ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Victor Zambrano does his best
pitching when in a jam.
Zambrano won his third game of the season by allowing one run
over 6 2-3 innings and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays beat the Baltimore
Orioles 10-1 on Sunday.Zambrano (3-0) gave up seven hits, two walks and struck out six.
He pitched out of trouble throughout, holding the Orioles to
2-for-12 with runners in scoring position."Victor has got that uncanny ability to do that," Devil Rays
manager Lou Piniella said. "He's got good stuff, that's obvious.
Just a question of being a little more economical with his pitches.
I'll tell you this ... how can you fault anybody 3-0. We've won
four games and he's won three of them."Zambrano is the first starting pitcher to win three times
through his team's first seven games since Kevin Appier
accomplished the feat for Kansas City in 1995. He threw 72 of 121
pitches for strikes."It's important for the team," Zambrano said. "It's a really
good thing for us. We are a team. We're working together."Aubrey Huff, Jose Cruz Jr. and Tino Martinez homered for the
Devil Rays.It was an ugly outing for the Orioles. Baltimore allowed 11
hits, five walks and made two errors. Reliever John Parrish had
three wild pitches, two of which allowed runners to score from
third."Other than walks, home runs, wild pitches and errors, we
played a pretty good game," Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli said.
"That's the only way I can look at it."Baltimore's Javy Lopez went 1-for-3 with a walk and is hitting
.577 (15-26) in seven games with his new team.Eric DuBose (0-2) allowed five runs and seven hits in six
innings. Three of the hits were homers."It wasn't a terrible outing," DuBose said. "You take away
three pitches and you've got a good game. That's the difference
between having a good outing and a bad outing or mediocre outing."Huff made it 2-0 on his first homer of the season in the third.The Orioles had runners on first and second with no outs in the
fourth, but failed to score. Jay Gibbons grounded into Baltimore's
ninth double play this season before David Segui lined out to left."He had pretty good stuff today and he knew how to use it in
situations when he had men in scoring position," Lopez said of
Zambrano. "He was pretty smart out there."Segui was ejected by plate umpire Marvin Hudson for arguing a
called third strike in the eighth.The Devil Rays went up 3-0 in fifth when Carl Crawford stole two
bases and scored on Rocco Baldelli's single. Baldelli went 3-for-4
to snap an 0-for-10 slump."Lou (Piniella) told me a couple things before the game, I
tried them and they worked very well," Baldelli said. "It was a
balance issue where I was just getting on my heels. I'll probably
keep trying them."Cruz and Martinez hit back-to-back homers on consecutive pitches
in the sixth to make it 5-0.Martinez tied Rogers Hornsby for 97th place on the career home
runs list with 301.Melvin Mora had a two-out RBI single that ended Zambrano's day
in the seventh and made it 5-1.The Devil Rays scored four in the eighth, highlighted by
Crawford's RBI single."You know the old saying, hitting is contagious," Crawford
said. "It feels great."
Orioles SS Miguel Tejada had a busy first inning, getting
three assists and making an error. He made a nice defensive play
when he fielded Crawford's grounder behind second base and used a
spin move to throw out the speedy leadoff hitter. Two batters later
Tejada was charged with an error for an errant throw to second on a
potential double-play grounder by Huff. ... Devil Rays senior
adviser Don Zimmer watched from the stands with his son Tom, who is
a scout for San Francisco. ... It was the second time in three
games that Crawford stole two bases in the same inning.