ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- David Newhan is making the most of
Newhan hit a tiebreaking, two-run triple in the seventh inning,
and the Baltimore Orioles hung on for a 5-4 victory over the Tampa
Bay Devil Rays on Thursday night.
Newhan finished 3-for-5 with two RBI and Larry Bigbie homered
for the Orioles, who won for the second time in six games.
"I always had confidence in myself, but in this game you've got
to prove yourself every night," Newhan said. "Tonight was a good
one. We won, I had some success, but tomorrow's going to be a new
day and I've just got to keep doing it."
Newhan, hitting .433, was released by the Texas Rangers last
month while playing for their Triple-A Oklahoma team.
"This kid, since the day we got him, has been swinging the
bat," Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli said. "He's done a wonderful
Daniel Cabrera (7-3) gave up three runs and five hits in six
innings, sending the Devil Rays to their fifth straight loss.
Julio has blown two saves against Tampa Bay this season.
Huff homered for the Devil Rays, who had lost four straight to
New York at Yankee Stadium heading into the All-Star break.
Harper gave up two runs and two hits in 1 2-3 innings.
Bobby Seay came in and Newhan hit an 0-1 pitch to right field
scoring both runners with his third triple of the season. Newhan
has a hit in 23 of 24 games, including all 23 starts since signing
with Baltimore June 18.
Cabrera, who struck out six and walked five, had his start moved
up a day when Erik Bedard, the scheduled starter, had his flight
from Canada grounded Wednesday by inclement weather.
"I didn't have my best stuff," Cabrera said. "I feel good
because we won."
Victor Zambrano lasted just 4 1-3 innings, allowing two runs and
four hits. He walked six -- giving him a major league-leading 90
walks -- and started the game with six straight balls. He also had a
throwing error on a potential double play grounder later in the
first that lead to an unearned run.
Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella was clearly frustrated by
Zambrano's continuing control problems.
"Sooner or later, just take the bull by the horns, get
aggressive, throw the ball in the strike zone and take your
chances," Piniella said.
Rafael Palmeiro put the Orioles up 1-0 with an RBI grounder in
Tampa Bay went ahead 2-1 in the bottom half on Huff's two-run
Carl Crawford extended Tampa Bay's lead to 3-1 with an RBI
triple in the second. He also hit his 11th triple in the seventh --
a single-season team record.
The Devil Rays had a chance to blow open the game when they
loaded the bases with two outs in the third, but Cabrera retired
Rey Sanchez on a grounder.
Baltimore scored just once after loading the bases with no outs
in the fourth on Jose Leon's one-out sacrifice fly.
Bigbie tied it at 3 with a solo homer off Trever Miller in the
After Newhan gave Baltimore a two-run lead in the seventh, Rocco
Baldelli drove in Crawford in the bottom of the inning to cut Tampa
Bay's deficit to 5-4.
Bedard joined the Orioles on Thursday afternoon and will
pitch Friday. ... Tampa Bay LHP John Halama will replace LHP Mark
Hendrickson (stiff neck) as Friday's starter. ... Devil Rays DH
Fred McGriff, who has 493 homers, went 0-for-3 and hasn't homered
since June 17. McGriff's roster spot might be in jeopardy when
Tampa Bay begins calling up prospects from the minors. ... Tejada
is hitless in 12 at-bats, including 0-for-2 Thursday, against
Zambrano. ... A teenage fan was taken to an area hospital after
being hit in the mouth area by a line foul hit by Baltimore RF
Jerry Hairston in the fourth. A Devil Rays official said the fan
was expected to be examined and released.