- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 11, 2002

DETROIT (AP) Pinch-hitter Luis Lopez provided the spark that the Baltimore Orioles were looking for.
Lopez hit a leadoff single in Baltimore's three-run eighth inning and Tony Batista had a go-ahead RBI single as the Orioles rallied to beat the Detroit Tigers 3-2 last night.
"That was the first leadoff batter we got on base except for when Melvin [Mora] did it in the first inning," Baltimore manager Mike Hargrove said of Lopez's hit.
"I'm just looking for a good pitch to hit," Lopez said. "I was looking for a fastball, I got it and didn't miss it."
Chris Singleton and Gary Matthews Jr. also had run-scoring singles in the three-run eighth as the Orioles won their eighth in 11 games.
"Once again, we gave up late runs," Tigers manager Luis Pujols said.
Rodrigo Lopez (13-4) went seven innings and allowed two runs one earned and three hits. He struck out three and walked two.
Jorge Julio got one out for his 24th save in 29 chances.
Tigers starter Brian Powell went into the eighth with a 2-0 lead but gave up singles to Luis Lopez and Jerry Hairston to start the inning and was relieved by Julio Santana.
Santana (3-5) got Mora to fly out to left and Luis Lopez advance to third base.
"I thought that was the key to the inning," said Hargrove. "It opened things up."
Singleton, Matthews and Batista then each singled in a run.
Powell gave up two runs and five hits in seven-plus innings. He struck out five and walked one.
"I felt good. I didn't feel like I was getting tired," Powell said. "The first guy hit a ground ball in the hole and the second batter, got two strikes on him, but he did a good job of fighting the pitch off to the opposite field."
Rodrigo Lopez retired the first five batters of the game before the Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the second inning.
Carlos Pena singled with two outs and scored on Shane Halter's RBI triple. Brandon Inge followed with a walk but Chris Truby flied to left to end the inning.
The Tigers made it 2-0 in the fifth inning thanks to shoddy Orioles defense.
Baltimore committed two errors on the same play when Damian Jackson's grounder to third went between Tony Batista's legs. Truby, who was on first, scored when left fielder Matthews couldn't pick the ball up cleanly. Jackson wound up on second. Rodrigo Lopez got Bobby Higginson to ground out to end the inning.
"This is baseball and things happen," Rodrigo Lopez said. "My teammates don't want to make errors. I just looked at it like it was a double or something."
Baltimore had runners on first and third with two outs in the third but Powell struck out Matthews to end the inning.
"I think more than anything, he kept the ball down," Matthews said.
Powell got help from the Tigers defense in the sixth. Third basemen Truby lunged towards the line to catch Mora's liner at third, and first basmen Pena made a nice running pickup on Singleton's chopper wide of first base and made a backhanded flip to Powell covering first base.
Matthews then doubled into the right-field corner but Batista struck out to end the inning.
Baltimore's Chris Richard is 14-for-36 since returning from shoulder surgery, which he underwent in early April Detroit's Shane Halter has nine hits in his last 30 at-bats. Matthews is 34-for-his-last-92.

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