- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 20, 2001


BALTIMORE Oh, by the way, there was a baseball game last night at Camden Yards.
While the game took a back seat to Cal Ripken's announcement that he will retire at the end of the season, David Segui and rookie pitcher Josh Towers showed why there will be reasons to come to the ballpark once baseball's Iron Man is gone.
Segui belted two homers and Towers pitched seven solid innings as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-1 before 31,001.
The Orioles won this one for Cal. All of the Orioles' runs came on solo home runs. In addition to Segui's two blasts, shortstop Melvin Mora, designated hitter Jay Gibbons and right fielder Brady Anderson homered.
It was the fourth time in his career Segui had a multihomer game. With the win, the Orioles moved 1 1/2 games ahead of the Blue Jays for third in the AL East. With the New York Yankees' loss at the Detroit Tigers, the Orioles (33-36) trail the Yankees by six games for second place.
Ripken went 0-for-3, never getting the ball out of the infield.
For the most part, Towers (5-1) cruised through the lineup of the Blue Jays (32-38). Towers, who has yet to lose as a starter, retired the Blue Jays in order in the second, third and fifth innings.
Towers allowed seven hits, walked one and struck out one. The Blue Jays hit Towers hard, but he was able to keep them in the park. He has pitched seven innings in each start, and until last night all four of the runs he had allowed had come on solo home runs. Towers has pitched 37 innings and allowed just five earned runs, improving to 4-0 as an Orioles starter.
"I don't want to say anything that may jinx myself or the team," Towers said. "Things are going good right now when I'm on the mound. Today, I've got to thank the offense and defense because without them who knows what would have happened."
The Blue Jays scored their lone run of the game in the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly to right field by shortstop Alex Gonzalez. Blue Jays second baseman Homer Bush led off the inning with a single to left. Shannon Stewart advanced Bush to third with a double off the center-field wall.
Gonzalez's lazy fly to right scored Bush when Orioles catcher Brook Fordyce missed the tag on Bush at the plate. Anderson's throw was a little high, and Bush was able to bend his body to avoid the tag to make it 4-1.
Towers also was the recipient of two outstanding defensive plays by Anderson. Before Bush scored, Anderson threw out Raul Mondesi at the plate in the fourth inning with a one-hopper to Fordyce. In the seventh inning, Anderson made a leaping catch against the wall on a line drive by Toronto catcher Darrin Fletcher that ended the inning with a runner on third.
Segui started the Orioles' home run barrage in the first inning with his sixth home run of the season. Segui jumped on a 2-0 pitch from Blue Jays starter Joey Hamilton and drove the offering 370 feet into the right-center field seats to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead.
Mora led off the third inning with his third home run of the season when Hamilton hung a 75-mph curveball. Mora's homer just cleared the outstretched glove of Blue Jays center fielder Jose Cruz Jr. to make it 2-0.
Segui made it made 3-0 in the fourth when he led off the inning with his seventh home run of the season.
Gibbons, who was acquired from the Blue Jays last December, hit his fifth home run of the season in the fifth inning to make it 4-0. Anderson led off the eighth inning with his sixth homer of the season against Blue Jays reliever Lance Painter.
"Somebody asked me what the difference was, and I said we just changed brands of spinach," Orioles manager Mike Hargrove said. "That's the only explanation I can come up with. We've got some strong guys in our lineup; we're just not home run hitters."
Notes Orioles center fielder Chris Richard left last night's game in the eighth inning with a bruised right knee. Richard injured himself in the fourth inning when he crashed into the center-field wall chasing down a fly from Raul Mondesi. Richard is scheduled to have an MRI today and is listed as day-to-day.
"I got worse and worse as the night went on," Richard said. "I didn't feel anything pop, but right after I hit the wall, there was just a rush of heat and numbness in my knee." …
Frederick reliever Travis Fleming was added to the Carolina League All-Star team in place of right-hander Steve Bechler, who was transferred to Class AAA Rochester earlier in the week. Fleming is 0-2 with 11 saves and a 1.88 ERA for the Keys.

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