Baltimore at Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay
W: L. Cormier (3-3) L: C. Ray (0-4)
S: G. Balfour (2)
HR: BAL - B. Roberts (16)   TB - G. Kapler (8), B. Zobrist (25), E. Longoria (32), W. Aybar (12)

Rays rally to extend Orioles' losing streak to 11 games wire reports

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Baltimore Orioles are in a late-season free-fall.

Pat Burrell hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth inning and pinch-hitter Willy Aybar had one of four Tampa Bay homers as the Rays extended the Orioles' losing streak to 11 games with a 7-6 victory Monday night.

"We're a young team and guys are learning on the job," Orioles pitcher Mark Hendrickson said. "I think the one thing that we need to take from this year and really apply to next year is learning how to win. It's a mindset. As a young player you need to experience a little bit of it to be able to do it over the course of a six-month season."

The recent slide, the longest since Baltimore lost 12 in a row in August 2004, might be coming at a bad time for manager Dave Trembley, whose job status is expected to be determined by next week.

"I've never put myself ahead of anybody," Trembley said. "I don't feel sorry for myself. We do the very best we can. My responsibility is to prepare them to play hard, be professional. Put guys into situations where I think they can be successful. And if anybody would have the guts to step up and tell me I haven't done that, I'd tell them [you're wrong]."

The Orioles left 14 on base and went 5 for 20 with runners in scoring position.

"We battled," Trembley said. "We came up short."

Ben Zobrist opened the eighth with a double off Chris Ray (0-4) and went to third on B.J. Upton's grounder. Burrell's fly ball against Danys Baez broke 6-all tie.

"Right now we're just trying to persevere until the end and keep playing hard," Zobrist said.

Tampa Bay tied it at 6 on Aybar's three-run shot in the seventh off reliever Matt Albers.

Gabe Kapler, Zobrist and Evan Longoria also homered for the Rays, who are 8-5 since an 11-game skid. Tampa Bay has 193 homers this season, breaking the team record of 190 set in 2006.

Baltimore got a two-run homer from Brian Roberts. The Orioles (60-96) are a season-worst 36 games under .500.

Lance Cormier (3-3) pitched a scoreless inning before Grant Balfour got the final out in the ninth with a runner on first for his second save.

After Matt Wieters had an RBI single during a two-run third, Roberts gave the Orioles a 4-2 advantage on his two-run shot in the fourth. Jeff Fiorentino, in the fifth, and Melvin Mora one inning later had run-scoring singles to make it 6-3.

Kapler and Zobrist hit solo homers to put the Rays up 2-0 in the first. Longoria's 32nd homer pulled Tampa Bay to 4-3 in the fourth. Longoria has 110 RBI this season.

Tampa Bay rookie Jeff Niemann failed in his sixth attempt to win his 13th game, allowing four runs and seven hits in 3 1/3 innings. Hendrickson gave up three runs -- all on solo homers -- and three hits over six innings.

"We get paid to win and we're not winning right now," Hendrickson said. "It's frustrating and nobody is happy with it."


  • Rays senior adviser Don Zimmer continues to improve following back surgery on Sept. 2. He has resumed driving his car and is set to start a rehab program next week. When Zimmer, in his 61st year in baseball, was asked about being ready for spring training, he smiled and said yes.
  • Trembley confirmed that rookie RHP Chris Tillman has been shut down for the rest of the season due to the number of innings he's pitched this year.
  • Baltimore RHP Bob McCrory will undergo tests for a sore shoulder.
  • Orioles OF Felix Pie (left quadriceps strain) had tests and missed his third straight game.
  • Baltimore has lost 12 straight games played on Monday.
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Willy Aybar's three-run, pinch-hit homer helps the Rays come back against the Orioles.  (AP)
Willy Aybar's three-run, pinch-hit homer helps the Rays come back against the Orioles. (AP)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

B. Zobrist
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1

B. Roberts
AB 6
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B6122024 .287
Lou Montanez, LF6010005 .185
Nick Markakis, RF2210300 .290
Luke Scott, DH4210103 .261
Matt Wieters, C4031112 .292
Melvin Mora, 3B5022024 .257
Michael Aubrey, 1B5000019 .299
Jeff Fiorentino, CF4121100 .286
Cesar Izturis, SS4010014 .249
   a- Ty Wigginton, PH1000000 .270
a-flied out for Izturis in the 9th
2B - Nick Markakis (43, Niemann), Luke Scott (26, Sonnanstine), Melvin Mora (20, Niemann), Jeff Fiorentino (1, Niemann)
HR - Brian Roberts (16, Niemann)
RBI - Brian Roberts 2 (78), Matt Wieters (40), Melvin Mora 2 (46), Jeff Fiorentino (5)
2-OUT RBI - Melvin Mora (14), Jeff Fiorentino (2)
SB - Jeff Fiorentino (1, 2nd base off Shouse/Riggans)
Team LOB - 14
Baltimore Orioles
Mark Hendrickson 6333133 4.38
Matt Albers (BS,4) 0.2333011 5.77
Chris Ray (L,0-4) 0.2111210 6.65
Danys Baez 0.2000010 4.13
IBB - Crawford by Chris Ray
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Hendrickson 85-55, Matt Albers 19-12, Chris Ray 19-9, Danys Baez 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Hendrickson 11-4, Matt Albers 1-0, Chris Ray 1-0
Batters Faced - Mark Hendrickson 22, Matt Albers 5, Chris Ray 5, Danys Baez 2
Tampa Bay Rays
Jason Bartlett, SS3000100 .320
Gabe Kapler, RF2111110 .238
   a- Carl Crawford, PH-LF0000100 .308
Evan Longoria, 3B4111023 .284
Ben Zobrist, 1B-RF4221001 .289
B.J. Upton, CF4000001 .236
Pat Burrell, DH3111000 .226
Akinori Iwamura, 2B4000031 .285
Shawn Riggans, C3110000 .222
    Dioner Navarro, C0000000 .219
Fernando Perez, LF2000000 .179
   b- Willy Aybar, PH-1B1113000 .252
a-was walked intentionally for Kapler in the 7th
b-homered for Perez in the 7th
2B - Ben Zobrist (24, Ray)
HR - Gabe Kapler (8, Hendrickson), Evan Longoria (32, Hendrickson), Ben Zobrist (25, Hendrickson), Willy Aybar (12, Albers)
SF - Pat Burrell (4)
RBI - Gabe Kapler (31), Evan Longoria (110), Ben Zobrist (84), Pat Burrell (63), Willy Aybar 3 (39)
2-OUT RBI - Ben Zobrist (30), Willy Aybar 3 (7)
SB - Jason Bartlett (27, 2nd base off Ray/Wieters), Evan Longoria (9, 2nd base off Hendrickson/Wieters)
Team LOB - 3
DP - Bartlett-Zobrist
E - Jason Bartlett (19, Misplayed grounder), Ben Zobrist (7, Misplayed grounder)
Tampa Bay Rays
Jeff Niemann 3.1744331 3.94
Andy Sonnanstine 2.2421210 6.84
Brian Shouse 0.2000010 4.73
Dale Thayer 0.1000000 4.22
Randy Choate 0.1100100 3.74
Dan Wheeler 0.1000010 3.36
Lance Cormier (W,3-3) 1100010 3.23
Grant Balfour (S,2) 0.1000000 4.93
IBB - Wieters by Andy Sonnanstine
WP - Dale Thayer (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Niemann 89-54, Andy Sonnanstine 58-34, Brian Shouse 13-8, Dale Thayer 4-2, Randy Choate 10-5, Dan Wheeler 4-3, Lance Cormier 16-12, Grant Balfour 7-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Niemann 2-4, Andy Sonnanstine 2-6, Brian Shouse 1-1, Lance Cormier 1-1
Batters Faced - Jeff Niemann 19, Andy Sonnanstine 15, Brian Shouse 3, Dale Thayer 1, Randy Choate 3, Dan Wheeler 1, Lance Cormier 4, Grant Balfour 1
Game Information
Attendance - 10352
Game Time - 3:17
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Jerry Crawford, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Mike Estabrook, Third Base - Chad Fairchild