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Gibbons breaks up Maroth's no-hitter in eighth

5/1/2003

DETROIT (AP) -- Baltimore swept a doubleheader against Detroit
with a pitcher who didn't throw a pitch and against one who didn't
allow a hit through seven innings.

"It really is unbelievable," Tigers manager Alan Trammell said
after losing to the Orioles 5-2 and 6-4 on Thursday. "We've all
said it, if you've been in this game, you've never seen it all. But
my gosh, what happened is tough to swallow."

In the second game, Jay Gibbons broke up Mike Maroth's no-hit
bid with a leadoff single in the eighth and the Orioles went on to
score six runs with two outs in the inning.

In the opener, Gibbons hit a go-ahead two-run single in the
eighth as Baltimore rallied to win 5-2.

"Very bizarre day," Gibbons said.

B.J. Ryan (3-0) earned the first win without throwing a pitch
after he picked off Omar Infante on first base when he relived Pat
Hentgen with two outs in the seventh.

"What a country,'' Baltimore manager Mike Hargrove said. "I've
seen a guy get beat in a no-hitter, but I've never seen that."

The Tigers dropped to 3-23 after losing their fourth straight
game.

Detroit has a chance to reverse the 35-5 start that Trammell and
the Tigers got off to in 1984 before going on to win the
franchise's fourth and most recent World Series title.

"I'm shell-shocked, but I will show up again," said Trammell,
a rookie manager. "For some reason, there's a black cloud right
now. It can be a cruel game."

Fewer than 1,000 fans appeared to be at Comerica Park during the
late-afternoon contest. By the time a heavy rain fell in the eighth
inning, there didn't seem to be more than 100 people at the
ballpark.

The Tigers said 16,177 tickets were sold, but several thousand
fans didn't show up despite the 73-degree temperature when the
first game started.

"What made the day worse was nobody was in the stands,"
Detroit's Dmitri Young said. "Nobody is behind us. These people
don't care about us. I'd rather be on the road."

The Orioles (15-12) are three games above .500 for the first
time since May 4, 2000. Baltimore has won four straight and 13 of
19 after starting 2-6.

"I'd say we're on a roll," Gibbons said.

In the second game, Tony Batista followed Gibbons' hit with a
single to put runners on first and second. Maroth (0-7) retired the
next two batters before things got really ugly for the team that
easily has the worst record in baseball.

Maroth threw a wild pitch to score Gibbons and cut Detroit's
lead to 3-1. Geronimo Gil followed with an RBI single and Jerry
Hairston's bunt single chased Maroth.

Matt Anderson then walked Melvin Mora to load the bases. Gary
Matthews followed with a hard grounder down the line that was
stopped by first baseman Carlos Pena. But the Orioles scored two
runs _ to take a 4-3 lead -- when Pena's toss to Anderson didn't get
Matthews out and Anderson's relay home was too late to prevent the
go-ahead run.

Jeff Conine and Gibbons added RBI singles to make it 6-3.

"I went from a feeling I've never had on the mound to being
dazed and stunned,'' Maroth said. "For everything to happen as
quick as it did is the toughest part."

Omar Daal (2-3) gave up three runs on eight hits and three walks
while striking out four over seven innings.

Jorge Julio pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save of the
day and eighth of the season.

Maroth retired the first 11 Orioles before hitting Matthews with
a pitch with two outs in the fifth. Young preserved the no-hit bid
at third base with a diving stop and throw for the first out in the
fifth, and a stop and a throw -- from his knees -- for the last out
in the sixth.

Maroth gave up four runs on four hits and no walks while
striking out five over 7 2/3 innings to lose his seventh straight
decision to open the season.

"If it ever happens again, I'll remember the feeling I had,"
Maroth said. "Hopefully, I can forget the feeling I had after the
inning."

Just five Tigers have thrown no-hitters and the last was Jack
Morris on April 7, 1984 on the road against the Chicago White Sox.

By one day, Maroth avoided being the first player in major
league history to lose seven games before May 1. Maroth and Texas'
Dave Stewart are the only pitchers to lose six games before May 1.
Stewart did it in 1984.

The Tigers looked like they could win the first game too, when
they led 2-1 after seven innings.

But Franklyn German (0-2) blew Detroit's lead by giving up three
runs -- two earned -- while getting just two outs in the eighth.

Nate Cornejo gave up only one run and five hits while walking
two over seven innings. Cornejo has given up just five earned runs
in his past four starts, but has only one win to show it.

Game notes
The Orioles swept a doubleheader for the first time since
1997. ... In the first game, Baltimore's Rodrigo Lopez gave up four
hits and a run and was taken out with strained muscle in his lower
back after pitching to a second batter in the second inning. Lopez
is day to day.

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