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Rookie Driskill suffers first big-league loss

6/28/2002

BALTIMORE (AP) -- For a change, Randy Wolf wasn't forced to make
do with little or no support. Instead, the struggling left-hander
was finally rewarded with a bunch of home runs.

Pat Burrell hit a three-run homer and Wolf got his first victory
in more than a month as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the
Baltimore Orioles 6-2 Friday night.

''(Wolf) pitches so good the last couple or three starts,''
Burrell said. "It's awesome for us to come out and score some runs
for him. We haven't supplied a whole lot of power as a team. It
certainly came today.''

Jimmy Rollins, Jeremy Giambi and Scott Rolen also homered off
Orioles starter Travis Driskill for the Phillies, who have won four
of five games. Philadelphia matched its season high with four home
runs.

Wolf (4-6) was 0-4 in six starts since beating Arizona on May
19, and the Phillies had scored only one run in each of those
losses. The left-hander allowed seven hits and two runs in 7 2-3
innings, walking one and striking out four.

"It's awesome. It's a great feeling. It's fun to pitch like
that,'' Wolf said.

Melvin Mora and Jose Leon homered for the Orioles, who have lost
two straight after winning four in a row.

"Both teams hit the ball hard tonight,'' Baltimore manager Mike
Hargrove said. "They just hit theirs higher and harder than we
did. We didn't elevate the ball at all tonight.''

Baltimore needs to win one of the remaining two games in the
interleague series to post its first winning month since going
14-10 in April 2000. The Orioles are 13-12 in June.

Driskill (5-1) failed in his bid to become the first Baltimore
rookie since Ben McDonald in 1989-90 to begin his career with wins
in six consecutive decisions. Driskill went six innings, giving up
six runs and seven hits. He walked three and struck out two.

"Bad things happened,'' admitted Driskill, who has allowed 11
homers in his seven starts. "I left the ball down the middle and
they showed why they're major leaguers.''

Mora led off the Baltimore first by sending Wolf's second pitch
into the left-field seats. Leon's first major league homer in the
second made it 2-0.

Burrell hit his three-run homer in the fourth to put the
Phillies ahead for good. Rollins reached on an infield single, and
Bobby Abreu walked before Burrell connected for his 19th of the
season.

With two outs in the fifth, Rollins lined a 1-0 pitch from
Driskill over the scoreboard in right field for a 4-2 lead. Giambi
and Rolen hit consecutive homers in the sixth, expanding the lead
to 6-2.

Game notes
The homer Wolf allowed to Mora increased his first-inning
ERA to 7.80 over 15 starts. From the second inning on, Wolf's ERA
is 3.63. ... Mora hit his second leadoff homer. The first came June
20 at Arizona off Randy Johnson. ... The crowd of 48,937 was the
Orioles' second consecutive sellout, their third of the season and
the third-largest regular-season crowd in Camden Yards' 11-year
history. ... For the first time in seven games, the Orioles didn't
play a one-run game.