BALTIMORE (AP) -- Gary Matthews Jr. seemed stunned by his success
at the plate, while a complete game finally carried some
significance for Jason Johnson.
"It's something that happens maybe once in a career, I
guess,''' Matthews said. "I haven't even had a four-hit night in
the big leagues. I've gotten three hits in my first three at-bats
before, but somewhere along the line that four-hit night ends up
slipping away from you.''
Johnson (3-5) allowed one run and scattered six hits in his
first complete game of the season, and third of his career. He
struck out five and walked one.
"It's pretty cool to get (a complete game) and win one,''
Johnson said. "I had two last year and lost them both.''
The victory snapped a two-game losing streak and gave the
Orioles a 14-12 record in June with one game remaining. Baltimore
had not finished above .500 in a month since going 14-10 to begin
the 2000 season.
"The balls we hit fell in,'' Orioles manager Mike Hargrove
said. "We had a lot of balls that we hit well that fell in. We had
a lot of balls we didn't hit well that fell in. We'll take them
Bobby Abreu homered for Philadelphia, which had won four of
Phillies starter Vicente Padilla (10-5), who had won four
straight decisions, lost for the first time since May 26. He gave
up 10 hits, five runs, walked none and struck out two in four
innings -- his shortest outing of the year.
"It's part of the game. I was up. It happens,'' Padilla said
through an interpreter.
Phillies manager Larry Bowa shrugged off his ace's subpar
"Every pitcher goes through this sometimes -- Randy Johnson,
(Curt) Schilling, (Roger) Clemens,'' Bowa said. "When your pitches
are up, you get hit sometimes.''
After Mora led off with his 11th homer to give the Orioles a 1-0
lead in the first, Baltimore batted around in the second against
Padilla, scoring four times for a 5-0 lead.
Chris Singleton led off with an infield single and moved to
second on Mike Bordick's single one out later. After Mora popped
out, Brian Roberts hit a two-run double into the right-field
corner, then scored on second baseman Marlon Anderson's errant
relay throw home. Matthews then doubled to left and scored on
Batista's RBI single.
"It was fun to go out there and pitch because off the bat we
had five runs on the board in the first couple of innings,''
Johnson said. "That gave me the ability to throw a lot of
fastballs and get ahead of people.''
Abreu homered to right to lead off the third.
In the fifth, Singleton tripled off reliever David Coggin and
scored on Gil's RBI single.
Batista hit an RBI single and Singleton a two-run single in the
sixth. Matthews homered off Rheal Cormier in the seventh.
Due to an official scorer's decision, Phillies OF Ricky
Ledee will get credit for a double in the seventh inning of
Friday's game. The play had originally been ruled a two-base error
by Singleton. ... Mora is the first Orioles player to lead off
consecutive games with a homer since Brady Anderson did it in both
ends of a doubleheader on Aug. 21, 1999. ... Abreu has hit safely
in 19 of 22 games. ... The crowd of 48,692 was the third
consecutive sellout at Camden Yards.