Tampa Bay at Baltimore

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Orioles 6, Devil Rays 5 (11 innings)

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BALTIMORE -- When rookie right-hander Sendy Rleal came in to start the 10th inning, Melvin Mora told him, "You're going to win the game."

One inning later, Mora made it happen.

Mora singled in the winning run with two outs in the 11th inning, and the Baltimore Orioles overcame three Tampa Bay homers and a four-run deficit in a 6-5 victory Wednesday night.

Rleal (1-1) pitched two innings of one-hit ball to earn his first major league victory and cap a marvelous job by the Baltimore bullpen. Five Orioles relievers combined to blank the Devil Rays on three hits over the final seven innings.

Luis Matos, who entered as a pinch runner in the eighth inning, led off the 11th against Tyler Walker (1-3).

"I told Sendy that if Matos gets on base, we're going to score," Mora said.

Matos singled and took second on a sacrifice bunt by Nick Markakis. After Brian Roberts lined out to left, Mora hit a 3-2 pitch into the left-field corner that eluded Carl Crawford and bounced off the wall, scoring Matos without a throw.

"I was just talking to the ball: 'Get down ball, get down ball,"' Mora said.

The baseball complied, and the Orioles had their third straight victory.

Baltimore trailed 5-1 in the fifth before rallying to hand the Devil Rays their season-high sixth straight loss. Tampa Bay is 1-8 on a 10-game road trip that ends Thursday.

"It sure leaves a sour taste to leave the stadium with a loss, especially like this," said Tampa Bay center fielder Joey Gathright, whose misplay of a fly ball helped fuel Baltimore's comeback.

Crawford hit a three-run homer, and Toby Hall and Damon Hollins added solo shots for the Devil Rays. All three connected off Bruce Chen, who has yielded a major league-high 17 home runs this season -- including seven in two starts against Tampa Bay.

But after Chen left, the Devil Rays were powerless against relievers Chris Britton, Kurt Birkins, Todd Williams, LaTroy Hawkins and Rleal.

"They came in and it was lights out," Hollins said.

Making his major league debut, Devil Rays starter James Shields allowed five runs and nine hits in five innings. The right-hander struck out five and walked three.

Down 5-1, the Orioles pulled even with a four-run fifth. Jeff Conine received credit for a double when Gathright lost his fly ball in the lights, and Kevin Millar followed with an RBI double before Markakis and Ramon Hernandez delivered run-scoring singles.

Shields ended his stint on a positive note by retiring Conine on a fly ball with the bases loaded and two outs.

"Shields threw the ball well. We lost the ball in the twilight and that opened the door to them a little bit," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said.

The four-run uprising enabled Chen to avoid falling to 0-6. The left-hander allowed five runs in four innings, a performance that lifted his ERA to 7.71.

"I thought I had good control early in the game, but I left some pitches up and they cost me," Chen said.

Crawford gave Tampa Bay a 3-0 lead in the third inning with his fifth homer, a drive that cleared the 25-foot scoreboard in right.

Conine doubled and scored on a single by Markakis in the bottom half, but Hall and Hollins connected in the fourth to put the Devil Rays up 5-1. It was Hall's seventh homer and Hollins' sixth, the second in two nights.

But the lead wouldn't last.

"We can't let morale slip. It's a loss, it's not good, but there were a lot of good things in that game," Maddon said. "You can't let these close games drag you down."

Notes

All six of Hollins' homers have been solo shots. ... Baltimore's Miguel Tejada grounded into two DPs, giving him an AL-high 12 this season. ... Orioles RHP Daniel Cabrera, on the 15-day DL with a strained shoulder, pitched four hitless innings against Erie in a rehab stint with Double-A Bowie. He struck out seven and walked one. ... Baltimore is 1-1 in extra innings; Tampa Bay is 2-2.

 
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Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

C. Crawford
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Baltimore

M. Mora
AB 6
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Julio Lugo, SS5100100 .260
Carl Crawford, LF4123010 .295
Jonny Gomes, DH5010012 .268
Aubrey Huff, 3B3000201 .176
Ty Wigginton, 2B5010014 .260
Toby Hall, C5111001 .264
Travis Lee, 1B4020101 .212
Damon Hollins, RF-CF5221002 .262
Joey Gathright, CF2000001 .197
   a- Greg Norton, PH1000001 .294
    Russell Branyan, RF1000000 .181
Totals405954313 
a-grounded out for Gathright in the 8th
Batting
HR - Carl Crawford (5, Chen), Toby Hall (7, Chen), Damon Hollins (7, Chen)
SH - Carl Crawford (6), Joey Gathright (4)
RBI - Carl Crawford 3 (25), Toby Hall (17), Damon Hollins (10)
2-OUT RBI - Carl Crawford 3 (14), Damon Hollins (4)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Lugo-Wigginton-Lee, Huff-Lee, Lugo-Lee
PB - Toby Hall (2)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Jamie Shields 5955350 9.00
Brian Meadows 2100020 5.71
Chad Harville 3100220 2.89
Tyler Walker (L,1-4) 0.2211000 7.52
IBB - Patterson by Jamie Shields
Pitches-Strikes - Jamie Shields 84-49, Brian Meadows 24-15, Chad Harville 19-11, Tyler Walker 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jamie Shields 4-4, Brian Meadows 1-3, Chad Harville 4-2, Tyler Walker 1-1
Batters Faced - Jamie Shields 25, Brian Meadows 7, Chad Harville 11, Tyler Walker 4
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B4100211 .325
Melvin Mora, 3B6031012 .307
Miguel Tejada, SS4011102 .321
Javy Lopez, DH5010033 .268
Ramon Hernandez, C5011001 .286
Corey Patterson, CF4010110 .290
Jeff Conine, LF-1B4220003 .233
Kevin Millar, 1B3111121 .236
    Luis Matos, PR-LF1110000 .169
Nick Markakis, RF4122011 .219
Totals4061365914 
Batting
2B - Jeff Conine 2 (9, Shields, Shields), Kevin Millar (6, Shields)
SH - Jeff Conine (1), Nick Markakis (1)
RBI - Melvin Mora (28), Miguel Tejada (40), Ramon Hernandez (39), Kevin Millar (17), Nick Markakis 2 (13)
2-OUT RBI - Melvin Mora (15), Ramon Hernandez (19)
SB - Miguel Tejada (2, 2nd base off Harville/Hall), Corey Patterson (19, 2nd base off Harville/Hall)
Team LOB - 9
Baltimore Orioles
Bruce Chen 4655003 7.71
Chris Britton 1.2200100 1.93
Kurt Birkins 0.2000100 0.61
Todd Williams 0.2000120 4.50
LaTroy Hawkins 2000110 4.30
Sendy Rleal (W,1-1) 2100000 3.38
WP - Todd Williams (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Bruce Chen 72-52, Chris Britton 33-21, Kurt Birkins 10-4, Todd Williams 14-6, LaTroy Hawkins 27-16, Sendy Rleal 22-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bruce Chen 5-7, Chris Britton 2-3, Kurt Birkins 2-0, LaTroy Hawkins 3-2, Sendy Rleal 3-3
Batters Faced - Bruce Chen 18, Chris Britton 8, Kurt Birkins 3, Todd Williams 3, LaTroy Hawkins 7, Sendy Rleal 7
Game Information
Attendance - 16134
Game Time - 3:20
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Adam Dowdy, Third Base - Wally Bell