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.
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.