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Rays rally, pound O's with 11-run eighth inning

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BALTIMORE -- Why, something like this hadn't happened at Camden Yards in ...

Five days.

Tampa Bay's scored 11 eighth-inning runs during another horrible performance by Baltimore's bullpen, and the Orioles wasted six home runs Tuesday night in a 15-8 loss, their seventh straight.

The Devil Rays trailed 6-3 before sending 15 batters to the plate in the eighth. Nine got hits, three walked, and seven different players drove in runs -- including two apiece by Greg Norton, Carlos Pena, Dioner Navarro and Jonny Gomes.

It was another formidable outburst at the expense of the Orioles. For the Devil Rays, though, it was decidedly unique.

"That's the first time I've ever seen anything like it," said B.J. Upton, who had two hits in the inning. "We just wanted to put a couple of runs up. ... It just snowballed after that."

The damage came against relievers Jim Hoey (one out, five runs allowed), Brian Burres (no outs, three runs) and Chad Bradford (one out, three runs). Kurt Birkins got the final out.

Burres yielded eight runs Wednesday in Baltimore's 30-3 loss to Texas. The Orioles' bullpen surrendered 24 runs in that game and has yielded 46 runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings during the seven-game skid.

Baltimore has been outscored 85-28 during their losing streak. All the defeats have occurred since the Orioles announced manager Dave Trembley would return in 2008.

"It's not fun. It's embarrassing, it's tiring. It's not good," Baltimore second baseman Brian Roberts said. "I've been through this too many times. It's not a lack of effort, it's not a lack of trying, it's not a lack of preparation. It's just not working out."

Miguel Tejada homered twice for Baltimore, which tied a club record for home runs in a home game. Nick Markakis, Aubrey Huff, Kevin Millar and Ramon Hernandez also connected.

"It's a nice accomplishment but it doesn't do much because you lost the game," Trembley said. "And it is not a whole lot of fun to lose like we did."

Hernandez's home run, which made it 6-3 in the seventh, snapped an 0-for-26 drought and was only his fourth hit in 51 at-bats.

Tejada and Millar homered successively in the bottom of the eighth, an inning that lasted 1 hour, 1 minute and 46 seconds.

"It was crazy out there. It's crazy when things happen like that," Pena said. "We were able to score all those runs in that inning, and they came right back at us. It turned into a slugfest at the end."

It was the second time this season Baltimore hit consecutive home runs; the first time came in the first inning, by Markakis and Tejada.

The eighth inning began with two hits and a walk loading the bases against Hoey (1-3). Navarro drew a walk to force in a run, and Norton followed with a two-run single. Carl Crawford followed a walk with an RBI single, Pena singled in two runs, B.J. Upton added an RBI single and Delmon Young singled before Brendan Harris hit into a force play, ending a run of nine straight Devil Rays reaching base.

"We've been on both sides of this event and it was nice to be able to do that," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said.

Not long into the uprising, a familiar feeling rushed over Tejada.

"When that inning started, it just brought that memory back," the shortstop said. "I didn't really think about that game anymore, but when that inning started I said, 'Please God, don't start another one. We don't want to be in the same situation as what happened last time."'

Much earlier, Pena hit his 31st home run.

Scott Dohmann (3-0) worked the seventh to help Tampa Bay end a nine-game losing streak at Camden Yards.

Three of Baltimore's home runs came off Devil Rays rookie Jason Hammel. He tied a career high by going six innings and avoided the loss when Tampa Bay rallied against Baltimore's struggling bullpen.

But the right-hander extended his run of starts without a win to 17, including eight this season. It's the longest streak to begin a career since Oakland's Mike Mohler went winless in all 20 of his career starts from 1993-97.

Orioles starter Daniel Cabrera allowed three runs and five hits in six innings. Bidding to improve his lifetime record against Tampa Bay to 7-0, Cabrera left with a 5-3 lead.

Notes

  • Tampa Bay's 11 runs tied a team record for one inning, set on May 28, 2000, against Seattle.
  • The Devil Rays improved to 3-10 vs. Baltimore this season.
 
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The Rays' B.J. Upton finishes with three hits, two runs and an RBI, but can't rob this HR in center field.  (AP)
The Rays' B.J. Upton finishes with three hits, two runs and an RBI, but can't rob this HR in center field. (AP)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

N. Markakis
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Tampa Bay

C. Pena
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Akinori Iwamura, 3B5320120 .287
Carl Crawford, LF6123020 .312
Carlos Pena, 1B5223121 .274
B.J. Upton, CF5231110 .314
Delmon Young, RF4121123 .291
Brendan Harris, 2B5211003 .287
Jonny Gomes, DH3212210 .257
Dioner Navarro, C4112111 .205
Josh Wilson, SS3000011 .236
   a- Greg Norton, PH1012000 .216
    Joel Guzman, PR-SS1100011 .250
Totals42151515713  
a-singled for Wilson in the 8th
Batting
2B - Akinori Iwamura (15, Birkins), Jonny Gomes (14, Bradford)
3B - Akinori Iwamura (8, Cabrera)
HR - Carlos Pena (31, Cabrera)
RBI - Carl Crawford 3 (70), Carlos Pena 3 (89), B.J. Upton (65), Delmon Young (69), Brendan Harris (50), Jonny Gomes 2 (40), Dioner Navarro 2 (32), Greg Norton 2 (14)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Pena (42), Delmon Young (23), Jonny Gomes 2 (20), Dioner Navarro (12)
SB - Carl Crawford (42, 2nd base off Cabrera/Hernandez), B.J. Upton (14, 2nd base off Cabrera/Hernandez), Jonny Gomes (7, 2nd base off Cabrera/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 7
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Jason Hammel 6655133 7.44
Scott Dohmann (W,3-0) 1311011 2.29
Gary Glover 0.1322002 5.54
Juan Salas 0.1100000 3.10
Jon Switzer 0.1000010 11.57
Al Reyes 1000020 4.44
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Hammel 106-69, Scott Dohmann 16-11, Gary Glover 18-10, Juan Salas 9-6, Jon Switzer 4-3, Al Reyes 12-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Hammel 2-13, Juan Salas 1-0
Batters Faced - Jason Hammel 25, Scott Dohmann 5, Gary Glover 4, Juan Salas 2, Jon Switzer 1, Al Reyes 3
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B4110112 .308
Corey Patterson, CF5120021 .274
Nick Markakis, RF5123011 .291
Miguel Tejada, SS5222001 .300
Kevin Millar, 1B4111011 .262
Aubrey Huff, DH4111000 .267
Melvin Mora, 3B4020000 .266
Ramon Hernandez, C4121001 .238
Freddie Bynum, LF4000023 .276
Totals39813817  
Batting
3B - Corey Patterson (2, Hammel)
HR - Nick Markakis (14, Hammel), Miguel Tejada 2 (16, Hammel, Glover), Kevin Millar (13, Glover), Aubrey Huff (13, Hammel), Ramon Hernandez (6, Dohmann)
RBI - Nick Markakis 3 (83), Miguel Tejada 2 (67), Kevin Millar (55), Aubrey Huff (61), Ramon Hernandez (47)
2-OUT RBI - Aubrey Huff (26)
SB - Brian Roberts 2 (39, 2nd base off Hammel/Navarro, 3rd base off Hammel/Navarro)
CS - Brian Roberts (7, 2nd base by Dohmann/Navarro)
Team LOB - 5
Baltimore Orioles
Daniel Cabrera 6533481 5.08
Jamie Walker (H,20) 1000010 2.94
Jim Hoey (BS,2; L,1-3) 0.1355210 12.10
Brian Burres0233100 5.48
Chad Bradford 0.1433000 3.78
Kurt Birkins 1.1111030 9.64
WP - Kurt Birkins (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Daniel Cabrera 114-62, Jamie Walker 10-7, Jim Hoey 21-8, Brian Burres 18-9, Chad Bradford 14-12, Kurt Birkins 26-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daniel Cabrera 7-3, Jamie Walker 1-1, Chad Bradford 1-0, Kurt Birkins 1-0
Batters Faced - Daniel Cabrera 27, Jamie Walker 3, Jim Hoey 6, Brian Burres 3, Chad Bradford 5, Kurt Birkins 5
Game Information
Attendance - 17781
Game Time - 3:35
Temperature - 89
Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Tim McClelland, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Field Culbreth