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Scott's walk-off shot in 10th caps Orioles' rally

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BALTIMORE -- Two improbable comebacks produced one extremely uplifting victory for the Baltimore Orioles.

After Ramon Hernandez tied it with a homer in the bottom of the ninth inning, Luke Scott homered in the 10th to carry the Orioles past the Detroit Tigers 11-10 Saturday.

The Orioles trailed by six runs in the first inning and entered the ninth down by one. And somehow, Baltimore snapped a stretch of nine straight losses in one-run games.

"People who have been watching the club all year have seen similar type events like this," manager Dave Trembley said. "I tell you, every time it happens it just makes you a little more proud to be around these guys because they will not quit. They will not quit at all."

Baltimore has come from behind in 29 of its 47 wins this season, but not like this. Not after trailing 6-0 in the first inning, or 10-9 in the ninth against a Detroit team that was 41-1 when leading after eight innings.

"It feels great," Scott said. "We were fortunate to come out on top."

Scott's shot off Freddy Dolsi (1-4) cleared the 25-foot scoreboard in right field and landed on Eutaw Street, an estimated 420 feet from the plate. It was Scott's third homer in two games, and he marked the occasion by sliding into home before his teammates mobbed him.

Scott got the chance to be a hero because Hernandez homered on the first pitch in the ninth from Joel Zumaya.

"It was a great game. You get emotional after you're losing, come back, they get ahead, you come back and then you win," Hernandez said.

George Sherrill (3-4) worked the top of the 10th, which ended with Placido Polanco being called out trying to score on a two-out single by Gary Sheffield. The replay indicated Polanco beat the tag by Hernandez, who took the throw from center fielder Adam Jones.

"We get the benefit of looking at replay and he was clearly safe. That's the breaks," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "The umpire was right on top of the play and he just missed. But that doesn't excuse blowing the lead like we did."

Miguel Cabrera homered and had four RBI, Jeff Larish also homered and Polanco had four hits. But it wasn't enough.

"I don't think it's any more disappointing than any of the other ones over the course of a season," outfielder Curtis Granderson said. "You also have to give them credit. They definitely didn't quit after the start we got."

Melvin Mora homered in a third consecutive game for the Orioles, and Kevin Millar went 3-for-6 with two doubles.

After letting a 6-0 lead become a 9-7 deficit, Detroit moved back in front with a three-run sixth against Dennis Sarfate. Polanco hit an RBI single and took third on a double by Sheffield before Magglio Ordonez greeted Fernando Cabrera with a sacrifice fly. Matt Joyce then hit an RBI double.

In the bottom half, Fernando Rodney struck out pinch-hitter Jay Payton with the bases loaded and two outs.

Orioles starter Daniel Cabrera gave up six first-inning runs, then allowed one unearned run and one hit over the next four innings before being lifted.

Cabrera supplemented the Tigers' four first-inning hits by issuing two walks and hitting a batter. Ordonez opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly, and Miguel Cabrera followed with his 17th homer to make it 4-0. Joyce then drew a walk, and Larish hit the next pitch into the right-field seats.

In the bottom half, Nick Markakis singled ahead of Mora's 14th home run.

An error by Daniel Cabrera preceded a run-scoring grounder in the second inning by Miguel Cabrera, making it 7-2.

But Baltimore scored six runs on eight hits in the third to take an 8-7 lead. Brian Roberts doubled and Markakis singled before Mora, Millar and Scott hit RBI singles to chase Nate Robertson. Aquilino Lopez then yielded run-scoring singles to Hernandez and Brandon Fahey, and Roberts capped the uprising with an RBI double.

Robertson gave up seven runs in 2 1/3 innings. In his previous six starts against Baltimore, the left-hander was 4-0 with a 1.98 ERA.

The Orioles loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth but got only one run, on a sacrifice fly by Hernandez.

Notes

  • Robertson is winless in five starts since June 21.
  • Markakis and Mora both went 2-for-2 against Robertson after coming in 1-for-11 and 1-for-16 respectively against the left-hander.
  • Roberts became the first Oriole to get two doubles in one inning since B.J. Surhoff in 1999.
 
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Luke, no need to slide. Well, after hitting a walk-off homer, Luke Scott can get away with it.  (AP)
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Players of the Game
Baltimore

M. Mora
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
Detroit

P. Polanco
AB 6
R 3
H 4
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Placido Polanco, 2B6341013 .309
Gary Sheffield, DH5230001 .227
Magglio Ordonez, RF3002003 .304
Miguel Cabrera, 1B5114012 .281
Matt Joyce, LF4111111 .272
Jeff Larish, 3B2112211 .245
    Ryan Raburn, 3B1000010 .233
    Ivan Rodriguez, C0000000 .295
Edgar Renteria, SS3000212 .256
Brandon Inge, C-3B4000122 .217
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Batting
2B - Placido Polanco 2 (20, Cabrera, Sherrill), Gary Sheffield (10, Sarfate), Matt Joyce (8, Cabrera)
HR - Miguel Cabrera (17, Cabrera), Jeff Larish (2, Cabrera)
SF - Magglio Ordonez 2 (3)
RBI - Placido Polanco (33), Magglio Ordonez 2 (52), Miguel Cabrera 4 (61), Matt Joyce (19), Jeff Larish 2 (10)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Joyce (4)
SB - Placido Polanco (3, 3rd base off Cabrera/Hernandez), Gary Sheffield (4, 2nd base off Cabrera/Hernandez), Jeff Larish (1, 2nd base off Cabrera/Hernandez)
CS - Edgar Renteria (3, 2nd base by Cabrera/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 8
Detroit Tigers
Nate Robertson 2.1877011 5.69
Aquilino Lopez 1.1522200 3.20
Casey Fossum 2100110 6.19
Fernando Rodney (H,4) 1.1000130 6.55
Joel Zumaya (BS,1) 2211141 1.88
Freddy Dolsi (L,1-4) 0.1111001 3.77
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HBP - Jones (by Casey Fossum), Mora (by Fernando Rodney)
Pitches-Strikes - Nate Robertson 50-34, Aquilino Lopez 30-18, Casey Fossum 27-18, Fernando Rodney 25-17, Joel Zumaya 31-19, Freddy Dolsi 5-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nate Robertson 4-2, Joel Zumaya 1-1, Freddy Dolsi 1-0
Batters Faced - Nate Robertson 15, Aquilino Lopez 11, Casey Fossum 8, Fernando Rodney 6, Joel Zumaya 9, Freddy Dolsi 2
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B5121120 .293
Nick Markakis, RF4220210 .299
Melvin Mora, 3B5233003 .243
Aubrey Huff, DH6110003 .287
Kevin Millar, 1B6131010 .243
Luke Scott, LF5232111 .266
Adam Jones, CF4000016 .280
Ramon Hernandez, C3223111 .244
Brandon Fahey, SS3011003 .239
   a- Jay Payton, PH1000013 .247
    Juan Castro, SS1000010 .000
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Batting
2B - Brian Roberts 2 (36, Robertson, Lopez), Kevin Millar 2 (15, Lopez, Fossum)
HR - Melvin Mora (14, Robertson), Luke Scott (17, Dolsi), Ramon Hernandez (9, Zumaya)
SF - Ramon Hernandez (4)
RBI - Brian Roberts (34), Melvin Mora 3 (55), Kevin Millar (48), Luke Scott 2 (39), Ramon Hernandez 3 (39), Brandon Fahey (10)
2-OUT RBI - Brian Roberts (13), Ramon Hernandez (18), Brandon Fahey (5)
CS - Brian Roberts (10, 2nd base by Fossum/Inge)
Team LOB - 12
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Outfield Assists - Adam Jones 1
DP - Mora-B. Roberts-Millar
PB - Ramon Hernandez (6)
E - Daniel Cabrera (1, Misplayed grounder), Dennis Sarfate (2, Throwing)
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Daniel Cabrera 5576542 4.57
Dennis Sarfate0333000 4.06
Fernando Cabrera (BS,1) 1.2100230 0.00
Chad Bradford 1.1100010 2.52
Lance Cormier 1000010 3.06
George Sherrill (W,3-4) 1200000 3.89
HBP - Sheffield (by Daniel Cabrera)
Pitches-Strikes - Daniel Cabrera 104-60, Dennis Sarfate 13-9, Fernando Cabrera 32-19, Chad Bradford 18-12, Lance Cormier 15-12, George Sherrill 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daniel Cabrera 7-5, Chad Bradford 2-0, Lance Cormier 1-1, George Sherrill 2-0
Batters Faced - Daniel Cabrera 27, Dennis Sarfate 3, Fernando Cabrera 7, Chad Bradford 4, Lance Cormier 3, George Sherrill 4
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Attendance - 31525
Game Time - 3:48
Temperature - 94
Umpires - Home - Brian Runge, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Chad Fairchild