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Rays handle Orioles to end 11-game losing skid

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BALTIMORE -- Having finally rid themselves of an embarrassing losing streak that ended their playoff hopes, the Tampa Bay Rays can turn their attention toward concluding the season on a positive note.

Using a 15-hit attack and an effective pitching performance by David Price, the Rays snapped their 11-game skid Monday night with an 8-4 victory against the Baltimore Orioles.

Tampa Bay avoided becoming the first World Series team in history to lose 12 in a row the following year. Rookie Reid Brignac had a career-high four hits -- his first big league homer, two doubles and a single -- and B.J. Upton also connected for the Rays in their first victory since Sept. 2 against Boston.

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"Sleep is more tranquil, food tastes better and I like my dog a whole lot more," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said.

Held to eight runs in their previous seven games, the Rays equaled that amount by the fifth inning. Tampa Bay, which batted .183 during its 11-game skid, hadn't had as many as 15 hits in a game since Aug. 24 against Toronto.

"It's important. All this, the whole world revolves around confidence, and our confidence definitely took a hit by these last two weeks," Maddon said. "We have to regenerate our confidence. As we do that, we're going to start winning."

Price (8-7) gave up four runs, three earned, and seven hits in seven innings. The left-hander allowed four runs and four hits in the first inning, then settled down. He retired 13 straight at one point.

"I tried to keep us where we were at, and the offense obviously did a great job tonight and fought back," Price said. "It kind of gives me a redo. It was very appreciated by me, obviously."

Orioles rookie David Hernandez (4-8) was staked with a 4-1 lead but immediately gave it away and fell to 0-4 in his past six starts. The right-hander yielded five runs and nine hits, including two home runs, in three-plus innings. He has surrendered nine home runs over his past 9 2/3 innings.

"It's easy right now to lose confidence," Hernandez said. "But I have three starts left and there is still time to finish the season off on a good note."

After Tampa Bay got a first-inning run on a sacrifice fly by Ben Zobrist, Baltimore took a 4-1 lead in the bottom half. Price retired the first two batters, then allowed RBI singles to Melvin Mora, Matt Wieters and Luke Scott before another run scored on a throwing error by third baseman Evan Longoria.

The Rays tied it in the second. Upton broke a 2-for-21 skid with a two-single and Brignac homered, a no-doubt drive to right on a 1-0 pitch, before Jason Bartlett and Carl Crawford hit successive doubles.

"The second inning was really unacceptable after you get two quick outs," Hernandez said. "It's really a downer."

Especially because it allowed Price to recover from his shaky start.

"He probably felt the momentum change greatly to go on their side," Price said. "Once we scored four and they go back out and score three, he's got to say to himself, 'Hey, I've got to go out there and shut them out because the game's swinging back in our favor.' And he did exactly what he had to do."

Upton's 10th home run gave Tampa Bay a 5-4 lead in the fourth, and a pair of Baltimore errors fueled a three-run fifth.

Brignac went 4 for 4 with a career-high three RBI in his finest game as a major leaguer.

"I'm very excited, but I'm more happy that we got the win," he said. "It got us back on the right path of where we were. It's just good to come in and get that win. Now let's see if we can continue on."

Notes

  • The Orioles have given up a first-inning run in six consecutive games and eight of the past nine.
  • It was the first time in eight games that Tampa Bay scored more than two runs.
  • Brignac's home run came in his 67th at-bat.
  • Mora played his 793rd game at third base, second-most in Orioles history behind Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson (2,870).
 
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O's catcher Matt Wieters fails to tag out Jason Bartlett, who scores on a sacrifice fly in the first inning.  (AP)
O's catcher Matt Wieters fails to tag out Jason Bartlett, who scores on a sacrifice fly in the first inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

R. Brignac
AB 4
R 1
H 4
HR 1
RBI 3
Baltimore

M. Mora
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Tampa Bay Rays
Jason Bartlett, DH5220023 .328
Carl Crawford, LF5031012 .303
Evan Longoria, 3B5000034 .275
Ben Zobrist, RF4011020 .279
Chris Richard, 1B3110211 .182
Gregg Zaun, C2100221 .258
   a- Dioner Navarro, PH-C1000000 .227
Akinori Iwamura, 2B5121004 .298
B.J. Upton, CF5221002 .237
Reid Brignac, SS4143000 .286
Totals398157411  
a-popped out for Zaun in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jason Bartlett (27, Hernandez), Carl Crawford (27, Hernandez), Reid Brignac 2 (7, Albers, Sarfate)
HR - B.J. Upton (10, Hernandez), Reid Brignac (1, Hernandez)
SF - Ben Zobrist (4)
RBI - Carl Crawford (62), Ben Zobrist (73), Akinori Iwamura (20), B.J. Upton (43), Reid Brignac 3 (5)
2-OUT RBI - Carl Crawford (18), Reid Brignac 3 (3)
SB - Carl Crawford (57, 2nd base off Hernandez/Wieters), Reid Brignac (2, 2nd base off Bass/Wieters)
CS - Ben Zobrist (5, 2nd base by Albers/Wieters)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Iwamura-Brignac-Richard
E - Evan Longoria (13, Throwing)
Tampa Bay Rays
David Price (W,8-7) 7743240 4.60
Dan Wheeler 0.1100000 3.48
Brian Shouse 0.2000000 4.94
J.P. Howell 1100110 2.92
Pitches-Strikes - David Price 107-69, Dan Wheeler 4-3, Brian Shouse 8-5, J.P. Howell 17-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Price 10-7, Brian Shouse 2-0, J.P. Howell 1-0
Batters Faced - David Price 30, Dan Wheeler 2, Brian Shouse 2, J.P. Howell 4
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B4010101 .285
Cesar Izturis, SS5010002 .249
Nick Markakis, RF3100123 .302
Nolan Reimold, LF4110000 .279
Melvin Mora, 3B4121000 .264
Matt Wieters, C3111101 .265
Luke Scott, DH3011011 .255
   a- Justin Turner, PH-DH1000001 .333
Ty Wigginton, 1B4000021 .270
Jeff Fiorentino, CF4020000 .350
Totals3549335  
a-grounded out for Scott in the 8th
Batting
2B - Melvin Mora (17, Wheeler)
RBI - Melvin Mora (42), Matt Wieters (27), Luke Scott (67)
2-OUT RBI - Melvin Mora (13), Matt Wieters (11), Luke Scott (29)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Izturis-B. Roberts-Wigginton
E - Brian Bass (3, Throwing(Zaun scores on Reimold's throwing error Iwamura advances to), Nolan Reimold (5, Throwing(Zaun scores on Reimold's throwing error Iwamura advances to)
Baltimore Orioles
David Hernandez (L,4-8) 3955052 5.40
Brian Bass 1.1132230 5.01
Matt Albers 1.2300200 5.25
Dennis Sarfate 1100010 7.04
Chris Ray 1000020 6.47
Alberto Castillo 1100000 2.57
Pitches-Strikes - David Hernandez 80-55, Brian Bass 31-17, Matt Albers 35-18, Dennis Sarfate 16-9, Chris Ray 13-8, Alberto Castillo 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Hernandez 1-3, Matt Albers 3-1, Alberto Castillo 1-1
Batters Faced - David Hernandez 18, Brian Bass 7, Matt Albers 9, Dennis Sarfate 4, Chris Ray 3, Alberto Castillo 3
Game Information
Attendance - 10628
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - Ron Kulpa