BALTIMORE (Ticker) --
had to wait out two lengthy rain delays and the better part of seven innings before making a little history for the
Mora extended his hitting streak to 23 games with a solo homer in the bottom of the seventh, providing the finishing touch as the Orioles coasted to a soggy 6-1 victory over the
Hitless in his first three plate appearances, Mora deposited a 3-2 offering from rookie reliever
into the left-center field seats for his 10th home run of the season. It gave him the third-longest hitting streak in team history behind a 24-game run by
in 1994 and a 30-game streak by
"I stayed back, looking for a fastball," Mora said. "I was looking for a ball around the plate. He knew I was looking for the changeup. If I got one, I was going to swing hard. The home run was on a changeup."
Mora also drove in runs with a sacrifice fly in a three-run first inning and a groundout in the second. He helped Baltimore win for just the second time in its last nine games.
(4-4) allowed four hits and struck out two in five scoreless innings.
finished up for his first major league save, yielding one run and two hits while striking out three.
Helling outlasted a 53-minute delay at the start and another for one hour, 49 minutes in the top of the third inning.
"It's just part of the game," he said. "I got some heat packs, wrapped my arm and tried to stay as loose as I could. We had to wait a long way against a very good team. You can always wait this long to win."
"It's hard to play this game at 1 o'clock in the morning, so I just played with my kids for a while," Mora added. "That relaxed me. You got to do something, so I played with them."
(5-6) lasted just two innings and was reached for four runs - three earned - and five hits. He is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in two interleague starts.
"Bad game, just a bad game," Zambrano said. "Have to forget it. One of those nights."
After Chicago stranded a runner in scoring position in the top of the first,
drew a leadoff walk in the bottom half, raced to third on a single by
and scored on Mora's sacrifice fly.
The Cubs left another runner at second in the second and Mora's groundout in the bottom half scored
, who hit a leadoff single.
After play resumed in the third, B.J. Surhoff homered with two out to extend the Orioles' lead to 5-0.
"They jumped on us early," Chicago manager
said. "There wasn't much going on on our side. ... We knew those guys could hit. I have seen plenty of games from here on television."
The Cubs' lone run came in the seventh, when
reached on an infield hit, continued to second on a throwing error by third baseman
and scored on a one-out double by