- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 14, 2009

— The Baltimore Orioles had been waiting a long time.

For the past two weeks, the Orioles’ offense had been dormant. Losers of 10 of their previous 12, Baltimore broke out with a six-run rally in a messy seventh inning that led to an 8-4 win against the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night.

The Orioles scored their most runs in the past 16 games.

“We needed a big inning at some point. We needed a big game,” second baseman Brian Roberts said. “It didn’t necessarily have to come in one inning.”

Roberts tied a season-high with four hits. Adam Jones, Melvin Mora, Aubrey Huff and Nick Markakis had been slumping, and they all contributed.

“It’s tough when you get four or five guys at the same time,” Roberts said. “This will get us going for a month or two.” I’m not going to say that every ball we’ve hit for the past three weeks has been hard hit - right at somebody - but we’ve had good at-bats. I truly believe we’ve swung the bats better than we’ve looked like.”

A wild pitch, an error and two walks helped the Orioles’ comeback. Baltimore trailed 4-2 entering the seventh, but Eric O’Flaherty (1-1) allowed the four batters he faced to get on base.

Markakis drew a leadoff walk, and singles by Huff and Mora produced a run. It was Mora’s first RBI in 25 games, breaking the longest dry spell of his career.

Luke Scott hit a tying single, but Mora was thrown out at third on the play. Peter Moylan relieved, gave up a single to Nolan Reimold and walked Matt Wieters. The fourth ball to Wieters was a wild pitch that scored Scott to give Baltimore a 5-4 lead.

Robert Andino reached on an error by Moylan to load the bases, and Roberts hit a two-run double. Jones capped the burst with a sacrifice fly.

Orioles manager Dave Trembley said he told hitting coach Terry Crowley before the inning that he thought the team would score five runs in the seventh.

“This is a start,” Trembley said. “We were a lot more patient.”

Jones gave the Orioles a 2-0 lead with his 13th home run of the year in the first inning. Brian Bass (4-1) was the winner. He allowed two hits in three innings in relief of starter Rich Hill, who gave up four runs in the fourth.

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