BALTIMORE -- On a night in which Miguel Tejada set a team record for hits in April, the Baltimore Orioles shortstop received an injury that could jeopardize a far more impressive accomplishment.
Tejada hyperextended his left knee while chasing down a foul ball in fifth inning of the Baltimore's 5-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night. He remained in the game long enough to hit his sixth home run (giving him 41 hits for the month), then left in the eighth.
If the injury keeps Tejada sidelined Saturday, his streak of playing in 942 consecutive games -- the seventh-longest run in major league history -- will be over.
"I'll listen to the trainer. They know everything about injuries," Tejada said. "I'll wait until tomorrow to see how I feel."
Orioles trainer Richie Bancells said it was too early to determine if the injury would keep Tejada in the dugout.
The injury occurred when Tejada was running down a foul ball hit by Carl Everett.
"All of a sudden I feel my leg going straight. That's why I went down," Tejada said. "At first, I was really scared. I was thinking it was my whole leg. Then, after I get up, I felt like I could keep playing."
After hitting his sixth homer in the seventh inning, he was replaced in the top of the eighth by Chris Gomez.
Tejada insisted that his consecutive games streak is not important to him.
"I love playing baseball. I'm not going to worry about the streak," he said.
But Tejada still hopes to play Saturday.
"If I don't have anything broke I'm going to be in the lineup," he said. "I'm hoping I'll be able to play 100 percent. I'm going to try. I want to keep playing."
The Orioles want him in the lineup, too. He leads the AL with a .432 batting average after going 2-for-4 Friday to extend his hitting streak to 13 games.
"We'll wait and see how it reacts in the morning," Baltimore manager Sam Perlozzo said. "He's a pretty tough kid."
Daniel Cabrera pitched seven innings of four-hit ball and Corey Patterson homered to lead the Orioles to their second straight win following a four-game skid.
Patterson had his second straight three-hit game. In his past two starts, he's raised his batting average from .156 to .275.
Cabrera (2-2) struck out six and walked one. The right-hander is 4-0 with a 2.62 ERA in five career starts against the Mariners.
"Tonight he was really good," Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said. "He can get wild and throw a lot of balls. We tried to let him do that, but he didn't."
LaTroy Hawkins worked the eighth and Chris Ray pitched a perfect ninth for his seventh save in as many chances.
Jose Lopez homered for the Mariners. Seattle is 0-4 in Baltimore over the past two seasons under Hargrove, who managed the Orioles from 2000-03.
Mariners starter Gil Meche (1-2) allowed four runs, two earned, and eight hits in five-plus innings. He came in 4-0 in nine career starts against the Orioles.
After Lopez homered in the sixth to knot the score at two, Baltimore answered with two runs in the bottom half. Meche hit Kevin Millar with a pitch, and singles by Patterson and Jeff Conine loaded the bases with no outs. George Sherrill came in and struck out Nick Markakis before Brian Roberts hit a sacrifice fly.
Patterson then scored on a passed ball by Kenji Johjima.
"The most important inning in any game you're playing is the inning after you score," Hargrove said. "It's an important inning to shut them down. We didn't do that, and tonight it cost us the ball game."
Tejada homered in the seventh on a 3-2 pitch from Julio Mateo.
Baltimore went up 1-0 with an unearned run in the first inning. Tejada hit a two-out single and scored when Seattle center fielder Jeremy Reed let a blooper by Jay Gibbons get past him.
Patterson hit an opposite-field homer off the left-field foul pole leading off the second.
Seattle managed only two singles over the first five innings, both by Adrian Beltre, before tying it in the sixth on Lopez's homer -- the first allowed by Cabrera this season.
Left-handed batters are 1-for-15 with nine strikeouts against Sherrill. ... Beltre stole his seventh base in the seventh inning. He had three last season. ... Baltimore has yielded 29 homers in its last 18 games.
|Players of the Game|
|Ichiro Suzuki, RF||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||.273|
|Jose Lopez, 2B||4||1||1||2||0||3||1||.265|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.301|
|Richie Sexson, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||.216|
|Carl Everett, DH||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.219|
|Kenji Johjima, C||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.268|
|Adrian Beltre, 3B||3||0||2||0||0||1||0||.193|
|Jeremy Reed, CF||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.200|
|Yuniesky Betancourt, SS||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.247|
|2B - Ichiro Suzuki (3, Cabrera)|
|HR - Jose Lopez (4, Cabrera)|
|SH - Jeremy Reed (1)|
|RBI - Jose Lopez 2 (17)|
|SB - Adrian Beltre (7, 3rd base off Cabrera/Hernandez)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Outfield Assists - Raul Ibanez 1|
|PB - Kenji Johjima (4)|
|E - Jeremy Reed (1, Missed catch)|
|Gil Meche (L,1-2)||5||8||4||2||3||3||1||4.78|
|HBP - Millar (by Gil Meche)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Gil Meche 85-49, George Sherrill 10-8, Julio Mateo 32-18, Jake Woods 18-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gil Meche 6-5, Julio Mateo 3-0, Jake Woods 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Gil Meche 26, George Sherrill 2, Julio Mateo 7, Jake Woods 4|
|Brian Roberts, 2B||4||0||0||1||0||2||1||.319|
|Melvin Mora, 3B||5||0||2||0||0||0||2||.271|
|Miguel Tejada, SS||3||2||2||1||1||0||0||.432|
|Chris Gomez, SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.273|
|Jay Gibbons, RF||4||0||2||0||0||0||2||.301|
|Luis Terrero, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ramon Hernandez, C||3||0||1||0||1||1||3||.329|
|Kevin Millar, DH||2||1||0||0||1||0||3||.203|
|Corey Patterson, CF||4||2||3||1||0||0||0||.275|
|Jeff Conine, 1B||3||0||1||0||1||1||2||.177|
|Nick Markakis, LF-RF||4||0||0||0||0||3||4||.175|
|HR - Miguel Tejada (6, Mateo), Corey Patterson (2, Meche)|
|SF - Brian Roberts (2)|
|RBI - Brian Roberts (13), Miguel Tejada (20), Corey Patterson (7)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - B. Roberts-Gomez-Conine|
|Daniel Cabrera (W,2-2)||7||4||2||2||1||6||1||5.68|
|LaTroy Hawkins (H,4)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||3.18|
|Chris Ray (S,7)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.61|
|WP - Daniel Cabrera (5)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Daniel Cabrera 105-61, LaTroy Hawkins 12-10, Chris Ray 13-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daniel Cabrera 9-7, LaTroy Hawkins 1-0, Chris Ray 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Daniel Cabrera 27, LaTroy Hawkins 3, Chris Ray 3|
|Attendance - 26934|
|Game Time - 2:34|
|Temperature - 66|
|Umpires - Home - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Derryl Cousins, Second Base - Troy Fullwood, Third Base - Chris Guccione|