The Baltimore Orioles are making mistakes, but are still finding ways to win.
Playing in Pittsburgh for the first time since the 1979 World Series, the Orioles will try to push their winning streak to four when they continue their interleague series with the Pirates.
“It’s very important to get the first one in any series, especially in an National League park because we’re losing our DH, we’re losing another hitter,” Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli said.
The Orioles were fortunate to walk away with a win after they let a three-run lead get away. Melvin Mora doubled to start the eighth against Salomon Torres for his third hit of the game and Tejada was intentionally walked.
Mike Gonzalez replaced Torres, but the left-hander’s pitch in the dirt to Palmeiro deflected to the left of catcher Humberto Cota. Tejada, who was halfway to second, appeared to be picked off when Mora didn’t move off second, but Cota threw wildly for an error and Mora then moved to third. He scored on Palmeiro’s sacrifice fly.
“They put us in position to get out of the inning,” Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon said. “They were giving us an out, but we just didn’t execute. It was the right play (to throw to first)—he just didn’t make the throw.”
Mazzilli said Tejada gambled by coming off the bag as far as he did.
“It’s a tough read right there (where the ball is going) so you’re better off staying where you’re at,” Mazzilli said. “When you get that break, you also need to capitalize on it and Raffy (Palmeiro) did that.”
The Pirates had won five of their previous seven games.