Phillies 4, Orioles 2, 17 innings
BALTIMORE (AP)—The game began in twilight and ended well after midnight.
The hero didn’t enter the fray until the 10th inning, and still played what amounted to nearly an entire game.
“Now we hope it rains tomorrow,” winning pitcher Dan Plesac said with a tired grin.
Michaels could hardly have anticipated playing for eight innings after coming in with 9 1/2 innings already completed.
“I didn’t expect that, oh no,” he said. “That was far fetched to expect something like that.”
It was the Orioles’ longest game in innings since September 1974, when Baltimore needed 17 innings to beat Milwaukee 1-0. Seven players on the Orioles’ current 25-man roster were not even born at that time.
“You feel bad for losing, but you know the effort was there,” Baltimore manager Mike Hargrove said. “I don’t like to lose, but at least we went down fighting.”
Jim Thome led off the 17th with an infield hit off Omar Daal (4-10). After Bobby Abreu struck out for the third straight time, Mike Leiberthal singled Thome to third before Michaels sent a 1-1 pitch deep into the left-field seats.
“I was looking for a ball up that whole at-bat,” Michaels said. “Luckily, the ball was up and in and I got some wood on it.”
In this one, Philadelphia gave up a first-inning run and then held the Orioles scoreless until the 17th in winning for the fifth time in six games.
The Phillies wasted numerous opportunities, going 1-for-16 with runners in scoring position and stranding 17. Before the 17th, neither team scored after the third inning.
Philadelphia loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the 10th before Jorge Julio retired Pat Burrell on a grounder. Julio also struck out Thome in the 11th with a runner on second, and Buddy Groom got Jimmy Rollins hit into a double play with the bases loaded and one out in the 13th.
Attendance was announced at 46,405, the largest paid crowd of the season at Camden Yards. The near sellout enabled the Orioles to become the seventh AL team this season to eclipse the 1 million mark in home attendance.
Only a few thousand remained to the end.
Baltimore starter Jason Johnson allowed one run and five hits over eight innings, his longest stint of the year. The right-hander issued a season-high five walks but lowered his ERA to 3.80.
Hours before the final out, Phillies starter Brandon Duckworth was struck by a line drive off the bat of Jay Gibbons and left after one inning with a bruised right forearm. The right-hander allowed one run, on a double by B.J. Surhoff that popped from the glove of Ricky Ledee in front of the left-field wall.
The bullpen then took over, holding the Orioles scoreless for 15 straight innings. Baltimore had only three runners in scoring position after the second inning.
“That’s about as good as you’re going to get,” Plesac said.
After stranding two runners in each of the first two innings, Philadelphia tied it in the third. Thome hit a one-out single, took third on a double by Bobby Abreu and scored on a grounder by Mike Lieberthal.
Johnson did not allow another hit until Placido Polanco singled up themiddle with two outs in the seventh.
Johnson faced only NL opponents in his five June starts. He went 1-1. … Burrell went 0-for-3 against Johnson and is 0-for-11 lifetime against theright-hander. He went 1-for-7 overall.