- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 29, 2003

BALTIMORE — Brian Roberts hit his second grand slam in seven days and Melvin Mora went 3-for-3 with two walks as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Anaheim Angels 6-2 last night at Camden Yards.

Roberts, summoned from the minors last week to replace injured second baseman Jerry Hairston, put Baltimore up 4-0 in the second. He has hit safely in all seven games since his recall and driven in 10 runs.

Mora, 23-for-42 during a career-high 10-game hitting streak, raised his batting average to .359. Deivi Cruz homered to help the Orioles complete a two-game sweep of the defending World Series champions.

Baltimore has won four straight and six of seven, going 4-0 against Anaheim during that span.

Jason Johnson (5-2) gave up two runs on eight hits in six inning to lower his ERA to 3.30. The right-hander, who was 0-2 in four starts since April 29, has already matched his win total of last year, when he went 5-14.

An error by Anaheim shortstop David Eckstein preceded Roberts’ slam and led to four unearned runs against Ramon Ortiz (4-5).

After Jay Gibbons hit a leadoff single, Eckstein lost the handle on a grounder while attempting to start a double play. A two-out walk to Geronimo Gil loaded the bases for Roberts, who hit a 2-0 pitch over the 25-foot wall in right.

Last week, Roberts hit a slam off Angels closer Troy Percival.

Cruz led off the fourth with his fifth homer for a 5-0 lead, but the Angels scored twice in the fifth on an RBI single by Jeff DaVanon and a double-play grounder by Eckstein.

Mora walked and scored on a single by David Segui in the sixth.

Baltimore reached double figures in hits (13) in a ninth straight game. Every starter except Gil got at least one hit.

Notes — The Orioles activated outfielder B.J. Surhoff from the 15-day disabled list yesterday although there’s currently no place for him in the starting lineup. Surhoff was hitting .277 with one homer and 15 RBI when he strained his right hamstring May 3. Now that he’s back, he can’t crack a lineup that scored 35 runs in three straight wins through Tuesday.

“B.J. won’t play much right away,” manager Mike Hargrove said. “As long as we’re doing what we’re doing, I’m not going to mess with that. I think B.J. understands that. We’ll try to ease him back in.”

The Orioles optioned outfielder Jack Cust to Class AAA Ottawa on Tuesday night in anticipation of adding Surhoff to the 25-man roster. …

The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation has recruited former college softball star Jennie Finch to help teach the sport to disadvantaged kids around the country. Finch, who won 60 straight games and a national championship at Arizona, will conduct five softball camps around the country for youths. The first will be held in Aberdeen. Md., on June 26-27.

There also will be a session in Baltimore in October. Other camps are tentatively scheduled for Boston in September, and in Houston and Arizona in 2004.

The Ripken Foundation seeks to use baseball as a tool for helping young people. The addition of Finch broadens the scope of the organization.

“Now we can get twice as much influence at the grassroots level,” Cal Ripken Jr. said at a Camden Yards news conference. “We can run the whole gambit.”

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