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Mora stars as Orioles rip Tigers

Aug 16, 2008 - 3:45 AM DETROIT (Ticker) -- Melvin Mora collected three hits and drove in four runs to lead the Baltimore Orioles to an 11-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday.

Mora helped open the scoring in the first inning, tripling to right-center field and coming home on a single by Aubrey Huff.

The Orioles bumped the lead to 3-0 in the second. Luke Scott doubled off Nate Robertson (7-9) and Juan Castro walked before Brian Roberts delivered an RBI single. Castro scored on the play thanks to a throwing error by right fielder Magglio Ordonez.

Mora belted his 18th homer to left in the fourth to make it 4-0.

"He's hitting the ball better, he looks locked in," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said. "Simply, he looks locked in."

Placido Polanco halved the deficit with a two-run homer in the fifth off Chris Waters, who was pulled three batters later. Lance Cormier (2-3) came on and tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings for the win.

The Orioles iced the game with six runs on four hits and two errors in the ninth inning, a frame that saw Polanco ejected for arguing a call on an attempted double-play relay throw to first.

The inning also marked the return of Tigers closer Todd Jones from the disabled list. It was less than successful, however, as the righthander allowed five unearned runs, three hits and three walks while retiring just two batters.

"He was OK," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "I just wanted to get a situation where he could get his feet wet. He had a nightmare inning. If balls had dropped another way, things would be different. He threw too many pitches (38) and I had to get him out of there."

Mora picked up a pair of RBI in the inning on a single. He has driven in 85 runs this season, including 15 in his last seven games.

"You're going to have to score as many runs as you can," Trembley said. "The middle of (Detroit's) lineup is treacherous."

Huff had three hits as Baltimore notched 14 overall against five pitchers.

"My mechanics were off from the very start," Robertson said. "I missed a couple of pitches and it cost me. After the third, I was able to settle down, but my pitch count was up and I was out of there."

Jim Johnson pitched the eighth and George Sherrill finished up with a scoreless ninth for Baltimore.

Curtis Granderson had three hits for the Tigers.

"It was pretty ugly," Leyland said of the loss. "It started bad and got worse. We got a lot of hits but no runs. We were able to get good swings with the bats but weren't able to get the key hit.

"If you don't pitch well, you don't have a chance."








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    BALTIMORE 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 6 11 14 1
    DETROIT 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 11 3 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: BAL - CHRIS WATERS, LANCE CORMIER (5TH), JIM JOHNSON (8TH), GEORGE
    SHERRILL (9TH) AND RAMON HERNANDEZ, GUILLERMO QUIROZ (9TH)
    DET - NATE ROBERTSON, AQUILINO LOPEZ (

    Aug 15 10:22 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY AUBREY HUFF SCORED NICK MARKAKIS.
    SITUATION: 6 RUNS IN, A HUFF ON FIRST, M MORA ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 11
    DETROIT 2 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: R HERNANDEZ (.256, 1-FOR-5)

    Orioles 11, Tigers 2  Top 9, 0 OutsAug 15 10:12 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MELVIN MORA SCORED JUAN CASTRO AND BRIAN ROBERTS.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, M MORA ON FIRST, N MARKAKIS ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 10
    DETROIT 2 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: A HUFF (.302, 2-FOR-5, RBI)

    Orioles 10, Tigers 2  Top 9, 0 OutsAug 15 10:09 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    FIELDER'S CHOICE BY JUAN CASTRO SCORED KEVIN MILLAR. ERROR
    BY PLACIDO POLANCO ALLOWED JAY PAYTON TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, J CASTRO ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 8
    DETROIT 2 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: B ROBERTS (.294, 2-FOR-4, SAC, RBI)

    Orioles 8, Tigers 2  Top 9, 0 OutsAug 15 10:02 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY MIGUEL CABRERA ALLOWED AUBREY HUFF TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, L MONTANEZ ON FIRST, J PAYTON ON SECOND, K
    MILLAR ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 6
    DETROIT 2 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: J CASTRO (.227, 2-FOR-3, BB)

    Orioles 6, Tigers 2  Top 9, 0 OutsAug 15 9:57 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY MELVIN MORA SCORED JUAN CASTRO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, N MARKAKIS ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 5
    DETROIT 2 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: A HUFF (.301, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    Orioles 5, Tigers 2  Top 6, 0 OutsAug 15 8:58 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY PLACIDO POLANCO (7) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 5TH OFF CHRIS WATERS SCORED CURTIS GRANDERSON.
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 4, DETROIT 2
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: M ORDONEZ (.319, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Orioles 4, Tigers 2  Bot 5, 0 OutsAug 15 8:38 PM
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    Orioles 4, Tigers 0  Bot 5, 0 OutsAug 15 8:32 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MELVIN MORA (18) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    3RD OFF NATE ROBERTSON.
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 4, DETROIT 0
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: A HUFF (.302, 1-FOR-1, RBI)

    Orioles 4, Tigers 0  Top 3, 0 OutsAug 15 7:48 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BRIAN ROBERTS SCORED LUKE SCOTT. ERROR BY MAGGLIO
    ORDONEZ ALLOWED JUAN CASTRO TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, B ROBERTS ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 3
    DETROIT 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: N MARKAKIS (.305, 0-FOR-1)

    Orioles 3, Tigers 0  Top 2, 0 OutsAug 15 7:32 PM


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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    BALTIMORE 1 1 2 0
    DETROIT 0 0 0 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: BAL - CHRIS WATERS
    DET - NATE ROBERTSON

    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: C GRANDERSON (.293, 15 HR, 43 RBI)
    P POLANCO (.309, 6 HR, 44 RBI)
    M ORDONEZ (.320, 15 HR,

    Orioles 1, Tigers 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsAug 15 7:12 PM