Final in 10

Series: Game 3 of 3

Tampa Bay won 3-0

Game 1: Monday, August 11
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Game 2: Tuesday, August 12
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Game 3: Wednesday, August 13
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Orioles 5

(57-62, 26-35 away)

Devil Rays 6

(48-71, 29-34 home)

    2:15 PM ET, August 13, 2003

    Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida 

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    W: L. Carter (6-3)

    L: B. Ryan (3-1)

    Devil Rays swipe six bases in win over O's

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Lou Piniella put on quite a show for his Tampa Bay players and the fans at Tropicana Field.

    The excitable manager was ejected during a hat-kicking tirade in the ninth inning, then the Devil Rays beat Baltimore 6-5 on Travis Lee's RBI double in the 10th Wednesday.

    "That was a really good one," Lee said of Piniella's four-minute argument. "He spread it out over time. Just when you think he's done, he started up again. It's pretty impressive."

    Piniella was tossed as the Orioles tied it in the ninth against reliever Jesus Colome.

    Brian Roberts led off the inning with a single and Luis Matos followed with a single. Matos took a wide turn after his hit and had to hustle back to first -- and when second-base umpire Jerry Layne called him safe, Piniella flew into a rage.

    Piniella charged out of the first-base dugout, threw his hat and started arguing.

    "I told Jerry he was out position, and he didn't appreciate it," Piniella said. "That and a couple of expletives."

    "Jerry is a good umpire. One of my favorite umpires in the league. I feel bad that happened with him. I really do like Jerry. But, I had to go out and argue for the team," Piniella said.

    Piniella soon began kicking his cap, sending it flying from the infield grass onto the dirt.

    After picking up his hat, Piniella threw it again and booted it to the dugout.

    "The hat was just laying there," he said, "it was begging for it."

    "My players are into the ballgame and so is the manager and so are the coaches. I'm going to go out and battle for them."

    It was the fourth ejection in Piniella's first season with the Devil Rays, and first time he was tossed at home.

    Baltimore made it 5-all when Roberts scored on a double-play grounder by B.J. Surhoff.

    The last-place Devil Rays completed a three-game sweep and improved to 16-11 since the All-Star break.

    Carl Crawford had three of Tampa Bay's team-record six stolen bases.

    In the Tampa Bay 10th, Rocco Baldelli singled with one out off B.J. Ryan (3-1) and scored easily on Lee's opposite-field double to left.

    Lance Carter (6-3) struck out two during a perfect 10th inning for the victory.

    Aubrey Huff hit his 20th homer, a two-run shot, and Lee had a solo homer off Rick Helling to put the Devil Rays up 3-1 in the first.

    Huff added an RBI double during a two-run fifth that extended Tampa Bay's lead to 5-1.

    Toby Hall added a solo homer and Carl Crawford stole three bases for the Devil Rays.

    Helling has given up 10 homers over his past three starts and 30 overall. He allowed five runs and six hits in five innings. The outing may have cost Helling his spot in the rotation.

    "That's a question that needs to be answered in a couple days from now," Orioles manager Mike Hargrove said. "He's been hit by the home run bug all year. It is his Achilles' heel. Today it was bad location."

    "The first two innings, I made a lot bad pitches," Helling said. "It's frustrating when you're in one of these stretches. It's a very humbling game."

    Larry Bigbie's RBI double and a two-run double by Roberts got Baltimore within 5-4 in the sixth against Jeremi Gonzalez.

    Jay Gibbons gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead with an RBI double in the Baltimore first.

    Gibbons' hit also ended Gonzalez's 13-inning scoreless streak. It's five innings short of Rolando Arrojo's team record set in 1998.

    The Orioles had at least one runner reach base in each of first seven innings, but went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position during the stretch.

    Game notes


    The Devil Rays have been outhomered at home 74-41. ... Crawford stole second in the first, fifth and seventh innings. He leads the AL with 37 stolen bases. ... Helling has given up 61 runs over 78 innings in his 14 road starts. ... Huff's homer extended his hitting streak to 10 games. ... Matos doubled in the fifth to end an 0-for-12 slide. ... Tampa Bay has four game-ending hits in the past nine games. ... The Devil Rays are 20-19 in one-run games. They are 12-2 in such games since dropping nine straight in June.

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