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Tampa Bay at Baltimore

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Orioles 5, Devil Rays 2

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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BALTIMORE -- Sam Perlozzo settled into the plush chair in the manager's office and smiled. He tried valiantly to sway the conversation toward his baseball team, yet there was no masking the pleasure he derived from his first victory at Camden Yards.

Erik Bedard pitched seven strong innings to earn his first win since May 21, and the Baltimore Orioles used a three-run seventh to beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 5-2 Tuesday night.

Eric Byrnes homered for the Orioles, now 3-2 under Perlozzo, who took over as interim manager after Lee Mazzilli was fired on Aug. 4.

"It is a special moment for me to be here," Perlozzo said. "This is the Baltimore Orioles. You're right behind the desk here and the team went out there and played like they did. I can't be more happy about that."

Perlozzo didn't get a game ball, and until someone suggested that he keep the lineup card, the thought hadn't crossed his mind. No problem, because he intends to get many more wins over the next two months in his bid to remove the "interim" tag from his title in 2006.

"Sooner or later, we've got to get by me and get with the ball club," Perlozzo said. "I didn't do anything tonight. They did."

With the score tied 2-all, Chris Gomez led off the seventh with a single off Scott Kazmir (6-8). After a sacrifice bunt, Chad Orvella came in and walked Byrnes before Melvin Mora, Miguel Tejada and Javy Lopez hit RBI singles.

That made a winner out of Bedard (6-4), 0-3 in four starts since ending a two-month stint on the disabled list July 18. The left-hander gave up two runs, five hits and four walks.

"I don't remember my last win. It feels good," Bedard said. "I worked hard to get back -- unfortunately it took pretty long -- but I kept it going and turned things around."

Jason Grimsley and Tim Byrdak worked the eighth, and B.J. Ryan struck out the side in the ninth for his 24th save.

It was only the fourth win in 20 games for the Orioles, who recorded 12 hits -- 11 of them singles.

Toby Hall drove in both runs for Tampa Bay, which managed only three hits after the second inning.

"I think the story tonight was their pitching and our lack of mounting too much offensively," Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella said. "We had a day off yesterday, a long trip in from the Coast. We didn't get on the field today because of the weather, so hopefully tomorrow we'll get some work in before the game and we'll swing the bats."

Kazmir allowed three runs, eight hits and four walks in losing for the first time in five starts since July 8.

"It took time to find my release point and everything. I don't think I threw one slider for a strike," he said. "Hitters notice that."

Down 2-0, the Orioles pulled even in the fifth, when Brian Roberts hit a leadoff single and Byrnes homered on a 2-1 pitch.

"Byrnes' hit was a big one," Perlozzo said. "That's a tremendous lift for the ballclub at the particular point in the game."

Byrnes has at least one hit in all 10 games since joining the Orioles in a July 29 trade with Colorado. He went 1-for-3 with two walks.

Tampa Bay went up 2-0 in the second when Hall singled in two runs after a single and two walks loaded the bases.

The Orioles, meanwhile, stranded two runners in each of the first three innings. In the fourth, Baltimore hitting coach Terry Crowley was ejected by home plate umpire Bill Hohn for arguing a third-strike call on Chris Gomez.

Hohn also ejected Devil Rays first baseman Eduardo Perez with one out in the ninth for arguing a called third strike.

"Bill's a good umpire," Piniella said, "but he had a rough night tonight."

Notes

The Orioles put RHP Sidney Ponson (calf) and OF B.J. Surhoff (groin) on the 15-day disabled list, part of a series of moves involving six players. Newcomer Alejando Freire, in his major-league debut, went 0-for-4 as the DH, the only Baltimore starter to go hitless. ... Mora snapped a 2-for-28 skid with a fifth-inning single. ... Tampa Bay has allowed the most homers in the AL (136).

 
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Players of the Game
Baltimore

E. Byrnes
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Tampa Bay

T. Hall
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Julio Lugo, SS3000103 .301
Carl Crawford, LF4000012 .293
Jorge Cantu, 3B3000101 .287
Jonny Gomes, RF4110022 .283
Aubrey Huff, DH4000001 .263
Eduardo Perez, 1B3100120 .252
Damon Hollins, CF3020110 .272
Toby Hall, C4022002 .290
Nick Green, 2B4010012 .253
Totals322624713 
Batting
2B - Nick Green (12, Bedard)
RBI - Toby Hall 2 (35)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Green-Lugo-Perez, Cantu-Green-Perez
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Scott Kazmir (L,6-8) 6.1833451 4.22
Chad Orvella 0.2322100 4.28
Travis Harper 1100000 7.36
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Kazmir 111-68, Chad Orvella 26-17, Travis Harper 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Kazmir 4-7, Travis Harper 1-2
Batters Faced - Scott Kazmir 28, Chad Orvella 6, Travis Harper 4
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B4110013 .325
Eric Byrnes, LF3212201 .261
Melvin Mora, 3B4121011 .288
Miguel Tejada, SS3021101 .319
Javy Lopez, C4021002 .270
Sammy Sosa, RF4010024 .235
Alejandro Freire, DH4000003 .000
Luis Matos, CF3020100 .290
Chris Gomez, 1B2110111 .281
Totals3151255516 
Batting
HR - Eric Byrnes (9, Kazmir)
SH - Brian Roberts (4), Chris Gomez (3)
RBI - Eric Byrnes 2 (36), Melvin Mora (52), Miguel Tejada (72), Javy Lopez (28)
CS - Luis Matos (5, 2nd base by Kazmir/Hall)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Tejada-B. Roberts-Gomez
Baltimore Orioles
Erik Bedard (W,6-4) 7522440 2.93
Jason Grimsley (H,3) 0.2000000 6.39
Tim Byrdak (H,4) 0.1000000 3.14
B.J. Ryan (S,24) 1100030 2.92
Pitches-Strikes - Erik Bedard 112-71, Jason Grimsley 6-4, Tim Byrdak 2-2, B.J. Ryan 19-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Erik Bedard 7-9, Jason Grimsley 1-1, Tim Byrdak 1-0
Batters Faced - Erik Bedard 29, Jason Grimsley 2, Tim Byrdak 1, B.J. Ryan 4
Game Information
Attendance - 34870
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Bill Hohn, First Base - Gerry Davis, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Bruce Dreckman