DENVER (AP) -- With the losses piling and the injuries coming
almost daily, the Baltimore Orioles seemed to be in a dire spot.
Then, Brian Roberts stepped in.
Roberts hit a grand slam with two outs in the ninth inning,
helping the Orioles end a seven-game losing streak with a 4-2
victory over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.
Colorado headed into the ninth ahead 2-0 behind seven strong
innings from Joe Kennedy, but Shawn Chacon (0-5) walked two with
one out and another with two outs before Roberts lifted his third
career grand slam over the wall in right.
"We needed anything to boost our spirits at this point,"
Roberts said. "We are struggling and needed something to lift us
up. This was exciting for me. It felt good to contribute."
Chacon seemed to have righted himself with three straight saves
after blowing three in a row, but took a step back with his effort
against the Orioles. He walked four in the ninth and was booed
after Roberts' homer before walking off to mock cheers after
blowing his sixth save in 19 chances.
"I had no command. I felt fine, I just threw a lot of balls and
got behind in the count," Chacon said. "I didn't get the job
done. I'm frustrated, but all I can do is go out there and do what
Baltimore had just six hits, but five Orioles pitchers held
Colorado to six hits to keep the Orioles from being swept in their
first trip to Coors Field. B.J. Ryan (2-2) struck out three in 1
2-3 innings to pick up the win.
It still wasn't easy.
Colorado had runners on second and third with one out after
Vinny Castilla walked and Matt Holliday doubled, but Jorge Julio
struck out Charles Johnson and Preston Wilson to pick up his 10th
save in 12 chances.
Baltimore manager Lee Mazzilli didn't even want to think about
what would've happened if the Orioles had lost.
"Let me alone. Let me enjoy this game. It's been a long week.
It's Fathers Day, don't bring it up," he said.
Todd Helton knocked in one run with a sacrifice fly in the
fourth inning and Holliday drove in another with a double in the
seventh for Colorado. The Rockies haven't hit a homer in five
straight home games for the first time in team history, but two
runs still should have been enough with the way Kennedy pitched.
He ended a four-game losing streak by allowing three runs in
five innings Tuesday against Boston and was even better this time.
Kennedy didn't allow a hit until Miguel Tejada's one-out double
off the wall in right in the fourth. He stranded Tejada there and
didn't allow a runner past second base, giving up four hits in
"Kennedy pitched a fantastic game," Rockies manager Clint
Daniel Cabrera wasn't bad, either. He allowed just three balls
out of the infield in the first five innings, giving up a run in
the fourth on Helton's sacrifice after leadoff hitter Aaron Miles
Cabrera allowed eight runs in the sixth and seventh innings
after pitching five shutout innings his last two starts, but
Mazzilli didn't give him a chance to get in trouble this time.
Cabrera was replaced by John Parrish with runners on first and
second and two outs in the sixth, leaving after allowing three hits
and one run. Parrish got Helton to ground out to first to end the
"I didn't want him facing Helton," Mazzilli said. "The guy
can take you deep any time. I had to go with the matchups you think
will get you out of an inning."
Baltimore ended its losing streak, but not its injury problems.
Left-hander Eric DuBose was put on the 15-day DL with a sore
elbow after right-hander Rick Bauer (elbow) and left fielder B.J.
Surhoff (calf) went on the DL the previous two days.
The Orioles also played without third baseman Melvin Mora for
the third straight game with a sore foot, and outfielder Jay
Gibbons was limited to pinch-hitting duties because of a sore hip
"It's a lift," Mazzilli said of ending the six-game road trip
with a victory. "We still have had a tough trip. We need the off
Burnitz was back in the lineup after missing two games with
a tight hamstring. He was 1-for-4. ... Baltimore 3B David Newhan
took a hit away from Johnson with a tough backhanded stop in the
third inning. ... Baltimore pinch-hitter Jose Leon's bat broke in
half and flew into the stands behind the Orioles' dugout in the
seventh, but no one was hurt.