Orioles 8, Diamondbacks 2
Tejada showed Wednesday night that he can do that with the Baltimore Orioles, too, even though he would prefer to merely be one of several contributors.
Melvin Mora scored a career-high four runs for the Orioles, who won for only the sixth time in 18 games.
“As soon as I get on base, I know I’m going to score because I have the big guy behind me,” said Mora, who hits ahead of Tejada in the lineup.
Baltimore batted around in a five-run seventh to take a 7-2 lead. Stephen Randolph (1-1), who came in with a 1.98 ERA, walked Brian Roberts and Mora before Tejada hit a 3-1 fastball over the right-field scoreboard.
“That’s a hitter’s count,” Tejada said. “I got an outside pitch, and I hit it out of the park.”
The opposite-field homer was his ninth of the season, the first with more than one runner on.
“The big thing in the inning was Brian Roberts and Melvin Mora getting on base,” Tejada said. “I knew if I didn’t do it, then Rafael Palmeiro or Javy (Lopez) would. Late in the game, if we get the first two guys on base, we can beat anybody.”
“It was a good inning. We got a couple of walks there, and Tejada had the big hit to break it open,” Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli said.
It was a scenario that Arizona manager Bob Brenly has seen countless times thus far during a disappointing season.
“It’s just a recurring theme, and it’s hurt us in so many games this year. I can’t even count them,” Brenly said. “Stephen Randolph comes in and walks the first two guys in the order to get to the three, four, five hitters. That’s just a recipe for disaster.”
Baltimore added a run in the eighth when Mora doubled and scored on a grounder by Lopez.
Eight Orioles reached by either a single or a walk, which is just the way Tejada likes it. He leads the team with 47 RBIs and is batting .312, but he has yet to dominate.
“Here it’s not only one guy,” Tejada said. “That’s why everything has been kind of quiet for me. I want to keep it that way; I don’t want to carry the team.”
Arizona’s Brandon Webb, seeking his second win in eight starts since April 27, allowed one earned run and four hits in five innings and left with the score tied at 2.
The Orioles took advantage of a wild streak by Webb to take a 1-0 lead in the first. After giving up a single and two walks, the right-hander permitted a run to score on his second wild pitch of the inning.
Arizona tied it in the third. Luis Gonzalez hit his second double of the game and scored when DuBose uncorked a wild throw to first after fielding Shea Hillenbrand’s two-out tapper down the third-base line.
Mora’s hustle produced an unearned run for Baltimore in the fifth. After being hit by a pitch, Mora raced to third on a single to left by Tejada and scooted home when Webb threw wildly to first in an effort to keep Tejada close to the bag.
Gonzalez hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth to make it 2-all, setting the stage for Tejada’s heroics.
“It’s nothing really to say,” said Randolph, who absorbed his second major league loss. “I just lost a little bit of command out there, a little focus,and it came back to haunt me.”
Arizona DH Carlos Baerga left in the fourth inning with a strained left calf. … Mora leads the AL with 54 runs scored. … The Diamondbacks have gone a season-high five straight games without a home run. … Gonzalez has hit innine straight games, and has eight multihit games during that span.
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