- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 23, 2002

SAN FRANCISCO The San Francisco Giants couldn't figure out why they lost to a bespectacled 30-year-old rookie with no spectacular pitches.
Confusion is a common feeling for teams facing Travis Driskill, whose improbable perfect season continued yesterday in the Baltimore Orioles' 4-2 victory.
Marty Cordova hit his third homer in less than 24 hours, and Mike Bordick hit a two-run triple as Baltimore won the second game of the teams' first meeting since 1959 spring training.
The Orioles, who scored all of their runs with two outs, got another good start from Driskill (5-0) in his charmed first season in the majors. All five of Driskill's victories have come on the road, and Baltimore is 6-0 in his six starts.
"He didn't have anything spectacular," Giants shortstop Rich Aurilia said. "We just couldn't put anything together. I don't know why he was so effective."
Driskill might not be the most awe-inspiring pitcher around, but he survived a difficult afternoon against the Giants' potent lineup. He allowed two runs and six hits in five innings before Baltimore's bullpen hung on against Barry Bonds and his teammates.
"It was one of the most taxing efforts that I can remember in a long time," said Driskill, who spent his first nine pro seasons in the minors. "It seemed like there were always guys on base. The quality of hitters they're throwing up there makes it real tough, and then I put myself in some bad situations, too."
In his last eight outings, Driskill is 4-0 with a 3.05 ERA.
Buddy Groom pitched two strong innings of relief, striking out Bonds with a runner on base in the seventh, and Jorge Julio pitched the ninth for his 14th save in 18 chances.
"We wanted to back up Travis well today, because he's been pitching great for us," Groom said. "He's been aggressive, and he's keeping the ball out of the middle of the plate. He really battles."
Pedro Feliz hit a two-run homer and matched his career high with three hits for the Giants, who had their three-game winning streak snapped. San Francisco put a runner on base in each of the first seven innings, but stranded eight of them.
"There were a couple of key moments in that game, and we came up short on all of them," Giants manager Dusty Baker said. "They jumped on us early, and we couldn't figure out how to get to Cordova and Bordick the way we needed to."
Cordova's solo homer in the second followed two solo homers in Baltimore's 4-3 loss Friday night. His ninth homer of the season was the Orioles' first hit off Ryan Jensen (6-6), who allowed six hits and four runs in five innings to lose for the first time in four starts.
"I didn't do what I was supposed to do," Jensen said. "I hung a slider to Bordick, and then [Cordova] hung a slider on me."
Brian Roberts hit a run-scoring single in the third, and Bordick put the Orioles up 4-0 when Marvin Benard misplayed his drive to the gap, allowing Jay Gibbons and Cordova to score.
Both teams are 7-7 in interleague play this season.
Notes Bonds, who hasn't homered since June 12, went 0-for-3 with a walk. Cordova is hitting .318 (14-for-44) in his last 13 games. Melvin Mora doubled in the third, extending his hitting streak to nine games. Pacific Bell Park observed a moment of silence before the game for Cardinals pitcher Darryl Kile, who was found dead in his hotel room. A sellout crowd of 41,269 attended the game despite the lack of history between the teams.

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