- The Washington Times - Saturday, May 29, 2004

DETROIT (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles quickly put an awful series against the New York Yankees behind them.

Miguel Tejada and Luis Matos homered as Baltimore snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 7-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers last night. B.J. Surhoff went 3-for-5 with an RBI for the Orioles, who rebounded after being outscored 41-17 in three losses to the Yankees.

“Always good to get out of it [the losing streak],” Orioles catcher Javy Lopez said. “Always good to win.”

The Tigers had 10 hits, a night after tying a team record with 27 in a 17-7 win over the Kansas City Royals. Baltimore starter Eric Dubose (4-3) allowed three runs and six hits in five-plus innings. He walked five and struck out five.

Jorge Julio gave up Eric Munson’s RBI single in the ninth then loaded the bases with two outs. He induced Carlos Pena to ground out sharply to first for his eighth save.

“That’s what you don’t want to do,” Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli said of Julio “You don’t want to do that. But it was a win.”

Pena thought he had the winning hit.

“We don’t have control what happens after we hit the ball,” he said. “I thought I accomplished what I set out to do, which was hit the ball hard, and I did that.”

Jason Johnson (3-6) faced his former team for the first time since leaving as a free agent in the offseason, allowing six runs and eight hits in 42/3 innings.

“I don’t think he was as sharp as he has been. It happens,” Detroit manager Alan Trammell said.

The Orioles took a 1-0 lead in the third on Rafael Palmeiro’s sacrifice fly, which scored Melvin Mora. Mora singled, stole second and moved to third on Tejada’s groundout to third.

Baltimore went up 3-0 in the fourth on Matos’ fifth home run of the season. Larry Bigbie reached on an infield single before Matos drove a pitch from Johnson into the left-field stands.

Designated hitter Chris Shelton’s first major league home run brought Detroit to 3-2 in the fourth. He lined a pitch from Dubose an estimated 426 feet to left-center, scoring Craig Monroe, who led off with a double.

But Baltimore came right back with three in the fifth. Tejada hit a solo home run, Bigbie tripled in Palmeiro, who had walked, and Surhoff hit a run-scoring single.

Lopez singled in a run in the sixth to make it 7-2.

The Tigers loaded the bases against Dubose with no outs in the sixth. Buddy Groom relieved and got out of the jam, giving up just a sacrifice fly to Omar Infante.

Monroe drove in a run with a fielder’s choice in the seventh.

Notes — Detroit catcher Ivan Rodriguez was ejected in the third inning after being called out on strikes and arguing with home plate umpire Paul Schrieber. Rodriguez argued with Schrieber after the call but went back to the dugout after Detroit manager Alan Trammell came out to argue. He was thrown out when he continued shout from the dugout. Rodriguez then charged out of the dugout and had to be restrained by both Trammell and third-base coach Juan Samuel. Rodriguez threw his batting helmet out onto the infield before leaving the field. …

Mora stretched his hitting streak to 10 games by going 2-for-5 (19-for-41). … Pena reached base for the seventh consecutive time when he walked in the second inning. He was 6-for-6 on Thursday in the Tigers’ win in Kansas City. He was called out on strikes in his next at-bat, in the fourth. … Bigbie’s triple in the fifth was only Baltimore’s second of the season. … Detroit’s Carlos Guillen was 4-for-5, the third four-hit game of his career.

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