BALTIMORE (Ticker) -- Rain delays have been a constant this week at Camden Yards.
has been a constant a lot longer for the
Ponson pitched around two rain delays totaling nearly 2 1/2 hours for his fifth straight win and
hit a grand slam and a two-run homer to power the Orioles to a 7-2 victory over the
Baltimore had a game interrupted by rain for the third straight night. But it did not deter Ponson (9-3) from his eighth win in nine starts. The 26-year-old righthander gave up one run and six hits in six innings with two walks and four strikeouts.
"It's not easy," he said of the delays. "I just try to stay loose and just keep going. I just wanted to give us a chance to win, and I was able to do that."
Ponson is one victory from matching the longest winning streak of his career and moved six games over .500 for the first time ever.
"Right now, I'm throwing the ball consistently," he said. "I feel good out there."
"He had good stuff to start the game," Orioles manager
said. "He did a tremendous job out there, especially dealing with the delays."
B.J. Ryan allowed one run without a hit in 1 2/3 innings and
finished up with 1 1/3 scoreless frames as the Orioles have won two in a row for the first time since a three-game streak from May 30-June 1.
(1-10) continued streaking in the opposite direction. He broke a team record with his ninth straight loss, surrendering four runs and five hits in 4 1/3 innings.
"Well, I try to take something positive out of games," said Rusch, who eclipsed the mark set by
at the end of the 2000 season. "You don't feel good losing, but it doesn't help to dwell on the losses. I do what I can to think positive, but it's not easy."
The Brewers have scored just three runs in Rusch's last two starts.
"That has been his luck," Milwaukee manager
said. "If it were not for bad luck, he wouldn't have any."
drove in both runs for the Brewers, who have dropped five of six following a season-high four-game winning streak.
After the start of the game was delayed for 1 hour, 50 minutes, Baltimore grabbed the lead in the second inning on an RBI single by
. Rain halted play for 32 minutes in the fourth, one inning before Gibbons broke open the game.
walked to load the bases with one out. Rusch retired
on a foulout and was one pitching away from ending the inning when Gibbons deposited a 1-2 offering in the front row of the right field bleachers.
"That was my first ever in my life," Gibbons said. "I just wanted to get a good swing. I wanted to use the whole field. I shortened up my swing."
Milwaukee finally got to Ponson in the sixth on a run-scoring fielder's choice by Perez, but left runners at the corners as
struck out and
lined to shortstop.
Gibbons connected again in the seventh off reliever
, completing his fourth career multi-homer game and giving the Orioles' a six-run cushion.
"I'm just getting a lot of good pitches to hit lately," said Gibbons, who has 32 RBI in his last 34 games. "This is probably one of the best games I've ever been a part of. Feels good to get the win."