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Rays stomp Orioles, magic number moves to one

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BALTIMORE -- The Tampa Bay Rays spent the night running around the bases and keeping their eyes fixed on the scoreboard.

Tampa Bay beat the Baltimore Orioles 11-6 Wednesday, but Boston's win over Cleveland means the Rays will have to wait at least another day to celebrate their first AL East title and pop open the 200 bottles of champagne waiting in the visitors clubhouse.

One more win by Tampa Bay or a loss by Boston will provide the Rays their first division crown.

"We weren't really talking about it, but you could definitely tell the guys were looking at the scoreboard and trying to see what was going on," Tampa Bay center fielder B.J. Upton said. "It didn't happen tonight, but the only thing we can do is go out and try and win a ballgame tomorrow."

The champagne was packed up to be sent to Detroit, where the Rays open a four-game series Thursday afternoon.

"It's hard to be disappointed any time you get a win," starter Edwin Jackson said. "We just have to keep on trucking in this next series against Detroit."

The night began miserably for the Rays. Tampa Bay trailed 5-0 in the first inning, about the same time Boston took a 4-0 lead over the Indians. But after Cleveland came back to tie it and the Rays overtook the woeful Orioles, it appeared that Tampa Bay was destined to salute the most successful season in franchise history with a bubbly toast.

But the scoreboard told them otherwise: Boston 5, Cleveland 4. Final.

"It was right in front of my face," Rays manager Joe Maddon said.

Akinori Iwamura had two hits and three RBI for the Rays, who completed a four-game sweep. It was the major league-leading ninth time this season the Orioles blew a four-run lead, most in the majors, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

"The disappointing thing is, it's not the first time I've seen it," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said.

Baltimore has lost nine straight and 28 of 34. The Orioles went 3-15 against Tampa Bay this season, losing the last 12.

Jackson (13-11) gave up six runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings. Trever Miller pitched 2 1/3 innings of one-hit relief to earn his second save.

"So many good things. A lot of people contributed to the win tonight up and down the board," Maddon said. "Tough beginning, wonderful ending, and that was attributable to our pitching."

Down 6-0, the Rays rebounded with a five-run fourth. After Gabe Gross drew a bases-loaded walk and Eric Hinske hit an RBI single, two runs scored when Jason Bartlett's comebacker bounced off pitcher Radhames Liz, who threw wildly to the plate. Iwamura followed with a run-scoring grounder.

Tampa Bay took a 7-6 lead in the sixth against Brian Burres (7-10). Pinch-hitter Fernando Perez singled and Bartlett was hit by a pitch before Iwamura tripled to right.

The Rays added four runs in the eighth. Randor Bierd issued two straight bases-loaded walks before Dioner Navarro hit a two-run single. In the midst of that inning, however, the scoreboard flashed the final from Boston.

The first six Orioles to face Jackson got hits in a five-run first inning. Three singles loaded the bases for Aubrey Huff, who picked up his 108th RBI with a single. Oscar Salazar followed with a run-scoring single before Luke Scott drove in three runs with a double to left-center.

Scott was out at third trying for a triple, blunting Baltimore's most productive first inning since a seven-run outburst May 20 at Yankee Stadium.

In the second, Brian Roberts singled, stole second and scored on a single by Nick Markakis to make it 6-0.

Undaunted, Tampa Bay closed the game with an 11-0 run.

"Our guys really felt they were fine. I know the game started badly, but the guys in our dugout were good," Maddon said. "I truly thought they had a chance to come back and do that. We're just at that point. We have to believe, and I know our guys do."

Notes

  • Closer Troy Percival returned to the Rays after receiving treatment on his back in Tampa Bay. But it's uncertain if he's healthy enough to pitch. "I think I'll be fine. But it's up to them what they want to do that gives them the best opportunity to win," Percival said.
  • Sidelined since Aug. 29 with a sore shoulder, Orioles RHP Jeremy Guthrie threw a simulated game Wednesday and will pitch in Sunday's finale.
  • Baltimore reliever Jim Miller has soreness under his right armpit and is likely done for the year.
 
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Nick Markakis is tagged out by Tampa Bay's Dioner Navarro while trying to steal home in the fifth.  (AP)
Nick Markakis is tagged out by Tampa Bay's Dioner Navarro while trying to steal home in the fifth. (AP)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

L. Scott
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 3
Tampa Bay

A. Iwamura
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
 
Tampa Bay Rays
Akinori Iwamura, 2B5023011 .274
B.J. Upton, CF3100212 .273
Carlos Pena, 1B4110135 .247
Evan Longoria, 3B3201114 .274
Cliff Floyd, DH4001123 .272
Dioner Navarro, C4122101 .294
Gabe Gross, RF4101101 .241
Eric Hinske, LF2111011 .246
   a- Fernando Perez, PH-LF2210111 .273
Jason Bartlett, SS3211001 .289
Totals3411810810  
a-singled for Hinske in the 6th
Batting
2B - Carlos Pena (24, Liz)
3B - Akinori Iwamura (9, Burres)
SH - Akinori Iwamura (3)
RBI - Akinori Iwamura 3 (48), Evan Longoria (84), Cliff Floyd (39), Dioner Navarro 2 (54), Gabe Gross (40), Eric Hinske (57), Jason Bartlett (37)
2-OUT RBI - Evan Longoria (30), Cliff Floyd (19), Dioner Navarro 2 (35)
SB - Akinori Iwamura (8, 2nd base off Liz/Hernandez), B.J. Upton (43, 2nd base off Burres/Hernandez), Fernando Perez 2 (5, 2nd base off Burres/Hernandez, 2nd base off Cherry/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - B.J. Upton 1
DP - Bartlett-Iwamura-Pena
Tampa Bay Rays
Edwin Jackson (W,13-11) 5.11066230 4.37
Chad Bradford (H,21) 1.1100000 2.01
Trever Miller (S,2) 2.1100050 4.25
HBP - Hernandez (by Trever Miller)
Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 111-67, Chad Bradford 15-12, Trever Miller 36-24
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 5-5, Chad Bradford 3-1
Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 25, Chad Bradford 5, Trever Miller 9
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B4220011 .297
   a- Alex Cintron, PH1000011 .279
Nick Markakis, RF4131000 .303
   b- Guillermo Quiroz, PH1000011 .188
Adam Jones, CF5120003 .273
Aubrey Huff, 3B3111111 .306
Oscar Salazar, 1B4111001 .280
Luke Scott, DH4013010 .258
Ramon Hernandez, C3010010 .258
    Omir Santos, C0000000 .143
Luis Montanez, LF4000022 .299
Juan Castro, SS3010101 .193
Totals36612628  
a-struck out for B. Roberts in the 9th
b-struck out for Markakis in the 9th
Batting
2B - Nick Markakis (48, Jackson), Luke Scott (29, Jackson), Juan Castro (6, Miller)
RBI - Nick Markakis (87), Aubrey Huff (108), Oscar Salazar (15), Luke Scott 3 (65)
SB - Brian Roberts (40, 2nd base off Jackson/Navarro)
CS - Nick Markakis (7, Home by Jackson/Navarro)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Nick Markakis 1
E - Juan Castro (5, Misplayed grounder), Radhames Liz (3, Throwing)
Baltimore Orioles
Radhames Liz 5554350 6.72
Brian Burres (L,7-10) 0.2222110 6.09
Rob McCrory 1.1000020 12.71
Rocky Cherry 0.1033200 6.35
Alberto Castillo 0.1000010 3.81
Randor Bierd 0.1111200 4.95
Kam Mickolio 1000010 5.87
HBP - Longoria (by Radhames Liz), Bartlett (by Brian Burres), Bartlett (by Rocky Cherry)
WP - Kam Mickolio (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Radhames Liz 95-57, Brian Burres 29-16, Rob McCrory 18-11, Rocky Cherry 19-6, Alberto Castillo 3-3, Randor Bierd 14-4, Kam Mickolio 17-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Radhames Liz 3-7, Brian Burres 1-0, Rob McCrory 1-1, Rocky Cherry 1-0, Kam Mickolio 2-1
Batters Faced - Radhames Liz 24, Brian Burres 6, Rob McCrory 4, Rocky Cherry 4, Alberto Castillo 1, Randor Bierd 3, Kam Mickolio 4
Game Information
Attendance - 13632
Game Time - 3:43
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Jim Reynolds