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Tampa Bay at Baltimore

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Devil Rays 5, Orioles 4

CBSSports.com wire reports

BALTIMORE -- Called upon to protect a three-run lead, the Baltimore Orioles' shaky bullpen got within a strike of completing the task.

Not close enough.

Brendan Harris tied the game with a ninth-inning single and Dioner Navarro drove in the tiebreaking run in the 12th, giving the Tampa Bay Devil Rays a 5-4 victory Wednesday night.

It was the eighth straight loss for the Orioles, yet another in which the bullpen collapsed after Baltimore put itself in position to win.

"You just go out there and battle and try to get outs and get those innings over as quick as possible," said reliever Chad Bradford, who allowed four of the five batters he faced to reach. "It's just not working out right now."

Baltimore led 4-1 in the eighth inning before Tampa Bay rallied a second straight night to win. On Tuesday, the Devil Rays scored 11 eighth-inning runs to rebound from a 6-3 deficit.

Joel Guzman opened the 12th by hitting a chopper to third off Rob Bell (3-3) that Melvin Mora hurriedly grabbed before throwing wildly to first. Guzman ended up on second, and Navarro followed with a single off the right-field scoreboard, producing Tampa Bay's third unearned run.

"We battled the whole time, got to tie the game in the ninth, then did what we were supposed to," Navarro said.

By winning the first two games of the three-game series, the Devil Rays are assured their first road series win in 12 tries since June 8-10 at Florida. Tampa Bay was 0-10-1 in that span.

It also marked the first time since July 2004 that the Devil Rays won two straight games in Baltimore. Tampa Bay had dropped its last six series against the Orioles.

Grant Balfour (1-0) pitched two innings and Al Reyes got three outs for his 21st save.

"These are the kind of games we need to learn how to win," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "Baltimore has given us a lot of problems in the past. It was nice to get these last two games in here."

Victory seemed unlikely for the Devil Rays after Baltimore starter Steve Trachsel allowed five hits in six innings and left with a 4-1 lead.

Jamie Walker worked a perfect seventh, and Bradford started the eighth by getting B.J. Upton to hit a grounder that shortstop Miguel Tejada misplayed for an error. An RBI double by Harris and a sacrifice fly by Navarro produced two unearned runs, getting the Devil Rays to 4-3.

Danys Baez, who retired the final two batters in the eighth, returned in the ninth. He got the first two outs and got two strikes on Upton before giving up a single. Delmon Young walked on a 3-2 pitch, and Harris tied it with a single to left.

"He was one pitch away from doing it," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said of Baez.

It was the continuation of a trend that has haunted the Orioles throughout the eight-game losing streak that began with a 30-3 loss to Texas on the day the team announced Trembley would be back in 2008. Baltimore has been outscored 90-32 during the skid, including 65-9 from the sixth through ninth innings.

Aubrey Huff hit a two-run homer in the sixth to put the Orioles up 4-1. He's batting .373 against his former team this season, and six of his 14 home runs have come against the Devil Rays.

"He eats his Wheaties before he plays us," Devil Rays starter James Shields said. "He's a good hitter, and always will be."

Carl Crawford got two hits for Tampa Bay, giving him 46 in August -- most in the majors and a new club record for hits in a month. The old mark was held by Huff, who had 44 hits in August 2002.

The Devil Rays stranded 16 but won anyway.

"We obviously had a lot of opportunities to score runs, but I loved the perseverance of our group," Maddon said. "That might be the most effort-laden game we've played this year. First pitch to last, everyone was into the game."

Shields gave up four runs and 10 hits in eight innings but is winless in seven career starts against Baltimore.

The Devil Rays got a first-inning run when Crawford doubled and scored on a single by Carlos Pena. Baltimore went up 2-1 in the third when Jay Payton singled, Brian Roberts tripled and Corey Patterson hit an RBI single.


Crawford has 14 multihit games, and 49 hits overall, in his last 29 starts. ... Trachsel is 2-1 with a 2.37 ERA in six starts this month. ... Besides his fielding error, Tejada was thrown out at third on a single by Kevin Millar immediately before Huff's homer.

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Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

D. Navarro
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0

A. Huff
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Akinori Iwamura, 3B6010014 .285
Carl Crawford, LF7120012 .311
Carlos Pena, 1B5011212 .273
B.J. Upton, CF6210026 .311
Delmon Young, RF5120101 .292
Brendan Harris, 2B6022002 .288
Jonny Gomes, DH4000222 .253
Josh Wilson, SS1000200 .234
   a- Greg Norton, PH0000100 .216
    Joel Guzman, PR-SS2110013 .300
Dioner Navarro, C5022013 .208
a-walked for Wilson in the 8th
2B - Carl Crawford (31, Trachsel), Brendan Harris (31, Bradford)
SF - Dioner Navarro (4)
SH - Akinori Iwamura (3)
RBI - Carlos Pena (90), Brendan Harris 2 (52), Dioner Navarro 2 (34)
2-OUT RBI - Brendan Harris (22)
SB - Carl Crawford (43, 2nd base off Trachsel/Hernandez), Jonny Gomes (8, 2nd base off Trachsel/Hernandez), Josh Wilson (6, 2nd base off Trachsel/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 16
Outfield Assists - B.J. Upton 1
DP - Harris-Wilson-Pena
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
James Shields 81044261 4.10
Dan Wheeler 1000010 5.11
Grant Balfour (W,1-2) 2000240 5.40
Al Reyes (S,21) 1100100 4.35
Pitches-Strikes - James Shields 112-70, Dan Wheeler 11-7, Grant Balfour 36-18, Al Reyes 21-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James Shields 7-8, Grant Balfour 1-0, Al Reyes 1-2
Batters Faced - James Shields 33, Dan Wheeler 3, Grant Balfour 7, Al Reyes 5
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B5111120 .307
Corey Patterson, CF6011002 .273
Nick Markakis, RF5010113 .290
Miguel Tejada, SS4020122 .302
Kevin Millar, 1B5120022 .263
Aubrey Huff, DH4122112 .269
    Freddie Bynum, PR-DH0000000 .276
Melvin Mora, 3B4000120 .263
Ramon Hernandez, C5010002 .238
    Tike Redman, PR0000000 .333
Jay Payton, LF4110010 .259
3B - Brian Roberts (5, Shields)
HR - Aubrey Huff (14, Shields)
SH - Jay Payton (5)
RBI - Brian Roberts (49), Corey Patterson (40), Aubrey Huff 2 (63)
2-OUT RBI - Aubrey Huff 2 (28)
PK - Freddie Bynum (1, Balfour)
Team LOB - 8
E - Melvin Mora (9, Throwing), Miguel Tejada (12, Misplayed grounder)
Baltimore Orioles
Steve Trachsel 6511430 4.48
Jamie Walker (H,21) 1000010 2.88
Chad Bradford (H,15) 0.1220100 3.76
Danys Baez (BS,2) 1.2211210 6.20
Rob Bell (L,3-3) 2310120 6.49
Kurt Birkins 1000020 9.00
IBB - Pena by Rob Bell
WP - Steve Trachsel (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Steve Trachsel 109-62, Jamie Walker 12-8, Chad Bradford 21-12, Danys Baez 35-19, Rob Bell 31-19, Kurt Birkins 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Steve Trachsel 8-7, Chad Bradford 1-1, Danys Baez 2-2, Rob Bell 4-0
Batters Faced - Steve Trachsel 27, Jamie Walker 3, Chad Bradford 5, Danys Baez 9, Rob Bell 10, Kurt Birkins 3
Game Information
Attendance - 16944
Game Time - 4:09
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Tim McClelland, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Marty Foster