DETROIT (AP) -- With Detroit closer Ugueth Urbina on the mound,
Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli thought his team's chances were grim.
But six of the seven Baltimore batters to face Urbina reached
base in the ninth inning and the Orioles rallied for a 7-3 win over
the Tigers on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.
"Scoring six runs in the ninth off Urbina isn't an easy task,"
Mazzilli said. "That's a real good win."
It was Urbina's first blown save in 13 chances since Aug. 31 for
the Florida Marlins, and the first runs he allowed all season at
"He's been awfully good for us," Tigers manager Alan Trammell
said. "I'm not sure what happened, but sometimes there's just no
explanation for it. He got ahead 0-2 on the first two batters, and
they both got singles, and it went from there."
Urbina walked pinch-hitter Rafael Palmeiro to load the bases,
then struck out Robert Machado for the first out. Brian Roberts
tried to lay down a suicide squeeze bunt, but fouled it off, then
walked on a 3-1 count to put Baltimore ahead.
Jerry Hairston followed with his fourth hit of the game, a
two-run single off the left-field fence. Jamie Walker replaced
Urbina and got the second out before Larry Bigbie, who entered as a
pinch-runner for Lopez, hit a two-run single to finish the scoring.
"We don't think we are out of a game when we are down 8-2, so
definitely not when we are down 2-1," Roberts said. "We just had
a lot of good at-bats in that inning."
Buddy Groom (2-0) got one out for the win as the Orioles became
the first team to sweep the Tigers in Detroit this season.
"This is a good stretch," Lopez said. "We especially needed
this after losing seven in a row and right before facing Boston and
Ivan Rodriguez had a pair of run-scoring singles for the Tigers,
who lost for the sixth time in seven games.
"I'm not worried," Bobby Higginson said. "This doesn't feel
like a rut -- that's just a very good team over there."
"You feel good about pitching well, but it would have felt a
lot better if we had won," Maroth said. "But things like that
will happen -- Ugie has been great for us, and he was just a little
Detroit went ahead in the third when Greg Norton led off with a
double and scored on Rodriguez's two-out single. The Tigers loaded
the bases later in the inning, but Craig Monroe popped out to
In the fifth, Higginson led off with a triple to the scoreboard
in right-center and scored on Rodriguez's bloop single to center.
Baltimore scored in the sixth. Roberts singled with one out,
took third on Hairston's single and scored when Rodriguez threw
away a pickoff attempt.
The Tigers made it 7-3 in the ninth off Jorge Julio on Rondell
White's two-out single.
Chris Shelton's bat shattered in the fourth, and the barrel
of the broken bat sailed 15 rows into the stands behind the Tigers
dugout. ... Baltimore C Machado and 1B Jose Leon collided going
after a sixth-inning foul pop, but neither was injured. ... The
WNBA champion Detroit Shock were honored before the game, with
guard Deanna Nolan throwing out the first pitch. ... Hairston's
four hits matched a career high. ... SS Carlos Guillen did not
start for Detroit for just the second time this season, but entered
the game as a pinch-hitter in the eighth. ... The top of the ninth
took 31 minutes to play.