Series: Game 2 of 3

Baltimore leads 2-0 (as of 9/25)

Game 1: Friday, September 24
Game 2: Saturday, September 25
Game 3: Sunday, September 26

Tigers 0

(68-85, 33-45 away)

Orioles 3

(73-80, 33-39 home)

    4:35 PM ET, September 25, 2004

    Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland 

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    W: M. Riley (2-4)

    L: J. Bonderman (10-13)

    S: B. Ryan (2)

    Orioles win third in a row

    BALTIMORE (AP) -- Matt Riley has learned how to be patient on the mound and win ballgames for the Baltimore Orioles.

    Riley, in his third stint with the Orioles this season, allowed two hits over six shutout innings, leading Baltimore to a 3-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday.

    Matt Riley

    Injury and ineffectiveness have kept the rookie moving back and forth between Triple-A Ottawa and the Orioles after starting the season in Baltimore's starting rotation.

    "It takes time to pitch up here, you don't just come up here and start dominating," said Riley, who struck out four and walked three in his first win since April 16.

    "This is the top level right here, it takes time to get comfortable and make pitches up here," he said. "I feel like I'm starting to turn that page, taking steps forward instead of steps back like I have in the past."

    Riley (2-4) didn't allow a hit for the first 4 2/3 innings before Carlos Pena singled to start Detroit's best scoring threat. Riley walked both Marcus Thames and Ryan Raburn to load the bases, but struck out Omar Infante to end the inning.

    "From the beginning to the end, when you see progress like that, that's encouraging," manager Lee Mazzilli said. "He's got a good arm, our kids did what they needed to do."

    Most of that offense for the Orioles, who won their third straight, came in the first inning as Miguel Tejada had a run-scoring groundout and Rafael Palmeiro hit an RBI single.

    Riley also got plenty of help from his defense as Melvin Mora and Tejada each made solid plays in the first inning to help their rookie pitcher get settled into the game.

    "I'm just glad to be able to go out there and have these guys working behind me," Riley said. "My team was playing great defense and when that happens, I've got to let them put the ball in play."

    Jeremy Bonderman (10-13) allowed just five hits in seven innings, but was undone by the two-run first inning.

    David Newhan drew a one-out walk, Mora singled to center and Tejada followed with an RBI groundout to short. Palmeiro then singled to center to make it 2-0.

    From there, Bonderman allowed three hits and retired 10 of 11 hitters during one stretch.

    "For a month now, he's pitched big baseball," Detroit manager Alan Trammell said. "Games like that, that's what you're looking for. He gives you a chance."

    Bonderman, who lost 19 games last season, entered Saturday having won three of his last four starts.

    The Orioles padded their lead in the seventh when Jay Gibbons singled to center with Larry Bigbie breaking for second, putting runners at first and third and one out. Brian Roberts' perfectly placed bunt single scored Bigbie and gave Baltimore a 3-0 lead.

    Buddy Groom threw a scoreless seventh, Jason Grimsley pitched a perfect eighth, but Detroit gave new Baltimore closer B.J. Ryan a scare when it loaded the bases with one out.

    Ryan struck out Thames and pinch-hitter Chris Shelton to preserve the victory, handing Detroit its fourth shutout this season and its fourth straight loss.

    Game notes

    Tejada doubled in the eighth to extend his hitting streak to 12. ... Infante's strikeout with the bases loaded made him 1-for-10 in that situation, with five strikeouts. ... Roberts has reached safely in 27 of his last 35 games.

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