BALTIMORE (AP) -- The MVP trophy he won with the Oakland
Athletics in 2002 is proof enough that Miguel Tejada can carry a
team all by himself.
Tejada showed Wednesday night that he can do that with the
Baltimore Orioles, too, even though he would prefer to merely be
one of several contributors.
Melvin Mora scored a career-high four runs for the Orioles, who
won for only the sixth time in 18 games.
"As soon as I get on base, I know I'm going to score because I
have the big guy behind me," said Mora, who hits ahead of Tejada
in the lineup.
Baltimore batted around in a five-run seventh to take a 7-2
lead. Stephen Randolph (1-1), who came in with a 1.98 ERA, walked
Brian Roberts and Mora before Tejada hit a 3-1 fastball over the
"That's a hitter's count," Tejada said. "I got an outside
pitch, and I hit it out of the park."
The opposite-field homer was his ninth of the season, the first
with more than one runner on.
"The big thing in the inning was Brian Roberts and Melvin Mora
getting on base," Tejada said. "I knew if I didn't do it, then
Rafael Palmeiro or Javy (Lopez) would. Late in the game, if we get
the first two guys on base, we can beat anybody."
After Tejada's homer, Arizona third baseman Tim Olson misplayed
a two-out grounder for an error, and Matos greeted Brandon
Villafuerte with a home run to center.
"It was a good inning. We got a couple of walks there, and
Tejada had the big hit to break it open," Orioles manager Lee
It was a scenario that Arizona manager Bob Brenly has seen
countless times thus far during a disappointing season.
"It's just a recurring theme, and it's hurt us in so many games
this year. I can't even count them," Brenly said. "Stephen
Randolph comes in and walks the first two guys in the order to get
to the three, four, five hitters. That's just a recipe for
Baltimore added a run in the eighth when Mora doubled and scored
on a grounder by Lopez.
Eight Orioles reached by either a single or a walk, which is
just the way Tejada likes it. He leads the team with 47 RBI and is
batting .312, but he has yet to dominate.
"Here it's not only one guy," Tejada said. "That's why
everything has been kind of quiet for me. I want to keep it that
way; I don't want to carry the team."
Arizona's Brandon Webb, seeking his second win in eight starts
since April 27, allowed one earned run and four hits in five
innings and left with the score tied at 2.
The Orioles took advantage of a wild streak by Webb to take a
1-0 lead in the first. After giving up a single and two walks, the
right-hander permitted a run to score on his second wild pitch of
Arizona tied it in the third. Luis Gonzalez hit his second
double of the game and scored when DuBose uncorked a wild throw to
first after fielding Shea Hillenbrand's two-out tapper down the
Mora's hustle produced an unearned run for Baltimore in the
fifth. After being hit by a pitch, Mora raced to third on a single
to left by Tejada and scooted home when Webb threw wildly to first
in an effort to keep Tejada close to the bag.
Gonzalez hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth to make it 2-all,
setting the stage for Tejada's heroics.
"It's nothing really to say," said Randolph, who absorbed his
second major league loss. "I just lost a little bit of command out
there, a little focus, and it came back to haunt me."
Arizona DH Carlos Baerga left in the fourth inning with a
strained left calf. ... Mora leads the AL with 54 runs scored. ...
The Diamondbacks have gone a season-high five straight games
without a home run. ... Gonzalez has hit in nine straight games,
and has eight multihit games during that span.