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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."
"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.
Baltimore got a two-run homer from Brian Roberts. The Orioles (60-96) are a season-worst 36 games under .500.
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."
|Willy Aybar's three-run, pinch-hit homer helps the Rays come back against the Orioles. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Brian Roberts, 2B||6||1||2||2||0||2||4||.287|
|Lou Montanez, LF||6||0||1||0||0||0||5||.185|
|Nick Markakis, RF||2||2||1||0||3||0||0||.290|
|Luke Scott, DH||4||2||1||0||1||0||3||.261|
|Matt Wieters, C||4||0||3||1||1||1||2||.292|
|Melvin Mora, 3B||5||0||2||2||0||2||4||.257|
|Michael Aubrey, 1B||5||0||0||0||0||1||9||.299|
|Jeff Fiorentino, CF||4||1||2||1||1||0||0||.286|
|Cesar Izturis, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||4||.249|
|a- Ty Wigginton, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.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|
|Matt Albers (BS,4)||0.2||3||3||3||0||1||1||5.77|
|Chris Ray (L,0-4)||0.2||1||1||1||2||1||0||6.65|
|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, SS||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||.320|
|Gabe Kapler, RF||2||1||1||1||1||1||0||.238|
|a- Carl Crawford, PH-LF||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.308|
|Evan Longoria, 3B||4||1||1||1||0||2||3||.284|
|Ben Zobrist, 1B-RF||4||2||2||1||0||0||1||.289|
|B.J. Upton, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.236|
|Pat Burrell, DH||3||1||1||1||0||0||0||.226|
|Akinori Iwamura, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||3||1||.285|
|Shawn Riggans, C||3||1||1||0||0||0||0||.222|
|Dioner Navarro, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.219|
|Fernando Perez, LF||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.179|
|b- Willy Aybar, PH-1B||1||1||1||3||0||0||0||.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|
|Lance Cormier (W,3-3)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||3.23|
|Grant Balfour (S,2)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||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|
|Attendance - 10352|
|Game Time - 3:17|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Jerry Crawford, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Mike Estabrook, Third Base - Chad Fairchild|