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Orioles top Rays in ninth, deal Conine to Phillies after game

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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BALTIMORE -- Jeff Conine had already been traded when he stepped to the plate in the eighth inning.

He didn't know about the deal that sent him from the Baltimore Orioles to the Philadelphia Phillies, which was agreed upon one inning earlier. All he knew was that the Orioles needed a run to pull even with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Conine delivered an RBI double in what turned out to be his final at-bat with Baltimore, and the Orioles went on to beat the Devil Rays 5-4 Sunday.

The trade that sent Conine and cash to the Phillies for a player to be named, was announced after the game.

"I was kind of hoping he'd be the one to put us ahead," Baltimore manager Sam Perlozzo said. "It's just a tribute to him, because he's known probably this (trade was) a distinct possibility. And still he was able to go out there with a level head and help his team."

Miguel Tejada singled in the winning run with one out in the ninth inning, leaving the Devil Rays with their 10th consecutive loss on the road. The game ended with Conine in the on-deck circle, but he had two RBI to help the Orioles win a second in a row in their final at-bat.

"It's kind of bittersweet," Conine said before packing his bags. "I love it here in Baltimore, but on the flip side you get to go play in a pennant race and try to make it to the postseason one more time."

The Orioles long ago dropped out of contention, but they're not coasting to the finish. Their sweep of Tampa Bay gave them eight wins in 11 games.

With one out in the ninth, Nick Markakis singled off Seth McClung (4-12). After Melvin Mora walked on a 3-2 pitch, Tejada grounded a single to right, and Markakis beat Greg Norton's throw home with a headfirst slide.

LaTroy Hawkins (2-2) worked the ninth for Baltimore.

Kevin Witt homered for the Devil Rays, whose 10-game road skid is the second-longest in franchise history. They lost 13 in a row on the road in 2002.

Tampa Bay is 1-18 on the road since the All-Star break.

"We have to get better in certain areas. We know that," Devil Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "But the one area that I'm glad we're not having to get better is intensity. It's just a matter of execution in the right spots. Eventually it will show up for us."

The Devil Rays recorded 13 hits, at least one by every starter, but stranded 13.

"It was there for us. We just couldn't get it done," Maddon said. "It's frustrating."

Devil Rays starter J.P. Howell gave up two runs and six hits in six innings, striking out six and walking one. He was called up from the minors on Friday to replace Scott Kazmir, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with left shoulder tightness.

Howell left with the Devil Rays up 4-2, but the bullpen couldn't hold the lead.

Orioles starter Adam Loewen allowed three runs and nine hits in five innings. He had yielded a total of three runs in his previous two starts.

Baltimore closed to 4-3 against Ruddy Lugo in the seventh. Kevin Millar hit a leadoff double, took third on an infield hit by Corey Patterson and scored on grounder by Brandon Fahey.

Patterson was called out at second on the fielder's choice, although replays showed he beat the throw. Perlozzo argued to no avail, and the play proved significant when Brian Roberts hit a two-out single to right before Jon Switzer struck out Markakis with runners on the corners.

In the eighth, however, Baltimore used successive doubles by Tejada and Conine to tie it at 4-all. But the Orioles left the bases loaded, as did the Devil Rays in the top of the inning.

Both teams scored twice in the fourth. Singles by B.J. Upton, Dioner Navarro and Norton gave Tampa Bay a 3-2 lead in the fifth, and Witt connected off rookie James Hoey in the sixth. It was his first homer since 2003, when he played for Detroit.

Notes

  • Witt's home run was the only one by the Devil Rays in the series. It was their 153rd of the season, nine short of the team record (2000).
  • Tejada grounded into a double-play for the 26th time, most in the AL. But he made a brilliant throw from SS to retire Damon Hollins in the seventh.
  • Rocco Baldelli went 2-for-5 before leaving in the eighth inning with cramps in his left hamstring. He has six multihit games in his last eight starts.
 
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Nick Markakis slides in past Dioner Navarro, who fails to control the ball, for the winning run.  (AP)
Nick Markakis slides in past Dioner Navarro, who fails to control the ball, for the winning run. (AP)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

M. Tejada
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Tampa Bay

K. Witt
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Rocco Baldelli, CF5020001 .299
    Carl Crawford, PR-LF0000000 .315
B.J. Upton, 3B4110111 .225
Dioner Navarro, C4010103 .267
Greg Norton, RF4011105 .306
Jorge Cantu, 2B5120014 .243
Damon Hollins, LF-CF5111003 .228
Travis Lee, 1B4011111 .221
Ben Zobrist, SS5020004 .226
Kevin Witt, DH4121002 .222
Totals4041344324 
Batting
2B - Rocco Baldelli (17, Loewen), Damon Hollins (16, Loewen), Ben Zobrist (5, Byrdak)
HR - Kevin Witt (1, Hoey)
RBI - Greg Norton (26), Damon Hollins (30), Travis Lee (30), Kevin Witt (1)
SB - Rocco Baldelli (7, 2nd base off Loewen/Widger), B.J. Upton (4, 2nd base off Hoey/Widger)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Howell-Zobrist-Lee, Cantu-Zobrist-Lee
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
J.P. Howell 6622160 7.53
Ruddy Lugo (H,7) 0.2211000 3.95
Jon Switzer (H,5) 0.1100010 5.82
Dan Miceli (BS,2) 0.1211000 4.87
Seth McClung (L,4-12) 1211320 6.53
IBB - Patterson by Seth McClung
Pitches-Strikes - J.P. Howell 81-54, Ruddy Lugo 13-11, Jon Switzer 9-7, Dan Miceli 11-4, Seth McClung 42-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J.P. Howell 5-5, Ruddy Lugo 1-1
Batters Faced - J.P. Howell 23, Ruddy Lugo 4, Jon Switzer 2, Dan Miceli 3, Seth McClung 8
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B5020011 .293
Nick Markakis, RF5220014 .309
Melvin Mora, 3B4120110 .279
Miguel Tejada, SS5121011 .330
Jeff Conine, DH3012010 .265
Kevin Millar, 1B3121111 .248
Corey Patterson, CF3010112 .274
Brandon Fahey, LF3001120 .263
Chris Widger, C3010001 .176
   a- Ramon Hernandez, PH-C1000003 .264
Totals3551354913 
a-fouled out for Widger in the 8th
Batting
2B - Miguel Tejada (33, Miceli), Jeff Conine (20, Miceli), Kevin Millar (18, R. Lugo)
SF - Jeff Conine (5)
RBI - Miguel Tejada (87), Jeff Conine 2 (49), Kevin Millar (48), Brandon Fahey (22)
2-OUT RBI - Kevin Millar (10)
Team LOB - 10
Baltimore Orioles
Adam Loewen 5933220 5.56
James Hoey 2111111 3.86
Tim Byrdak0200000 11.57
Todd Williams 1000100 4.44
LaTroy Hawkins (W,2-2) 1100000 4.80
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Loewen 80-53, James Hoey 32-19, Tim Byrdak 7-5, Todd Williams 10-5, LaTroy Hawkins 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Loewen 8-5, James Hoey 3-2, Todd Williams 2-1, LaTroy Hawkins 2-1
Batters Faced - Adam Loewen 26, James Hoey 8, Tim Byrdak 2, Todd Williams 4, LaTroy Hawkins 4
Game Information
Attendance - 21301
Game Time - 3:11
Temperature - 89
Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Jim Reynolds, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom