Series: Game 1 of 4

Baltimore leads 1-0 (as of 7/5)

Game 1: Monday, July 5
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Game 2: Monday, July 5
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Game 3: Tuesday, July 6
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Game 4: Wednesday, July 7
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Devil Rays 2

(40-40, 17-22 away)

Orioles 4

(35-44, 18-22 home)

    1:35 PM ET, July 5, 2004

    Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland 

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    W: B. Ryan (3-2)

    L: D. Brazelton (2-1)

    S: J. Julio (12)

    Tejada's hitting streak ends in victory

    BALTIMORE (AP) -- During a season in which they have been tormented by poor pitching and a glaring lack of clutch hitting, the Baltimore Orioles eliminated those deficiencies Monday.

    The result was an uplifting 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.

    Daniel Cabrera and two relievers limited Tampa Bay to four hits, and the Orioles broke a seventh-inning deadlock with successive two-out RBI doubles by Luis Matos and Tim Raines Jr.

    "Cabrera was outstanding," Baltimore manager Lee Mazzilli said. "And today was a good game because we had some two-out hits that were big."

    Javy Lopez had two hits and scored twice for the Orioles, who improved to 3-2 in July after they went 8-19 in June. Miguel Tejada went 0-for-4, ending his 19-game hitting streak.

    Tino Martinez homered for the Devil Rays, who have lost two straight after winning 19 of 23. Tampa Bay scored only five runs in its last four losses.

    "We're struggling to score runs," manager Lou Piniella said. "We've been shut out twice and you've got to score runs in this league to win with any consistency. It's too hard to win with two or three runs."

    Baltimore took the lead with a two-run seventh against Dewon Brazelton (2-1). Lopez hit a leadoff double, but the next two batters grounded out. Matos and Raines followed with consecutive doubles.

    The Orioles came in batting .237 with two outs and runners in scoring position, and Matos was batting just .246 when he came to the plate with the game hanging in the balance. But he delivered with a liner into the left-field corner.

    "That was big for him, no question," Mazzilli said. "It was a lift for all of us. When you have a man on third and don't get him in, it deflates you. But Luis got a big two-out hit, and then Timmy got another two-out hit."

    And, on this day, the bullpen made it stand up. B.J. Ryan (3-2) retired all four batters he faced and Jorge Julio worked the ninth for his 12th save. His only two blown saves were against Tampa Bay.

    Baltimore's bullpen came in with a 4.35 ERA and 11 blown saves in 25 chances.

    Brazelton permitted only one runner over the first four innings and struck out five of his 13 batters, but Baltimore took a 2-0 lead in the fifth. Lopez was hit by a pitch and took third on a double by Larry Bigbie before Jerry Hairston singled in a run. Bigbie scored on a double-play grounder.

    That was the extent of the Baltimore offense until the seventh, when Brazelton was on the brink of escaping unscathed before Matos and Raines delivered. The right-hander was hoping to justify Piniella's faith in keeping him in, but couldn't come through.

    "It feels good. He's a very hard guy to earn his trust," Brazelton said. "It was a big vote of confidence for me, and I wish I'd actually gotten out of it. But for him to come out and give me that opportunity, that was good, because I thought I was done."

    Cabrera held the Devil Rays to one hit through five innings but needed a defensive gem to keep the game scoreless in the second.

    After Julio Lugo was credited with a two-out triple when Raines failed to make a diving catch of his sinking liner to right, Cabrera loaded the bases with two walks. Raines then made amends with a fine diving catch of a short line drive by Rey Sanchez.

    "I figured there was no way I was going to let that run score because I felt like I should have caught the first one," Raines said.

    But the Devil Rays tied it in the sixth. Rocco Baldelli singled and Martinez hit his 13th homer, a two-out drive on a 3-2 pitch. Four of Martinez's five hits against the Orioles this season have been homers.

    Cabrera was pulled in the seventh after a two-out double by Sanchez, who was stranded when Ryan retired Carl Crawford on a liner to third.

    Game notes

    The Orioles placed 3B Melvin Mora on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring to make room for second-game starter Dave Borkowski. ... It was Martinez's first homer since June 19. ... Tejada played in his 673rd consecutive game, tying Earl Averill Sr. for the 16th-longest streak in major league history.

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