Tampa Bay at Baltimore

Orioles 16, Devil Rays 6

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

BALTIMORE -- Before they turn their attention toward the remaining 160 games, the Baltimore Orioles will savor the first two.

Jay Gibbons homered and drove in four runs, and Baltimore used a 16-hit attack to breeze past the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 16-6 Wednesday night.

The Orioles stand alone atop the AL East after totaling 25 runs on 30 hits -- including seven home runs -- in two wins over Tampa Bay.

As a follow-up to its season-opening 9-6 victory Monday, Baltimore cranked up the offense another notch against Seth McClung and a parade of relievers. As a result, the Orioles are 2-0 for the first time since 1997.

"It's just two games, but we're feeling pretty good about ourselves. Hopefully we can keep it rolling here," Gibbons said. "Everybody in the lineup has contributed."

Melvin Mora and rookie Nick Markakis homered, Ramon Hernandez went 2-for-2 with two walks and three RBI, and Brian Roberts had two hits and three RBI. Hernandez is 5-for-5 with three walks and five RBI in his first two games as an Oriole.

"There are a lot of games left. You're going to get hot, and you're going to get cold," Hernandez said.

Right now, the Orioles' bats are sizzling. Every starter except Corey Patterson got at least one hit, and seven different players had at least one RBI.

"It's a long season. Maybe we'll win 2-1 tomorrow night," first-year manager Sam Perlozzo said.

Erik Bedard (1-0) allowed three runs, three walks and eight hits in five innings. He wasn't particularly sharp, but it didn't matter because Baltimore went up 5-1 in the first inning and pulled away with a six-run fourth.

Only 16,083 showed up on a chilly night, the smallest crowd in the 15-year history of Camden Yards.

Jorge Cantu homered and Toby Hall had two RBI for the Devil Rays, who fell to 0-2 under rookie manager Joe Maddon. McClung (0-1) gave up seven runs and a career-high seven walks in three-plus innings.

"It's just a bad night, that's all. It's the second game of the year; we've got plenty more to go," Maddon said. "I don't know if we're pitching that bad or they've been hitting the ball that well."

Tampa Bay went up 1-0 in the first inning when Ty Wigginton hit an RBI single in his first at-bat with the Devil Rays.

Baltimore batted around in the bottom half. A single and two walks loaded the bases for Gibbons, who doubled in two runs. Kevin Millar followed with an RBI single, Javy Lopez drove in a run with a groundout and Hernandez capped the uprising with a run-scoring double.

The Devil Rays closed to 5-2 in the fourth when Lee hit a leadoff double and scored on an infield hit by Carl Crawford.

In the bottom half, McClung was lifted after walking the first two batters. He faced 21 batters, and walked a third of them. Five others got hits.

"It's not the way you want to get started, but that's the way I did start. It's over. I don't worry about it," he said. "I just had a bad day. Bad day at work today. No panic button -- I'm not going to over-think it. The disappointment is I put my team in a bad situation and we lost. My fault."

McClung was replaced by Jesus Colome, who retired Miguel Tejada before leaving with tightness in his right shoulder after going to 2-0 on Gibbons. Brian Meadows completed the walk, then gave up RBI singles to Millar and Lopez before Hernandez hit a sacrifice fly.

The inning was extended when Hall was called for catcher's interference, and Roberts followed with a three-run double for an 11-2 lead.

Hall hit a run-scoring grounder in the fifth. In the Orioles' half, Mora hit a leadoff homer, Tejada singled and Gibbons homered to make it 15-3.


The Devil Rays played without SS Julio Lugo, who has a strained abdominal muscle. ... Markakis walked in each of his first three plate appearances in the majors, then hit two fly balls before homering off Dan Miceli in the eighth. ... McClung was 3-0 with a 2.33 ERA lifetime against Baltimore. ... Tampa Bay is 0-2 for only the second time in franchise history.

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Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Carl Crawford, LF5021013 .250
Jorge Cantu, 2B4122002 .429
Jonny Gomes, RF1100210 .400
   a- Russell Branyan, PH-RF2000001 .000
Aubrey Huff, DH2210201 .167
   b- Josh Paul, PH-DH10100001.000
Ty Wigginton, 3B5021004 .400
Toby Hall, C4012003 .125
Travis Lee, 1B5110016 .222
Nick Green, SS3100112 .000
Damon Hollins, CF4030000 .429
a-grounded out for Gomes in the 6th
b-doubled for Huff in the 9th
2B - Josh Paul (1, Rleal), Ty Wigginton (1, Bedard), Toby Hall (1, Brower), Travis Lee (1, Bedard)
HR - Jorge Cantu (1, DuBose)
SF - Jorge Cantu (2)
RBI - Carl Crawford (1), Jorge Cantu 2 (4), Ty Wigginton (1), Toby Hall 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Jorge Cantu (1), Ty Wigginton (1)
Team LOB - 10
E - Toby Hall (1, )
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Seth McClung (L,0-1) 3577730 21.00
Jesus Colome 0.1011100 27.00
Brian Meadows 1.2874002 21.60
Travis Harper 1200000 0.00
Ruddy Lugo 1000110 7.71
Dan Miceli 1111001 9.00
WP - Travis Harper (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Seth McClung 95-47, Jesus Colome 4-1, Brian Meadows 29-23, Travis Harper 9-6, Ruddy Lugo 19-10, Dan Miceli 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Seth McClung 4-2, Brian Meadows 1-4, Ruddy Lugo 2-0, Dan Miceli 1-2
Batters Faced - Seth McClung 21, Jesus Colome 2, Brian Meadows 14, Travis Harper 5, Ruddy Lugo 4, Dan Miceli 4
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B6123015 .300
Nick Markakis, LF-RF3211301 .333
Melvin Mora, 3B5311102 .333
Miguel Tejada, SS5220112 .400
Jay Gibbons, RF3334100 .500
    David Newhan, LF2010000 .500
Kevin Millar, 1B4222102 .500
    Chris Gomez, 1B0000000 .000
Javy Lopez, DH5222012 .375
Ramon Hernandez, C20232001.000
    Raul Chavez, C0000000 .000
Corey Patterson, CF4100015 .000
2B - Brian Roberts (1, Meadows), Jay Gibbons 2 (3, McClung, McClung), Javy Lopez (1, Meadows), Ramon Hernandez (1, McClung)
HR - Nick Markakis (1, Miceli), Melvin Mora (2, Meadows), Jay Gibbons (1, Meadows)
SF - Ramon Hernandez (1)
RBI - Brian Roberts 3 (3), Nick Markakis (1), Melvin Mora (2), Jay Gibbons 4 (5), Kevin Millar 2 (3), Javy Lopez 2 (3), Ramon Hernandez 3 (5)
2-OUT RBI - Brian Roberts 3 (3), Ramon Hernandez (3)
Team LOB - 10
DP - Tejada-B. Roberts-Millar, Tejada-B. Roberts-Millar, Tejada-Millar
Baltimore Orioles
Erik Bedard (W,1-0) 5833320 5.40
Jim Brower 2222220 9.00
Eric DuBose 1211001 9.00
Sendy Rleal 1100000 0.00
HBP - Hall (by Erik Bedard)
WP - Jim Brower (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Erik Bedard 82-49, Jim Brower 43-25, Eric DuBose 22-13, Sendy Rleal 6-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Erik Bedard 7-4, Jim Brower 2-2, Eric DuBose 1-1, Sendy Rleal 2-1
Batters Faced - Erik Bedard 25, Jim Brower 10, Eric DuBose 4, Sendy Rleal 4
Game Information
Attendance - 16083
Game Time - 3:10
Temperature - 52
Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Ed Montague