- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 22, 2001


BALTIMORE Just when it looked like three surprise days off had done nothing to awaken their slumbering bats, the Baltimore Orioles sprang to life last night and ignited a sellout crowd at Camden Yards that had waited since Wednesday to see a ballgame.
And then, in a matter of minutes, all that newfound life was sucked out of the place.
Playing their first game since a train derailment near the ballpark turned the area into a potential hazard zone, the Orioles looked helpless for eight innings against the Anaheim Angels, then erupted for three runs with two out in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra innings, only to lose it 6-5 in the 10th.
"I expected us to show up focused on what we were doing, and we did that," Orioles manager Mike Hargrove said. "Against a closer that is arguably the best in the American League [Troy Percival], we scored three runs. We battled, and if we continue to do that, then we're going to be OK."
With two outs in the 10th, Anaheim's Scott Spiezio lofted a fly ball off the right-field wall against Alan Mills (0-1) and turned it into a triple when Chris Richard misplayed the carom. Bengie Molina followed with a hard grounder to third base that took a bad hop off Cal Ripken's chest and allowed Spiezio to score the winning run.
That extended the Orioles' losing streak to five games and quashed what nearly became their first victory in 51 tries when they have trailed after eight innings.
"We have the ability to win games, but when you get a group of guys that is inexperienced, they have doubts because they haven't been through as much," Mills said. "We have as much talent as anybody."
With two outs and a runner on first in the ninth against Percival, Baltimore rallied for three runs. Jerry Hairston was hit by a pitch, and Brian Roberts singled to right field, scoring Brady Anderson to make it 5-3.
After Roberts stole second base without drawing a throw, Melvin Mora drilled a 1-2 pitch up the middle that brought two more runs home and the sellout crowd of 47,234 to its feet. Mora nearly came home with the winning run after stealing second and third. But Percival, who was not credited with the win, struck out Chris Richard on a 98 mph fastball.
Shigetoshi Hasegawa (3-4) pitched a perfect 10th inning to get the victory, getting Ripken to fly out to center field to end the game.
Baltimore starter Josh Towers had plenty of time to think about this start. He knew he would pitch the Orioles' next game; he just didn't know when.
The rookie was supposed to pitch Wednesday night before the train derailment. Then pitch Thursday afternoon, Thursday night and Friday night.
Eight days removed from his last appearance, Towers wasn't at his best or his worst either. He pitched his way out of several jams, getting a double play in the first, two strikeouts and a groundout with two on in the fourth and a strikeout with runners on the corners in the sixth.
But he made two costly pitches to Troy Glaus, both of which resulted in two-run homers.
With two outs and no one on in the third, David Eckstein singled up the middle for the Angels. Two pitches later, Glaus ripped a two-run homer to left field, his 23rd of the season and 100th of his career. No Angel player in franchise history has reached 100 homers in less time.
Eckstein again singled up the middle in the fifth (his fourth hit of the game), bringing Glaus to the plate. The All-Star third baseman, who replaced Ripken last week in Seattle, followed with another blast. His 405-foot homer to center field put Anaheim up 4-1.
Other than the two Glaus bombs, Towers pitched an effective game, departing after 7? innings having given up four runs on 10 hits while striking out six.
Unfortunately, his teammates were busy being handcuffed by Ramon Ortiz, who held the Orioles to two runs and five hits in 7? solid innings. Only Ripken's RBI single in the fourth and Mora's run-scoring double off the right-field wall in the fifth kept Baltimore from being shutout by the right-hander.

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