PHILADELPHIA (AP)—First, Miguel Tejada tied the game with a homer. Then, he saved it with a stellar defensive play. Finally, he won it with a clutch hit.
“He’s a great player, a clutch player, an MVP,” teammate Rafael Palmeiro said.
Tejada’s solo homer off Tim Worrell in the seventh tied the game at 6, and both bullpens then pitched seven scoreless innings.
Tejada preserved the tie with a strong throw to retire Placido Polanco on a grounder deep in the shortstop hole, leaving the bases loaded in the 14th inning. The Orioles went on to win their third straight and move out of last place in the AL East.
Eddy Rodriguez (1-0) pitched three scoreless innings for his first major league win. Daniel Cabrera, normally a starter, finished for his first career save. He retired Polanco on a foul pop with two on, ending a game that lasted 6 hours, 15 minutes.
“I can’t say enough about Rodriguez,” Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli said. “He didn’t have anything left at the end.”
The Phillies had just one hit after the third inning before pitcher Brian Powell singled with two outs in the 14th.
The teams used 43 players, including 17 pitchers.
“We came back and tied the game, then nobody did anything until the 16th inning,” Phillies manager Larry Bowa said.
Pat Burrell’s two-out, two-run double off John Parrish tied it at 5 in the second. Parrish came in with runners at first and third, struck out Abreu and retired Jim Thome on a popup before Burrell lined a shot into the left-field corner.
Baltimore scored five runs off struggling right-hander Brett Myers in the first inning. Palmeiro gave the Orioles a 2-0 lead with a two-run single. Larry Bigbie’s two-run single one batter later made it 4-0, and Luis Matos drove in a run with a groundout.
Myers gave up five runs and six hits in three innings. A 14-game winner last season, he has one win in his last five starts. His ERA has risen from 4.14 to 5.28 in his last three outings.
Riley allowed five runs and five hits in one inning, raising his ERA to 8.64.
“They gave me a big lead and I squandered it,” Riley said.
Tejada’s homer gave him a 17-game hitting streak. … Newhan has a hit in all 14 games he’s played since signing with Baltimore last month. … Bigbie left after hurting his foot on a single in the third inning. Mora left after injuring his hamstring running out a grounder in the ninth. Neither injury appeared serious. … Phillies CF Jason Michaels’ hitting streak ended at nine games. … Palmeiro got his 1,733rd RBI, passing Honus Wagner for 16th on the career list. … A crowd of 44,390 turned out for the second straight fireworks night. It was the 19th sellout in 39 games at Citizens Bank Park. … Thome went 0-for-8 with five strikeouts. … The Phillies tied a club record bystriking out 19 times. They also walked 18 times.