DETROIT (AP) -A healthy
has given a boost to the entire Orioles offense.
Mora finished a double shy of the cycle Friday night, driving in four runs to lift Baltimore to an 11-2 win over the
. He finished 3-for-4 and has 15 RBIs in his last seven games.
''To watch him right now is fun,'' said Orioles second baseman
. ''He's locked in. And when there's a man on base, it seems like he turns it up a notch.''
Since the All-Star break, when he had a cortisone shot in a sore shoulder, Mora is hitting .404 (44-for-109) with seven home
runs and 37 RBIs in 26 games.
''It doesn't bother me anymore,'' said Mora. ''I can throw the ball and hit with power.''
His offensive production has corresponded with a sudden charge by the Orioles offense. Baltimore has scored 66 runs in its
last eight games.
''For the most part, we're not reluctant to get deep in the count,'' said Orioles manager Dave Trembley. ''And as you saw
later in the game, we're not afraid of using the other side of the field.''
(2-3) picked up the win in relief, allowing only a hit in 2 1-3 innings against a potent but suddenly scuffling Detroit lineup.
He relieved starter
with two out and runners on first and second in the fifth, and got
to bounce into a force play to preserve a 5-2 lead.
''We scored a lot of runs and Cormier came in and got the key out of the game,'' said Trembley.
(7-9) allowed five runs - four earned - and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings for the Tigers.
''My mechanics were off from the very start,'' he said. ''I missed a couple of pitches and it cost me.''
His team gave him very little help on defense. Detroit committed three errors in losing for the 11th time in its last 15 games.
''It was pretty ugly,'' said Tigers manager Jim Leyland.
's two-out RBI single in the first gave Baltimore a 1-0 lead, and the Orioles added two more in the second when
' single brought in
followed him home on a throwing error by right-fielder
Mora's 18th home run made it 4-0 in the third.
put the Tigers on the board with a two-run homer in the fifth, but despite piling up 11 hits, those were the only runs Detroit
''We got a lot of hits, but no runs,'' said Leyland. ''We were able to get good swings with the bats but weren't able to get
the key hit.''
Mora hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth, and Baltimore added six more runs in the ninth.
was credited with an RBI on a bases-loaded grounder that Detroit first baseman
bobbled, and two more runs came in on Castro's fielder's choice grounder. Castro got an RBI and the other run scored on Polanco's
The Tigers' second baseman got the relay at second on a grounder to short, but his throw hit the hand of Montanez, who was
sliding into second. Polanco argued that Montanez blocked the throw intentionally and was ejected by first base umpire Ron
Mora added a bases-loaded, two-run single later in the inning, and Huff drove in the final run with another single.