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Huff haunts former team, spoils Shields' nine-inning gem

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BALTIMORE -- As he watched the ball soar over the center-field wall, Aubrey Huff wasn't thinking about how nice it was to beat his former team.

That pleasure came later, soon after he was mugged at the plate.

Huff homered with one out in bottom of the 10th inning, giving the Baltimore Orioles a 1-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Wednesday night.

After James Shields pitched nine brilliant innings for Tampa Bay, Brian Stokes (1-4) faced only two batters before giving up the game's lone run. Ramon Hernandez flied out before Huff hit a 1-1 pitch for his fourth homer -- the second against the Devil Rays.

"The ball hasn't been really carrying much here this year," he said. "I was hoping I got enough."

Huff played for five seasons in Tampa Bay and briefly with Houston last year before signing with Baltimore as a free agent in January.

Asked if he derived a measure of satisfaction from beating the Devil Rays, Huff said, "I honestly didn't know who I was playing when I saw the ball go over the fence. But I guess it's a little bit of bragging rights against some of the guys over there."

Devil Rays manager Joe Maddon expressed no hard feelings toward Huff, Tampa Bay's career leader in games, hits, homers and RBI.

"Good for him," Maddon said. "That's what he's supposed to do. If you make a mistake, he's supposed to hit it hard. It's just one of those things. He's an Oriole now. We just lost to the Orioles."

Upon scoring the winning run, Huff was pounded unmercifully by his teammates.

"It's a good feeling, a good pain," he said.

Stokes, a rookie, said of his ill-fated fastball: "I was going to pitch away from him, and if he was going to beat me he was going to beat me away. He beat me away."

John Parrish (1-0) worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the 10th, retiring B.J. Upton on a slow roller with two outs after yielding three straight singles.

By beating Tampa Bay for a second straight night, the Orioles clinched their first series win since a sweep of Toronto on April 21-23.

Shields failed to earn a win in his longest career outing. The right-hander allowed three hits, walked one and struck out four in becoming the first Devil Ray to go nine innings on the road since Mark Hendrickson in April 2006.

"I was feeling pretty good. For the most part until those last couple innings I had some good fastballs," Shields said. "I stayed in the ballgame as long as I could."

Not long enough for the Devil Rays, who stranded 11 runners.

"Those things happen. All I can do is keep our team in the game as long as I can and hope for the best," Shields said. "Unfortunately, it did not work out today."

The only Baltimore batter to reach over the first five innings was Huff, who singled with one out in the second. Shields then retired 11 straight batters before issuing a leadoff walk to Jay Gibbons in the sixth.

Kevin Millar had an infield hit with one out in the eighth, but pinch-runner Corey Patterson was thrown out trying to steal after Shields retired Gibbons on a foul pop.

Baltimore starter Erik Bedard struck out 10 in seven innings to take over the AL lead in strikeouts with 56. The left-hander allowed three hits, walked three and did not allow a runner past second base.

He struck out Ty Wigginton three times and got two strikeouts apiece against Rocco Baldelli, Delmon Young and Dioner Navarro.

After throwing 97 pitches, Bedard was replaced by Danys Baez, who hit Baldelli with a pitch to start the eighth before getting three straight outs.

Chris Ray worked out of trouble after giving up a one-out double to Young in the ninth.

Bedard allowed a first-inning double to Carl Crawford and two singles to Jorge Cantu through the opening five innings. In the sixth, Bedard walked Elijah Dukes and Crawford with one out before striking out Wigginton and retiring Upton on a fielder's choice.

Notes

  • The Devil Rays have yet to steal a base in May after swiping a major league-high 28 in April.
  • Baltimore started the night with 144 runs scored and 144 allowed.
 
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O's pitching coach Leo Mazzone is first in line to congratulate Aubrey Huff for his clutch homer.  (AP)
O's pitching coach Leo Mazzone is first in line to congratulate Aubrey Huff for his clutch homer. (AP)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

A. Huff
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Baltimore

E. Bedard
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 3
K 10
 
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Rocco Baldelli, DH4010020 .233
Elijah Dukes, CF4000112 .213
Carl Crawford, LF4020110 .290
Ty Wigginton, 3B5010034 .258
B.J. Upton, 2B5000005 .349
Delmon Young, RF4010020 .240
Jorge Cantu, 1B2020100 .308
    Carlos Pena, 1B1000001 .257
Dioner Navarro, C4000024 .198
Brendan Harris, SS4000002 .325
Totals37070311  
Batting
2B - Carl Crawford (10, Bedard), Delmon Young (6, Ray)
Team LOB - 11
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
James Shields 9300140 3.10
Brian Stokes (L,1-4) 0.1111001 7.20
Pitches-Strikes - James Shields 107-65, Brian Stokes 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James Shields 8-14
Batters Faced - James Shields 30, Brian Stokes 2
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B4010011 .275
Nick Markakis, RF4000012 .235
Miguel Tejada, SS4000001 .333
Ramon Hernandez, C4000010 .293
Aubrey Huff, DH4121000 .262
Melvin Mora, 3B3000011 .248
Kevin Millar, 1B3010001 .238
    Corey Patterson, PR-CF0000000 .233
Jay Gibbons, LF2000101 .209
    Chris Gomez, 1B0000000 .303
Jay Payton, CF-LF3000002 .286
Totals3114114  
Batting
2B - Brian Roberts (9, Shields)
HR - Aubrey Huff (4, Stokes)
RBI - Aubrey Huff (15)
CS - Corey Patterson (2, 2nd base by Shields/Navarro)
Team LOB - 3
Baltimore Orioles
Erik Bedard 73003100 4.79
Danys Baez 1000000 3.31
Chris Ray 1100000 3.63
John Parrish (W,1-0) 1300010 4.70
HBP - Baldelli (by Danys Baez)
Pitches-Strikes - Erik Bedard 97-62, Danys Baez 9-5, Chris Ray 21-15, John Parrish 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Erik Bedard 6-5, Danys Baez 1-2, Chris Ray 1-2, John Parrish 1-1
Batters Faced - Erik Bedard 27, Danys Baez 4, Chris Ray 4, John Parrish 6
Game Information
Attendance - 14780
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Jerry Crawford, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi