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Orioles get to Devil Rays bullpen for second win in 14 games

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- It's only one win, but considering the Baltimore Orioles haven't had much to celebrate the past two weeks, it was welcome.

The Orioles beat Tampa Bay 8-4 on Tuesday night, which means they have won just two games since Aug. 22, have lost 12 of their last 14 and been outscored 132-64 in that stretch.

"(Scoring runs late in the game) has been a long time coming," Baltimore manager Dave Trembley said. "These are the kind of things that get you going back in the direction we should be going."

Melvin Mora drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and Ramon Hernandez followed with a three-run double.

Aubrey Huff went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer, his seventh against his former club. Huff is 22-for-56 with 14 RBI against the Devil Rays this season. He has 15 home runs total.

"(Huff has) hit the ball very well against us," Devil Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "Right now, you can see that he's locked in. He's not taking bad swings."

Hernandez went 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to seven games. During that span, he has three home runs and nine RBI.

"I have that good feeling when I'm swinging at the ball," Hernandez said. "It's a good feeling through my swing that I've never had before."

Trembley says extra rest has helped Hernandez at the plate.

"He's the guy, that at this point in the season, he needs to get hot for us," Trembley said. "A lot of people don't like it, but I've rested him. He's not catching six days a week now."

With the score tied at 4, Dan Wheeler took over for Devil Rays starter Scott Kazmir. Miguel Tejada led off with a single, and with one out, Nick Markakis also singled. Mora followed with a single to left to make it 5-4. After a single by Huff, Scott Dohmann relieved and gave up the double to Hernandez.

Kazmir, who went 4-1 in six August starts, pitched seven innings, gave up four runs and nine hits, while striking out five and allowing a walk.

"There's a couple of pitches that I really wish I had back," Kazmir said. "I have to look forward to next time. You've got to take it with a grain of salt and keep going."

Maddon felt Kazmir wasn't his usual self.

"He didn't have his better stuff tonight," Maddon said. "They got their knocks against him and that's going to happen."

Wheeler (0-3) was charged with four earned runs in the eighth.

"It's kind of frustrating because I've been throwing the ball good and to go out there and do that," Wheeler said.

Baltimore's Jeremy Guthrie pitched six innings, giving up three runs and eight hits with five strikeouts and four walks. He got his fifth no-decision in seven games. Chad Bradford (3-6) pitched a scoreless seventh for the win.

The Orioles took a 2-0 lead in the first on Corey Patterson's solo homer and an RBI single by Markakis.

Tampa Bay shortstop Josh Wilson hit an RBI single, and center fielder B.J. Upton hit a two-run double for a 3-2 lead, but Huff's homer in the seventh put Baltimore up 4-3.

Right fielder Delmon Young tied the score at four with an RBI grounder in the seventh, scoring Carl Crawford.

The Devil Rays (57-82) are four games behind Baltimore (60-77) for fourth place. Tampa Bay can also match its franchise-record 70 wins by going 13-10 the remainder of the season.

The Devil Rays have won 9 of their last 12 games and are 19-17 since July 29.

Notes

  • The Orioles have held the lead in 106 of their 137 games this season.
  • SS Ben Zobrist, out since Aug. 19 because of a right oblique strain, is "likely done" for the season, Maddon said.
  • Devil Rays first baseman Carlos Pena, who is having a career year with 35 home runs and 98 RBI, said he has not contacted by the Tampa Bay front office about contract negotiations. The 28-year-old is eligible for arbitration after the season.
  • Young snapped ended an 11-game hitting streak, going 0-for-4.
  • Markakis had four hits in a game for the fourth time this season.
 
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Aubrey Huff continues to decimate his former team this season, batting 22-for-56 with 14 RBI.  (AP)
Aubrey Huff continues to decimate his former team this season, batting 22-for-56 with 14 RBI. (AP)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

A. Huff
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Baltimore

R. Hernandez
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B5000024 .298
    Brandon Fahey, 2B0000000 .231
Corey Patterson, CF5111002 .268
Miguel Tejada, SS4120000 .306
    Freddie Bynum, PR0100000 .262
    Luis Hernandez, SS1000000 .324
Kevin Millar, 1B5010012 .262
Nick Markakis, RF5141001 .296
Melvin Mora, 3B3211102 .265
Aubrey Huff, DH4232000 .274
Ramon Hernandez, C4023011 .245
Jay Payton, LF4010012 .255
Totals40815815  
Batting
2B - Miguel Tejada (18, Kazmir), Kevin Millar (22, Witasick), Ramon Hernandez 2 (15, Kazmir, Dohmann)
HR - Corey Patterson (8, Kazmir), Aubrey Huff (15, Kazmir)
RBI - Corey Patterson (45), Nick Markakis (90), Melvin Mora (49), Aubrey Huff 2 (65), Ramon Hernandez 3 (55)
2-OUT RBI - Nick Markakis (30)
CS - Nick Markakis (6, 2nd base by Kazmir/Paul)
Team LOB - 6
Baltimore Orioles
Jeremy Guthrie 6833450 3.65
Jamie Walker0011000 3.00
Chad Bradford (BS,4; W,3-6) 1000000 3.60
Jon Leicester 1000110 12.60
Danys Baez 1000020 6.32
IBB - Pena by Jeremy Guthrie
HBP - Crawford (by Jamie Walker), Pena (by Jamie Walker)
WP - Jeremy Guthrie (8)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Guthrie 90-58, Jamie Walker 8-3, Chad Bradford 15-13, Jon Leicester 21-11, Danys Baez 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Guthrie 4-7, Chad Bradford 2-1, Jon Leicester 1-1, Danys Baez 1-0
Batters Faced - Jeremy Guthrie 28, Jamie Walker 2, Chad Bradford 3, Jon Leicester 4, Danys Baez 3
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Akinori Iwamura, 3B4110113 .286
Carl Crawford, LF4210011 .312
Carlos Pena, 1B2000220 .275
B.J. Upton, CF5022012 .312
Delmon Young, RF4001002 .295
Brendan Harris, 2B3110101 .284
Greg Norton, DH3010112 .219
Josh Wilson, SS4011002 .249
Josh Paul, C3010011 .198
   a- Dioner Navarro, PH-C1000011 .218
Totals3348458  
a-struck out for Paul in the 8th
Batting
2B - Carl Crawford (35, Guthrie), Brendan Harris (32, Guthrie), Josh Paul (3, Guthrie)
RBI - B.J. Upton 2 (72), Delmon Young (75), Josh Wilson (22)
2-OUT RBI - B.J. Upton 2 (23), Josh Wilson (18)
SB - B.J. Upton (16, 2nd base off Bradford/Hernandez)
CS - Akinori Iwamura (8, 3rd base by Guthrie/Hernandez)
PK - B.J. Upton (1, Guthrie)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Pena-Wilson
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Scott Kazmir 7944152 3.79
Dan Wheeler (L,1-7) 0.1444000 5.43
Scott Dohmann 0.2100000 2.28
Jay Witasick 1100000 5.93
WP - Scott Kazmir (8)
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Kazmir 103-75, Dan Wheeler 13-10, Scott Dohmann 7-6, Jay Witasick 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Kazmir 5-9, Scott Dohmann 1-1, Jay Witasick 3-0
Batters Faced - Scott Kazmir 29, Dan Wheeler 5, Scott Dohmann 3, Jay Witasick 4
Game Information
Attendance - 9112
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Brian Gorman