- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 14, 2002

BOSTON (AP) Rookie Rodrigo Lopez earned his 15th win and Geronimo Gil hit a two-run homer as the Baltimore Orioles won for just the second time in 20 games, beating the Boston Red Sox 8-3 last night.
Baltimore's Mike Bordick set an AL record with his 96th consecutive errorless game at shortstop, breaking a tie with former Orioles star Cal Ripken. Rey Ordonez of the New York Mets set the major league record of 101 games in 1999-2000.
Bordick handled three chances in the field, increasing his major league record to 485 in a row without an error.
The Orioles ended an eight-game losing streak and still have a shot at a .500 record but they must win their final 16 games.
The Red Sox (83-63) will almost certainly miss the playoffs even if they win their last 16 games.
Boston, which had its four-game winning streak snapped, started the day 9 games behind the New York Yankees in the AL East and 7 behind Oakland and Anaheim in the wild-card race.
Lopez (15-7) improved his bid for the AL rookie of the year award, allowing three runs and five hits in six innings. It was Lopez's first win in four starts, but he has nearly one-fourth of Baltimore's 65 wins and leads AL rookie pitchers in victories, ERA, strikeouts and innings pitched.
Lopez is 4-0 against Boston this season.
He would have had a tougher night, but Boston left the bases loaded twice in the third when Manny Ramirez popped to Bordick and in the sixth when Rey Sanchez flied out.
The Orioles went ahead 1-0 in the second against Casey Fossum (4-4) on a double by Tony Batista and a single by Jay Gibbons.
The Red Sox tied it in the third after a leadoff single by Sanchez. Johnny Damon beat out a grounder for a single. Then he beat a throw to second on a force attempt, loading the bases. Nomar Garciaparra followed with a walk.
Baltimore scored four runs in the fourth for a 5-1 lead. Jeff Conine singled, Batista walked, Jose Leon drove in both with a single and Gil followed with his 11th homer of the year.
Conine added an RBI double in the fifth that brought Dustin Hermanson in to pitch with the score 6-1. Boston made it 6-3 in the bottom half on a double by Trot Nixon, a run-scoring single by Sanchez and an RBI double by Garciaparra.
The Orioles added two runs in the sixth on Gibbons' single and doubles by Bordick and Jerry Hairston.
Notes
Four of Gil's 11 homers have come against the Red Sox. Cliff Floyd was hit by a pitch in the right arm in the sixth and stayed in the game to run. He was replaced in the field in the seventh by Benny Agbayani.


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