's rare stroll around the bases ended with a slide at the plate into the waiting arms of his elated teammates.
Mora ended a 50-game homerless drought with an opposite-field drive in the 12th inning Saturday night, giving the
a 4-3 victory over the
Toronto Blue Jays
''It's a good feeling, especially when you win the game,'' said Mora, whose previous longest stretch without a homer was 43
Mora had gone 189 at-bats without connecting before getting hold of a pitch from
(1-4) and sending it into the front row of the right-field bleachers. It was his third homer of the season, the first since
Orioles manager Dave Trembley, who watched from a stadium suite while closing out a two-game suspension stemming from his
ejection earlier in the week, cheered as Mora rounded the bases.
''Melvin picked a good time to get one, didn't he?'' Trembley said. ''Everybody dreams of that - a walk-off and win the game
at home in extra innings. That's a special moment.''
Mora thought he ended the dry spell with a fourth-inning swing, but his liner to center died near the warning track.
''I think the one I hit before, that was gone. So I was like OK, I'm going to hit another one and see what happens,'' he said.
''And that one, I don't know, I thought it was going to hit the wall because I hit the other one better.''
also homered for Baltimore to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 11 games.
(5-4), the sixth Orioles pitcher, worked the 12th.
Toronto got the potential go-ahead run to third base with one out in the 11th after Baltimore catcher
dropped the ball in a botched rundown. But
worked out of trouble by striking out pinch-hitter
on a sharp grounder to third that bounced off Mora's chest.
Brian Butterfield, who ran the team while
attended the funeral of his sister, said, ''We had a lot of opportunities. They've battled the entire (2-7) road trip. We're
just not coming out on the right end of the stick.''
had two hits and drove in a run for the
, who have lost 11 of 14 despite opening the three-game series with a 2-0 victory.
Baltimore used successive doubles by
to go up 3-2 in the sixth, but Toronto tied it in the eighth. After
with a pitch,
hit a sacrifice fly.
Bidding to become the first
rookie to win eight games before the All-Star break, Toronto starter
left with the score tied after giving up three runs and seven hits in eight innings. Despite getting a no-decision, he reached
the midpoint with a 7-3 record.
''I'm pretty happy about it,'' Romero said. ''You can't complain when things are going your way. The hard work has paid off.
I still have a whole lot of second half to prepare for.''
allowed two runs and seven hits in six-plus innings for the Orioles after yielding a total of 21 runs and 23 hits in his previous
three starts. Hill was given the starting assignment after a virus forced
out of the rotation.
The Orioles got a second-inning run when Wieters received credit for an RBI double on a two-out popup that glanced off the
glove of charging Toronto center fielder
Scott made it 2-0 in the fourth with his team-high 18th homer, a drive to right that landed on Eutaw Street in front of the
B&O Warehouse. Only 51 balls have landed on Eutaw Street in the 18-year history of Camden Yards, and Scott has hit three of
Toronto was 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position until Scutaro doubled in a run with two outs in the fifth and scored
the tying run on a single by
. The uprising started when former Oriole
snapped a 14 for 80 skid with a leadoff double.
NOTES: Mired in a 3 for 32 slump, Baltimore rookie
was given the day off. ...
has 36 multihit games, second in the AL behind
. ... Toronto has doubled in 19 consecutive games.