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Braves belted in Baltimore
Orioles hammer Atlanta pitching
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Derek Lowe, right, hands the ball over to manager Bobby Cox, left, when Cox pulled Lowe from the game in the third inning Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore. - photo by Steve Ruark
BALTIMORE — Ty Wigginton hit two home runs, Robert Andino drove in three runs and stole home and Brad Bergesen pitched his first complete game to lead the Baltimore Orioles to an 11-2 win over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.

The Orioles have scored 19 runs in the past two games, after scoring just 19 runs in the previous 11 games.

The offensive revival came from some unlikely sources. Andino, who is replacing Cesar Izturis due to his recent appendectomy, had three RBIs in his first 70 at-bats. He had a bases-loaded walk in the third, and a two-run double in the fourth.

Andino also pulled off Baltimore's first steal of home since May 23, 2007. In the second inning, with the Orioles ahead 4-0, Brian Roberts was caught off first. Atlanta's shortstop, Yunel Escobar was about to tag Roberts, but belatedly he saw Andino dash for home. Andino easily beat the throw.

Bergesen (4-2) allowed five hits and two runs — both on home runs to David Ross — in the seventh and ninth.
Ross' first home run broke Bergesen's 18-inning scoreless streak. In his previous start, he held Seattle scoreless in eight innings.

The Orioles quickly pounded Derek Lowe (7-4) for three runs in the first. Aubrey Huff's infield out scored the first run, and Wigginton's two-run home run, his fourth, scored the next two.

Roberts' single drove in the fourth run in the fifth, and Andino's dash for home, made it 5-0.

In the third, Andino's walk forced home the sixth run, and Lowe was done after 2 1-3 innings — his shortest start since Oct. 3, 2004 — coincidentally his last start against the Orioles.

Roberts' sacrifice fly made it 7-0. Lowe was charged with seven runs — the most this season. In his previous five starts, he had allowed three or fewer runs.

In the fourth inning, Felix Pie singled to drive in a run, and Andino had a two-run double.

Wigginton homered off Kris Medlin in the fifth — his fifth. Wigginton scored four runs — equaling a career high.

Atlanta's Chipper Jones was 0 for 3. He's now hitless in his last 21 at-bats, and is approaching the longest drought of his stellar career. From Aug. 3-9, 2000, he was 0 for 23.

NOTES: Baltimore CF Adam Jones was scratched due to a bruised left shin he hurt in Saturday's game. He expects to play Tuesday. ... Atlanta manager Bobby Cox expects 1B Casey Kotchman, who's been on the 15-day disabled list since June 1 with a strained right calf to be ready to play on Tuesday. Kotchman has been on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Gwinnett. ... The Orioles improved to 2-8 on Sundays and 4-17 in series finales. ... Baltimore scored in the first five innings — the first time they've scored in five straight innings since Aug. 27, 2008.
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