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Orioles 4, Devil Rays 2

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Devil Rays manager Joe Maddon thought he might see a pitcher's duel and it turned out he was right.

Erik Bedard pitched seven strong innings to win his seventh consecutive start and Melvin Mora hit a tiebreaking RBI single during a two-run eighth inning as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Devil Rays 4-2 on Sunday.

Bedard (12-6) gave up two runs and three hits in a tight matchup with All-Star Scott Kazmir.

"I thought both pitchers pitched really well," Maddon said. "We talked about that before the game. You knew it could happen. Kaz's slider was very sharp. Bedard's breaking ball, he could throw it for strikes whenever he wanted to."

Bedard had nine strikeouts and three walks. The 27-year old left-hander has given up eight runs in 49 innings during his winning streak.

"He pitched great again," Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo said. "I don't know where we'd be without him. He's been outstanding."

Brian Roberts had a one-out double in the eighth off reliever Jon Switzer (1-1). Mora snapped a 2-all tie with his single off Edwin Jackson. Jeff Conine extended the lead to two later in the inning with a run-scoring single.

Chris Ray pitched the final two innings for his 24th save.

The 22-year-old Kazmir allowed two runs, seven hits, one walk and struck out 10 in seven innings. The left-hander is 0-2 in his last three starts, allowing nine runs in 19 1/3 innings.

"Bedard threw a good game," Kazmir said. "Had all of this stuff working. I just wanted to keep the team in the game. I knew we'd been battling throughout the whole thing. I felt like I made some good pitches in some tight situations, so I'll take all the good things out of this."

Kazmir has struck out 10 or more seven times in his career, including four this season. Tampa Bay pitchers overall have only 14 all-time 10 or more strikeout games.

Bedard was scratched from his scheduled start Friday because of food poisoning. He allowed two base runners -- both on walks -- through four innings.

"Early going I felt a little weak," Bedard said. "But as the game went on, I felt stronger. I just tried not to overthrow, and throw strikes."

Travis Lee walked to open the fifth, advanced to second on Bedard's wild pitch and scored on the Devil Rays' first hit, a two-out double by Tomas Perez that got Tampa Bay within 2-1. Jorge Cantu's sixth-inning run-scoring triple tied it at 2.

"He kept us off balanced for the most part," Tampa Bay right fielder Damon Hollins said. "He's been pitching well and today was no exception."

Javy Lopez put the Orioles ahead 1-0 on a third-inning homer. Ramon Hernandez made it 2-0 on an RBI double in the fourth.

Tampa Bay had a combined 27 runs and 32 hits in winning the first two games of the series. The Orioles recorded 19 runs and 30 hits over the stretch.

"If Erik would have struggled early, I would have worried about how the team would have responded," Perlozzo said. "Thank goodness he came out and pitched well, and we were able to get on top. I thought that was the key to the morale of the club."

Notes

  • Devil Rays SS Julio Lugo, who could be traded before the non-waiver deadline July 31, was out of the starting lineup. He was also taken out of Saturday night's game after hitting two homers in the fifth inning. "It's just a day off," Maddon said. "He's been getting after it real hard so I'm giving the day."
  • The Orioles (45-55) improved to 10-24 in games when the opponent starts a left-hander.
 
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Players of the Game
Baltimore

R. Hernandez
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Baltimore

E. Bedard
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 2
BB 3
K 9
 

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Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B4110021 .306
Melvin Mora, 3B4111010 .283
Miguel Tejada, SS4120021 .323
Jeff Conine, LF-1B4021012 .264
Ramon Hernandez, C4031010 .271
Kevin Millar, 1B3000102 .250
    Nick Markakis, RF0000000 .276
Javy Lopez, DH4111012 .273
Corey Patterson, CF3000022 .283
Luis Terrero, RF-LF3010011 .156
Totals33411411111 
Batting
2B - Brian Roberts (23, Switzer), Miguel Tejada (22, Kazmir), Jeff Conine (16, Kazmir), Ramon Hernandez (22, Kazmir)
HR - Javy Lopez (8, Kazmir)
RBI - Melvin Mora (52), Jeff Conine (36), Ramon Hernandez (66), Javy Lopez (30)
2-OUT RBI - Jeff Conine (12), Ramon Hernandez (26)
SB - Melvin Mora (6, 2nd base off Jackson/Paul)
CS - Luis Terrero (2, 2nd base by Kazmir/Paul)
PK - Jeff Conine (1, Kazmir)
Team LOB - 3
Baltimore Orioles
Erik Bedard (W,12-6) 7322390 3.94
Chris Ray (S,24) 2000010 2.81
WP - Erik Bedard (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Erik Bedard 105-64, Chris Ray 21-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Erik Bedard 7-5, Chris Ray 2-3
Batters Faced - Erik Bedard 27, Chris Ray 6
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Carl Crawford, LF4000032 .309
Rocco Baldelli, CF4000021 .289
Ty Wigginton, 3B4110000 .260
Jorge Cantu, 2B4011010 .266
Jonny Gomes, DH3000101 .227
Travis Lee, 1B3100101 .204
Damon Hollins, RF3000012 .215
Josh Paul, C2000121 .224
Tomas Perez, SS3011011 .188
Totals302323109 
Batting
2B - Tomas Perez (5, Bedard)
3B - Jorge Cantu (1, Bedard)
RBI - Jorge Cantu (39), Tomas Perez (10)
2-OUT RBI - Tomas Perez (4)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Carl Crawford 1, Damon Hollins 1
DP - Paul-Cantu, Wigginton-Cantu-Lee
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Scott Kazmir 77221101 3.36
Jon Switzer (L,1-1) 0.1111000 4.26
Edwin Jackson 1.2311010 7.52
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Kazmir 104-71, Jon Switzer 8-5, Edwin Jackson 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Kazmir 1-7, Edwin Jackson 1-1
Batters Faced - Scott Kazmir 26, Jon Switzer 2, Edwin Jackson 6
Game Information
Attendance - 23747
Game Time - 2:32
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Chuck Meriwether, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Jerry Crawford, Third Base - Brian O'Nora