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Orioles stage rally from six down to topple Devil Rays

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Freddie Bynum made the most of his first start this season.

Bynum and Melvin Mora each hit a two-run homer, and the Baltimore Orioles overcame a six-run deficit to beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 9-7 on Monday night.

Bynum's two-run shot pulled the Orioles to 7-3 in the sixth. His RBI grounder during a five-run seventh put Baltimore ahead 8-7. Aubrey Huff added a solo homer in the ninth.

Baltimore manager Sam Perlozzo, who earned his 100th major league win, said Bynum's homer was the turning point in the Orioles' fourth straight victory.

"It gave us some life and I thought the dugout responded that way," Perlozzo said. "I really think that's what got us going."

Bynum got the start after Corey Patterson went on bereavement leave following the death of his grandfather. Outfielder Jay Payton is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

"I'm glad I could just help the team," said Bynum, who homered in his sixth at-bat this year. "I'm just glad we got a win."

Mora drove in the Orioles' first run on a fifth-inning grounder and homered in the seventh. Jay Gibbons' two-run double off Jae Kuk Ryu (1-1) tied it at 7 in the seventh.

Ty Wigginton had a three-run double for Tampa Bay. James Shields gave up five runs and nine hits in 6 1/3 innings.

"I didn't pitch well when it counted," Shields said.

The Orioles committed three errors on one play in the third, allowing a run to score.

Brendan Harris started the inning with a single and scored when B.J. Upton reached third following a check-swing grounder.

Huff received the first error after misplaying Upton's grounder to first. Upton advanced to second and Harris to third when Huff got a second error for an errant throw that got past pitcher Adam Loewen, who was covering first base.

Orioles catcher Paul Bako backed up the play, but was charged with the third error when his bad throw toward the plate allowed Harris to score and let Upton reach third.

"It was the tale of two games," Huff said. "We started off really bad ... it couldn't get any worse. Made a circus play out there. A lot of character this team showed tonight."

It was the majors' first three-error play since Houston did it at home against San Diego in the fourth inning on May 23, 1998. First baseman J.R. Phillips was charged with two errors and second baseman Craig Biggio had the other.

Upton later scored when he beat Huff's throw to the plate on Ben Zobrist's sacrifice bunt.

The Devil Rays, holding a 2-0 lead, wasted a chance for a big inning later in the third when they failed to score after loading the bases with none out.

"We had the opportunity to score more runs but couldn't get the appropriate hit," manager Joe Maddon said.

Tampa Bay scored four times to go up 6-0 one inning later. Carl Crawford drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk to end Loewen's night. Wigginton greeted reliever Jeremy Guthrie (1-0) with a three-run double on his first pitch.

Loewen allowed six runs -- four earned -- and three hits in 3 2/3 innings. He walked five and struck out three. Guthrie gave up one run and one hit over 2 1/3 innings for his first major league win.

Chris Ray pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save in five opportunities.

In the fourth, Baltimore's Kevin Millar hit a ball off one of the two overhanging catwalks that are in play at Tropicana Field. After striking the structure, the ball landed in foul territory, which makes it a foul ball.

While the umpires were discussing the play, Millar circled the bases with a home run trot. After the ball was called foul, he returned to the plate and struck out.

Notes

  • Orioles RHP Jaret Wright (sore right shoulder) played catch for the second time since getting hurt.
  • Devil Rays RF Delmon Young went 0-for-4, ending his 12-game hitting streak.
  • Baltimore has at least one double in all 13 games this season.
  • Loewen has been getting treatment for a blister on his pitching hand, but said it wasn't a factor.
 
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Melvin Mora is safe at third on an eventful day that includes a home run, two hits and three RBI.  (AP)
Melvin Mora is safe at third on an eventful day that includes a home run, two hits and three RBI. (AP)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

M. Mora
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Tampa Bay

B. Harris
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B5120010 .222
Melvin Mora, 3B5123010 .259
Nick Markakis, RF5010012 .245
Miguel Tejada, SS4120111 .288
Aubrey Huff, 1B5221004 .264
    Chris Gomez, 1B0000000 .250
Jay Gibbons, LF5112000 .273
    Adam Stern, CF0000000 .000
Kevin Millar, DH3110220 .308
Freddie Bynum, CF-LF4113011 .143
Paul Bako, C4110032 .226
Totals409139310  
Batting
2B - Brian Roberts (4, Shields), Miguel Tejada (1, Ryu), Aubrey Huff (3, Ryu), Jay Gibbons (4, Ryu), Kevin Millar (4, Shields)
HR - Melvin Mora (3, Shields), Aubrey Huff (1, Salas), Freddie Bynum (1, Shields)
RBI - Melvin Mora 3 (12), Aubrey Huff (7), Jay Gibbons 2 (7), Freddie Bynum 3 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Freddie Bynum 2 (2)
SB - Brian Roberts (2, 3rd base off Shields/Navarro)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - B. Roberts-Tejada-Huff
E - Paul Bako (1, Throwing), Aubrey Huff 2 (2, Throwing)
Baltimore Orioles
Adam Loewen 3.2364530 3.95
Jeremy Guthrie (W,1-0) 2.1111330 3.38
Chad Bradford (H,3) 0.2200000 1.80
John Parrish (H,3) 0.1000010 0.00
Danys Baez (H,3) 1000010 4.05
Chris Ray (S,4) 1000010 4.70
HBP - Baldelli (by Adam Loewen)
WP - Jeremy Guthrie (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Loewen 97-50, Jeremy Guthrie 48-29, Chad Bradford 12-8, John Parrish 7-6, Danys Baez 6-5, Chris Ray 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Loewen 5-4, Jeremy Guthrie 4-1, Chad Bradford 2-0, Danys Baez 2-0
Batters Faced - Adam Loewen 21, Jeremy Guthrie 12, Chad Bradford 4, John Parrish 1, Danys Baez 3, Chris Ray 3
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Rocco Baldelli, DH2100202 .245
Ben Zobrist, SS4002016 .170
Carl Crawford, LF3101223 .241
Ty Wigginton, 1B5013023 .302
Delmon Young, RF4000113 .321
Dioner Navarro, C5010025 .229
Elijah Dukes, CF4110101 .171
Brendan Harris, 3B4230001 .429
   a- Akinori Iwamura, PH1000010 .385
B.J. Upton, 2B1200200 .382
Totals3376689  
a-struck out for Harris in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ty Wigginton (5, Guthrie)
SH - Ben Zobrist (1), B.J. Upton (1)
RBI - Ben Zobrist 2 (3), Carl Crawford (7), Ty Wigginton 3 (11)
2-OUT RBI - Carl Crawford (3), Ty Wigginton 3 (7)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Brendan Harris (1, Throwing)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
James Shields 6.1955252 5.40
Jae-Kuk Ryu (BS,1; L,1-1)0333000 6.75
Shawn Camp 0.2000110 10.80
Juan Salas 2111041 5.68
WP - Shawn Camp (1)
Pitches-Strikes - James Shields 104-66, Jae-Kuk Ryu 8-5, Shawn Camp 5-5, Juan Salas 27-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James Shields 8-6, Shawn Camp 1-0, Juan Salas 1-1
Batters Faced - James Shields 30, Jae-Kuk Ryu 3, Shawn Camp 3, Juan Salas 7
Game Information
Attendance - 9157
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Tim McClelland, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Paul Schrieber