ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP)—David Newhan played his first game in the ballpark where his dad spent his life writing about baseball and building a Hall of Fame career. The youngster didn’t disappoint.
Newhan went 3-for-5 with three RBIs, helping the Baltimore Orioles to an 11-3 victory Tuesday night over Anaheim, their eighth in a row.
Miguel Tejada went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer and tied a season high with five RBIs. Larry Bigbie homered, and Brian Roberts matched a career high with four hits. Baltimore got a season-high 20 hits following its second 7-0 homestand in club history and first since 1969.
Newhan, playing with his third major league team after injury-plagued stints with San Diego and Philadelphia, is hitting .360 with five homers and 32 RBIs in 48 games since signing with the Orioles.
Hall of Fame sports writer Ross Newhan sat in the stands instead of the press box, as is his policy when he watches David in person.
The younger Newhan grew up about 15 minutes from Angels Stadium, back when it had 65,000 seats and was called Anaheim Stadium. He even served as a batboy for a few seasons during spring training while on vacation from school.
“I was up on a rail in ’86 with two outs, ready to jump on the field and try and grab second base,” said David Newhan, referring to Game 5 of the 1986 AL championship series against Boston.
Ross Newhan has spent the last 44 years writing about the Angels and Dodgers for the Los Angeles Times and other Southern California newspapers.
Orioles bullpen coach Elrod Hendricks chatted with father and son in the clubhouse after the game.
“Thanks for letting us have him for a little while,” Hendricks told dad.
Rookie right-hander Daniel Cabrera (9-5) allowed three runs, four hits and five walks in six innings, ending Anaheim’s five-game winning streak and sending Aaron Sele to his first loss of the season. Cabrera, who struck out two, has allowed no more than three earned runs in 15 of his 18 starts.
The Orioles extended their margin to 6-3 in the fifth with run-scoring singles by Newhan and Tejada. Newhan, who has hit safely in 39 of 47 games since signing with the Orioles on June 18, added a two-run single in the eighth off Matt Hensley.
“I feel confident that I belong,” Newhan said. “It’s just a matter of continuing to do what I’m doing and proving myself every night—because what I did tonight isn’t going to count tomorrow.”
Tejada capped the five-run eighth with a three-run homer, his 100th career hit against the Angels. The 2002 AL MVP leads the majors with 106 RBIs in 111 games—tying the total he had in 162 games last season with Oakland.
“He’s a force,” Angels pitching coach Bud Black said. “He’s turned into one of the best players in our league and he’s a tough out. There’s really no one way to pitch him. When you look at his RBIs, they’re legitimate. He’s got the batting average, the power and he doesn’t miss a game. He’s a bona fide superstar.”
Sele (7-1) was charged with six runs—four earned—and a career-worst 13 hits in 4 2-3 innings. The right-hander walked three and pitched with runners on base in each of the first five innings. Sele escaped a pair of bases-loaded jams by retiring B.J. Surhoff both times.
“Aaron went up against a hot-hitting club,” Black said. “He made some good pitches, but they handled the bat very well and took him the other way.”
Two-out RBI singles by Tejada and Rafael Palmeiro put Baltimore ahead 4-2 in the fourth after a two-out walk to Melvin Mora. Both runs were unearned because of an error by shortstop David Eckstein, who mishandled a short toss from second baseman Adam Kennedy on a potential double-play grounder by Roberts.
“Nothing bothers him,” Mora said of Tejada. “He just goes out there and has fun. He just wants to push this team to the playoffs.”
Anaheim rookie Robb Quinlan extended his hitting streak to 21 games with a ground-rule double in the fourth after a leadoff walk to Darin Erstad. Josh Paul’s one-out RBI single cut Baltimore’s lead to 4-3, but Quinlan was thrown out trying to score on Eckstein’s grounder to Tejada at shortstop.
Eckstein led off the first with a single and scored on Chone Figgins’ 14th triple, which broke the franchise single-season record shared by Jim Fregosi (1968), Mickey Rivers (1975) and Devon White (1989). One out later, Garret Anderson was credited with an RBI when his grounder to first handcuffed Palmeiro for an error.
Bigbie tied it 2-all in the second with his 13th homer and fourth in six games.
Roberts has grounded into only one double play this season in 436 at-bats, the best ratio in the majors. … Angels closer Troy Percival, who got his 300th career save on July 28, was honored in a pregame ceremony attended by former teammates Chuck Finley and Gary DiSarcina.