.

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