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Hernandez's walk-off home run helps Orioles down Angels

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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BALTIMORE -- On a night when eight homers sailed out of Camden Yards, Ramon Hernandez picked a most opportune time to hit his first for the Baltimore Orioles.

Hernandez connected with one out in the ninth inning, lifting the Orioles past the Los Angeles Angels 6-5 Friday night.

Hernandez hit a solo shot on a 3-2 fastball from Scot Shields (1-1). The drive, which landed in the left-field seats, brought an appropriate conclusion to a game that featured four homers by each team.

"How the weather was today, the ball was flying," Hernandez said. "I kind of figured it would go out. Lucky I hit it in a good spot."

So did seven other players, including Baltimore's Jay Gibbons.

"The ball was traveling well tonight. Usually in April it doesn't go anywhere," Gibbons said. "But 75 degrees, the ball was jumping."

David Newhan and rookie Nick Markakis also homered for the Orioles, who trailed 4-0 before rallying for their fourth win in five games.

Los Angeles had gone five straight games without a homer and ranked last in the AL with seven overall before Garret Anderson, Juan Rivera and Adam Kennedy connected in the first two innings against Rodrigo Lopez.

The Angels' final home run came in dramatic fashion. Los Angeles trailed 5-4 in the ninth when LaTroy Hawkins entered for Baltimore, seeking his first save. He struck out Tim Salmon and Casey Kotchman and went to 3-2 on Jeff Mathis before the rookie drove a fastball into the left-field seats for his first major league homer.

It was a redemptive hit for Mathis, whose passed ball helped Baltimore take the lead in the eighth.

Tim Byrdak (1-0) got the final out in the ninth. It was his first major league win and came in his 93rd appearance, ending the longest active winless streak in the big leagues.

Hernandez trumped Mathis' homer in the bottom half.

"I went to 3-2 and tried not to walk the guy and he hit it out of the park," Shields said. "A situation like that, I've got to give him something to hit."

It was the Orioles' second straight late-inning victory. Melvin Mora homered with two outs in the ninth inning Thursday to power Baltimore past Tampa Bay.

"It's exciting to win two games in a row like that, let alone one in a month," Gibbons said. "I love this. I hope we do it every night. It's a lot more fun than winning 10-0."

With the score 4-all in the eighth, Baltimore's Brian Roberts hit a one-out single off J.C. Romero and advanced on Mathis' passed ball. Shields then retired pinch-hitter Luis Matos on a fly ball before Mora hit an opposite-field single to right, scoring Roberts with an unearned run.

The lead wouldn't last.

Lopez allowed four runs and six hits in eight innings. He retired his last seven batters, striking out four.

Los Angeles starter Ervin Santana, who went seven innings, also yielded four runs, six hits and three home runs.

The Angels went up 3-0 in the first inning. Anderson homered with a man on, and two pitches later Rivera hit a drive into the left-field seats.

Kennedy hit his first home run of the season in the second inning to make it 4-0.

"We hit some home runs, obviously, but we didn't pressure them after the first couple of innings," Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said. "Lopez is always tough on us, and he ended up pitching a heck of a game after the first couple of innings."

Gibbons connected in the bottom of the second, extending his hitting streak to 10 games, and Newhan got Baltimore to 4-2 with a solo shot in the fourth.

Markakis tied it in the fifth, hitting his second major league homer with one out after Kevin Millar led off with a double.

Notes

  • World figure skating champion Kimmie Meissner threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
  • Kennedy was 1-for-18 lifetime against Lopez before going 2-for-3 against the right-hander.
  • LA's Darin Erstad missed the game to be with his wife, who gave birth to the couple's first child, Jordan Elizabeth Erstad, early Friday morning.
  • Baltimore's Jeff Conine went 0-for-3 and is 1-for-20 (.050) this season.
 
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Rookie Nick Markakis admires his home run in the fifth inning in the Orioles' rally.  (AP)
Rookie Nick Markakis admires his home run in the fifth inning in the Orioles' rally. (AP)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

R. Hernandez
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Anaheim

G. Anderson
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, 3B4000011 .256
Orlando Cabrera, SS4110012 .308
Vladimir Guerrero, RF4000011 .417
Garret Anderson, LF4112020 .216
Juan Rivera, CF4121000 .276
Tim Salmon, DH4000011 .238
Casey Kotchman, 1B3000110 .207
Jeff Mathis, C4111012 .176
Adam Kennedy, 2B4121000 .345
Totals35575187 
Batting
HR - Garret Anderson (2, Lopez), Juan Rivera (2, Lopez), Jeff Mathis (1, Hawkins), Adam Kennedy (1, Lopez)
RBI - Garret Anderson 2 (7), Juan Rivera (5), Jeff Mathis (1), Adam Kennedy (6)
2-OUT RBI - Garret Anderson 2 (4), Juan Rivera (3), Jeff Mathis (1), Adam Kennedy (4)
SB - Adam Kennedy (1, 2nd base off Lopez/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Cabrera-Kennedy-Kotchman
PB - Jeff Mathis (1)
Los Angeles Angels
Ervin Santana 7644023 3.55
J.C. Romero 0.1110000 0.00
Scot Shields (L,1-1) 1211011 1.50
Pitches-Strikes - Ervin Santana 83-56, J.C. Romero 7-4, Scot Shields 20-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ervin Santana 7-11, J.C. Romero 1-0
Batters Faced - Ervin Santana 26, J.C. Romero 2, Scot Shields 5
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B4120000 .267
David Newhan, LF3111001 .308
   a- Luis Matos, PH-LF1000001 .154
Melvin Mora, 3B4021000 .277
Miguel Tejada, SS4000012 .318
Jay Gibbons, RF3111001 .366
    Corey Patterson, CF1000000 .091
Ramon Hernandez, C4111011 .500
Kevin Millar, DH3110010 .257
Jeff Conine, 1B3000001 .050
Nick Markakis, CF-RF3112000 .241
Totals33696037 
a-flied out for Newhan in the 8th
Batting
2B - Melvin Mora (4, Santana), Kevin Millar (3, Santana)
HR - David Newhan (2, Santana), Jay Gibbons (3, Santana), Ramon Hernandez (1, Shields), Nick Markakis (2, Santana)
RBI - David Newhan (7), Melvin Mora (6), Jay Gibbons (9), Ramon Hernandez (10), Nick Markakis 2 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Melvin Mora (4)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
E - Ramon Hernandez (2, Wild throw), Brian Roberts (1, )
Baltimore Orioles
Rodrigo Lopez 8644163 5.66
LaTroy Hawkins (BS,1) 0.2111021 2.84
Tim Byrdak (W,1-0) 0.1000000 7.71
WP - Rodrigo Lopez (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Rodrigo Lopez 109-67, LaTroy Hawkins 16-9, Tim Byrdak 1-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rodrigo Lopez 10-9, Tim Byrdak 1-0
Batters Faced - Rodrigo Lopez 32, LaTroy Hawkins 3, Tim Byrdak 1
Game Information
Attendance - 25415
Game Time - 2:20
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Gerry Davis, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Bill Miller