- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 7, 2002

ARLINGTON, Texas Melvin Mora hit a tiebreaking, two-run triple in the ninth inning as the Baltimore Orioles ended the Texas Rangers' four-game winning streak with a 7-5 victory last night.
With the game tied 4-4, Geronimo Gil led off the ninth with a single against Colby Lewis (1-1). After Lewis hit Mike Bordick with a pitch, Mora drove in pinch-runner Jerry Hairston and Bordick with his drive to the wall in right-center. Brian Roberts added a sacrifice fly to extend Baltimore's lead to 7-4.
Winner Rick Bauer (4-4) pitched 1⅔ innings but struggled after walking the first two batters in the bottom of the ninth.
After getting an out he allowed a run-scoring single by Kevin Mench to make it 7-5. One out later, Yorkis Perez relieved and struck out pinch-hitter Herbert Perry with runners on first and second for his first save since June 9, 1995, for Florida.
Marty Cordova had three hits, including a pair of doubles, and Gil added two hits for the Orioles.
Michael Young had two hits and Carl Everett homered for the Rangers, who had won eight straight over Baltimore.
The Orioles took a 3-0 lead in the second against Dave Burba. Jay Gibbons was hit by a pitch, went to third on Cordova's double off the glove of center fielder Everett and scored on Chris Singleton's groundout. Gil doubled in the second run and later scored from third on Burba's wild pitch.
Baltimore made it 4-0 in the third when Gibbons drew a two-out walk and scored on Cordova's double.
Burba allowed four runs and four hits over four innings.
Orioles starter Sidney Ponson retired the first eight batters before Everett hit his sixth homer in the third. Everett hadn't homered since April 25.
In the fourth, Juan Gonzalez's RBI double and Ivan Rodriguez's run-scoring single cut the deficit to 4-3.
Texas tied it 4-4 in the sixth, loading the bases with one out against Ponson and getting a sacrifice fly from Ivan Rodriguez.
Ponson then left with a recurrence of a blister on the middle finger of his right hand. Reliever B.J. Ryan struck out Mike Lamb with runners on first and third to preserve the tie for the Orioles. Ponson gave up four runs and six hits over 5⅔ innings with five strikeouts and one walk.
The victory enabled the Orioles to tie the series after the Rangers won Friday night's late game 7-6 when pinch-hitter Frank Catalanotto singled home a run in the bottom of the ninth.
Alex Rodriguez, who had a two-run homer in the eighth inning, tied the game with an RBI groundout earlier in the ninth.
Notes
Gonzalez was ejected in the eighth after protesting a called third strike by umpire Jeff Nelson. Burba has won one of his last 10 starts, with four losses and five no-decisions in that span.
Ponson has a loss and seven no-decisions in his previous eight starts. His last victory was May 23. Everett's 438-foot blast into the upper deck in right field was the longest homer at the Ballpark in Arlington this season.



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