Orioles upset second-place Braves; Marlins continue league dominance

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 14, 2000

The Orioles won their second game of the season with an upset over the second place Braves whose last inning charge ended just short, 6-5.

The Orioles got on the board first when Davis Watts got on base due to a Brave error with two outs in the top of the first inning. After stealing second and moving to third on an error, Watts scored on another error off the bat of K. Lewis.

The O's added another run to their lead in the top of the third as Jeffrey Stead came around to score, giving them a 2-0 lead.

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The Braves were able to tie the game in the bottom of the third as Durell Carter and Jeremy Robinson scored.

Mark McGough gave the Orioles the lead again in the top of the fourth as he hit a single and scored on a two-out base hit by Watts to make the score 3-2.

Once again, the Braves came right back. Consecutive walks to Joshua Longmire and Aaron Callen set up an RBI chance for Kendall Gibson who lined a basehit to tie the game at 3-3.

But, wild pitches cost the Braves in the fifth as Jeremy Pilson led off the inning with a walk and then rounded the bases on wild pitches to give the Orioles another one-run lead at 4-3.

After holding the Braves in the bottom of the fourth, the Orioles came around with two more runs in the top of the fifth. Stead and Logan Auserau each scored to give the O's a 6-3 lead.

But, the Braves did not quit. Adam Vickery led off the inning with a walk and then proceeded to second on a wild pitch. Longmire came up with a clutch double to score Vickery and cut the lead to 6-4. With two outs and two on, Matt Hutcheson lined another double that brought Longmire in. Justin Rhodes then earned a walk to load the bases. But, the inning came to an end with a strikeout, stranding the tying and winning runs in scoring position.

Marlins 20, Cardinals 1

The league-leading Marlins had little trouble with Cardinals last week as they sailed to a 20-1 victory.

The Cardinals ran into trouble very early as the Marlins scored 16 runs in the first inning. Walks were the main source of trouble for the Cards. But, Brantley McKeown had the big bat with a two-run triple and an RBI double in the inning. Zack Smith also had a double.

The Cardinals got their lone run in the top of the first inning as Caleb Glass came around to score.

But, a three-run triple by Smith was the end on the game as it was called by the umpires with the Marlins leading 20-1.

Cardinals 14, Braves 12

But, the Cards did not have to live with the loss long as they came back to upset the Braves by a score of 14-12.

The Braves took an early lead with four runs in the top of the first inning. Trent Jones, Adam Vickery, Joshua Longmire and Matt Hutchson all scored to give the Braves a 4-0 lead.

But, the Cardinals came right back with four runs of their own as Caleb Glass, Jason Tutchtone, Clark Young and Danny Spann each scored to tie the game.

Stimpson Crosby gave the Braves the lead in the top of the second when he scored on a wild pitch.

But, the Cardinals came away from the second inning with four runs. Sanders Hancock, Tim Dunklin, Glass and Tutchtone scored to jump on top of the Braves 8-5.

Longmire led off the top of the third with a triple for the Braves and cut the lead to 8-6 when he scored on a wild pitch.

Ryan Piggot got the run right back as he scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the third to make the score 9-6.

The Braves tied the game at 9-9 in the top of the fourth as Kendall Gibson, Chris Smith and Durell Carter came around to score.

The Braves held the Cards in the fourth and then took the lead in the top of the fifth as Longmire, Aaron Callen and Steven Lee scored, giving them a 12-9 lead.

But, the Cards came back with five runs in the bottom of the fifth to win the game, 14-12.

Tutchtone, Young, Spann, Quinton Briggs and Ryan Piggot scored during the last-inning rally.

Orioles 14, Pirates 5

The Orioles rolled to an easy victory over the Pirates by a final score of 14-5.

Mark McGough, K. Lewis, Jamontey Pilson and Jeffrey Stead led the way to an early lead for the O's as they took a 4-0 lead.

They added to their totals in the top of the second as T.J. Border, Larry Pritchett, McGough, Blake Mullins and Davis Watts scored to give the Orioles a commanding 9-0 lead.

They added another in the top of the third as Lodan Ausderau came around to make the score 10-0.

The Braves scored their first run in the bottom of the third as Ethan Pitts hit a two-run triple to cut the lead to 10-2.

They got back into the game in the bottom of the fourth as Hunter Paul, Jeremy Field and Wade Bush came in to score, cutting the lead to 10-5.

But, the rest of the game belonged to the Orioles as they scored four more runs in the top of the fifth. Kyle Paez had the key hit of the inning with a two-RBI single to help lift his team to a 14-5 victory.