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Tampa Bay at Baltimore

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Tampa Bay (38-63)0111200027101
Baltimore (47-53) «01500004x10120

Orioles 10, Devil Rays 7

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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BALTIMORE -- There was no music in the clubhouse, no loud laughter. Maybe it's because the Baltimore Orioles figured it wouldn't be right to celebrate too heartily after a three-game sweep of the woeful Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Or maybe it was because they knew the New York Yankees are coming to town.

Brian Roberts hit a three-run homer, walked three times and scored twice, leading the Orioles past Tampa Bay 10-7 Thursday.

Kevin Millar, Nick Markakis and Chris Gomez had two RBI apiece for the Orioles, now 9-4 since the All-Star break. Baltimore has won four in a row and is 18-13 under interim manager Dave Trembley.

"I think this team is playing as good as we have all year long," Millar said. "We're finding a way to win, whether it's pitching, defense or outslugging the other team."

The validity of that statement will be tested this weekend, when Baltimore hosts the Yankees in a three-game series after completing a game suspended on June 28.

"It's as big as there is all year. We've got a hot team coming to town," Millar said. "I think we've been playing great baseball, so it's going to be a great series. We've got to bring our A game."

The Orioles had it going against the Devil Rays. After winning 3-0 and 6-1, they completed the sweep with a 12-hit attack.

"Everybody's picked it up, everybody's stepped up. It's been fun," Roberts said.

And then there are the Devil Rays, who have been outscored 64-20 during a six-game skid that included three losses in New York. Despite getting home runs from Carlos Pena and Ty Wigginton, Tampa Bay lost its ninth consecutive in Baltimore and fell to 1-8 against the Orioles this season.

The Devil Rays are 5-23 since June 25 and 4-19 in their last 23 road games.

"We've got to turn that around. We ran into the Yankees, and four games in three days hurt us there," manager Joe Maddon said. "These guys, we caught them at a bad time. They're playing pretty good."

Tampa Bay cut a four-run deficit to 6-5 in the fifth, but the Orioles pulled away with a four-run eighth against Al Reyes. After Jay Payton hit a sacrifice fly, Roberts hit his seventh homer.

The Devil Rays then scored two in the ninth off rookie Cory Doyne.

"I sure am glad we got that three-run homer in the eighth," Trembley said.

The victory put the Orioles (47-53) within six games of .500 for the first time since June 12. They were 29-40 when Trembley replaced fired manager Sam Perlozzo.

"We weren't playing up to our capabilities, and the last three weeks or so we have," Trembley said. "The reason we're going that is because guys are buying into playing as a team. We get contributions from a lot of people a lot of different ways."

Rob Bell (3-1), the first of four Baltimore relievers, induced four consecutive outs after replacing ineffective starter Steve Trachsel.

Trachsel gave up five runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings, extending his run of starts without a win to six. He's 0-3 in that span.

"It wasn't a problem throwing strikes. It's that the strikes were up in the zone," Trachsel said. "I wasn't making very good pitches."

Tampa Bay starter Edwin Jackson (2-10) allowed six runs, seven hits and three walks in 3 1/3 innings. He threw six shutout innings against the Yankees in his previous start, but couldn't up with an encore and walked off the mound with a 7.00 ERA.

"It's not really disappointment. I know what I did. It's all on me," Jackson said. "I have to remind myself to be more aggressive and not to get behind in the count."

Pena's 24th homer put the Devil Rays up 1-0 in the first inning, their first lead in the series. Millar doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Gomez in the bottom half.

Carl Crawford doubled in a run in the Tampa Bay third. Baltimore batted around for only the third time this season in its half, scoring five times to take a 6-2 lead. Markakis hit a two-run single and Millar drove in two runs with a ground-rule double before scoring on a single by Gomez.

Wigginton hit his 16th homer in the fourth, and the Devil Rays used RBI singles by B.J. Upton and Delmon Young to chase Trachsel in the fifth.

Upton left the game in the seventh inning with back and leg cramps.

Notes

  • Brandon Fahey had three hits for the Orioles, who have won six in a row at home.
  • Seventeen of Pena's 24 homers have been solo shots.
  • Tampa Bay is 4-17 at Camden Yards over the last three seasons.
 
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Players of the Game
Baltimore

B. Roberts
AB 2
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Tampa Bay

C. Pena
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Akinori Iwamura, 3B4111001 .281
Carl Crawford, LF5021011 .290
B.J. Upton, CF3121100 .340
    Greg Norton, RF1011000 .206
Carlos Pena, 1B4111114 .283
Delmon Young, RF-CF3011110 .293
Ty Wigginton, 2B4111003 .274
Jonny Gomes, DH4000020 .263
Dioner Navarro, C2100100 .178
   a- Brendan Harris, PH0100100 .302
Josh Wilson, SS3000001 .252
   b- Raul Casanova, PH1110000 .250
Totals34710755  
a-walked for Navarro in the 9th
b-singled for Wilson in the 9th
Batting
2B - Carl Crawford (25, Trachsel)
HR - Carlos Pena (24, Trachsel), Ty Wigginton (16, Trachsel)
SF - Akinori Iwamura (3)
RBI - Akinori Iwamura (14), Carl Crawford (54), B.J. Upton (42), Greg Norton (10), Carlos Pena (65), Delmon Young (53), Ty Wigginton (49)
2-OUT RBI - Carl Crawford (21), B.J. Upton (13), Greg Norton (4), Delmon Young (19)
SB - Carl Crawford (32, 3rd base off Trachsel/Bako)
CS - Carl Crawford (8, 2nd base by Trachsel/Bako)
Fielding
E - B.J. Upton (13, Throwing)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Edwin Jackson (L,2-10) 3.1766320 7.00
Scott Dohmann 1.2000020 7.71
Juan Salas 1000110 3.38
Gary Glover 1100010 4.80
Al Reyes 1444011 4.75
Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 86-47, Scott Dohmann 25-17, Juan Salas 15-8, Gary Glover 21-14, Al Reyes 20-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 5-2, Scott Dohmann 2-1, Juan Salas 1-1
Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 19, Scott Dohmann 5, Juan Salas 4, Gary Glover 3, Al Reyes 7
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B2213301 .311
Corey Patterson, CF5000025 .259
Nick Markakis, RF4122022 .291
Kevin Millar, 1B4222011 .273
Aubrey Huff, DH4010003 .253
    Luis Hernandez, PR-DH0100000 .321
Chris Gomez, 3B3122000 .307
Jay Gibbons, LF3000001 .215
    Jay Payton, LF0001000 .270
Paul Bako, C4110021 .208
Brandon Fahey, SS3230100 .250
Totals3210121047  
Batting
2B - Kevin Millar 2 (16, Jackson, Jackson), Paul Bako (2, Jackson)
3B - Brandon Fahey (1, Jackson)
HR - Brian Roberts (7, Reyes)
SF - Chris Gomez (1), Jay Payton (2)
RBI - Brian Roberts 3 (34), Nick Markakis 2 (62), Kevin Millar 2 (43), Chris Gomez 2 (15), Jay Payton (37)
2-OUT RBI - Brian Roberts 3 (16), Chris Gomez (3)
SB - Brian Roberts (30, 2nd base off Dohmann/Navarro)
CS - Brian Roberts (6, 2nd base by Jackson/Navarro), Nick Markakis (2, 2nd base by Glover/Navarro)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Gomez-B. Roberts-Millar
Baltimore Orioles
Steve Trachsel 4.2755332 5.26
Rob Bell (W,3-1) 1.1000000 3.24
Jamie Walker (H,17) 1100010 2.56
Paul Shuey (H,4) 1000110 4.91
Cory Doyne 1222100 7.71
WP - Steve Trachsel (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Steve Trachsel 70-42, Rob Bell 17-10, Jamie Walker 13-9, Paul Shuey 15-7, Cory Doyne 22-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Steve Trachsel 2-8, Rob Bell 2-2, Paul Shuey 1-0
Batters Faced - Steve Trachsel 23, Rob Bell 4, Jamie Walker 4, Paul Shuey 3, Cory Doyne 6
Game Information
Attendance - 22393
Game Time - 3:08
Temperature - 92
Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Adam Dowdy, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Tom Hallion