PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- First, Miguel Tejada tied the game with a homer. Then, he saved it with a stellar defensive play. Finally, he won it with a clutch hit.
Tejada's RBI single in the 16th inning lifted the Baltimore
Orioles over the Philadelphia Phillies 7-6 Friday night.
"He's a great player, a clutch player, an MVP," teammate
Rafael Palmeiro said.
Tejada's solo homer off Tim Worrell in the seventh tied the game
at 6, and both bullpens then pitched seven scoreless innings.
Tejada preserved the tie with a strong throw to retire Placido
Polanco on a grounder deep in the shortstop hole, leaving the bases
loaded in the 14th inning. The Orioles went on to win their third
straight and move out of last place in the AL East.
Eddy Rodriguez (1-0) pitched three scoreless innings for his
first major league win. Daniel Cabrera, normally a starter,
finished for his first career save. He retired Polanco on a foul
pop with two on, ending a game that lasted 6 hours, 15 minutes.
"I can't say enough about Rodriguez," Orioles manager Lee
Mazzilli said. "He didn't have anything left at the end."
The Phillies had just one hit after the third inning before
pitcher Brian Powell singled with two outs in the 14th.
David Newhan singled off Powell (1-2) to start the 16th. After
Tim Raines Jr. sacrificed, Tejada singled to center, scoring
The teams used 43 players, including 17 pitchers.
"We came back and tied the game, then nobody did anything until
the 16th inning," Phillies manager Larry Bowa said.
Pat Burrell's two-out, two-run double off John Parrish tied it
at 5 in the second. Parrish came in with runners at first and
third, struck out Abreu and retired Jim Thome on a popup before
Burrell lined a shot into the left-field corner.
Baltimore scored five runs off struggling right-hander Brett
Myers in the first inning. Palmeiro gave the Orioles a 2-0 lead
with a two-run single. Larry Bigbie's two-run single one batter
later made it 4-0, and Luis Matos drove in a run with a groundout.
Myers gave up five runs and six hits in three innings. A 14-game
winner last season, he has one win in his last five starts. His ERA
has risen from 4.14 to 5.28 in his last three outings.
Riley allowed five runs and five hits in one inning, raising his
ERA to 8.64.
"They gave me a big lead and I squandered it," Riley said.
Tejada's homer gave him a 17-game hitting streak. ...
Newhan has a hit in all 14 games he's played since signing with
Baltimore last month. ... Bigbie left after hurting his foot on a
single in the third inning. Mora left after injuring his hamstring
running out a grounder in the ninth. Neither injury appeared
serious. ... Phillies CF Jason Michaels' hitting streak ended at
nine games. ... Palmeiro got his 1,733rd RBI, passing Honus Wagner
for 16th on the career list. ... A crowd of 44,390 turned out for
the second straight fireworks night. It was the 19th sellout in 39
games at Citizens Bank Park. ... Thome went 0-for-8 with five
strikeouts. ... The Phillies tied a club record by striking out 19
times. They also walked 18 times.