Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Tampa Bay won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, April 9
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Game 2: Saturday, April 10
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Game 3: Sunday, April 11
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Orioles 1

(3-4, 1-2 away)

Devil Rays 10

(4-3, 4-3 home)

    1:15 PM ET, April 11, 2004

    Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida 

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    W: V. Zambrano (3-0)

    L: E. DuBose (0-2)

    Devil Rays overpower Orioles 6-1

    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."

    Game notes


    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.

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