Series: Game 4 of 4

Series tied 2-2 (as of 7/18)

Game 1: Thursday, July 15
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Game 2: Friday, July 16
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Game 3: Saturday, July 17
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Game 4: Sunday, July 18
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Orioles 2

(39-50, 19-24 away)

Devil Rays 7

(44-47, 25-20 home)

    1:15 PM ET, July 18, 2004

    Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida 

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    W: M. Hendrickson (7-7)

    L: D. Borkowski (1-1)

    Another left-hander smothers Baltimore

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Mark Hendrickson's start was pushed back two days because of a stiff neck. It turned out to be the right move.

    Hendrickson pitched a four-hitter for his second career complete game, Carl Crawford hit a two-run triple during a five-run sixth inning and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-2 Sunday.

    Hendrickson (7-7) struck out six and walked one in Tampa Bay's first complete game since Victor Zambrano beat Oakland 11-2 on Sept. 7, 2003. The former NBA player retired his first 12 batters before Javy Lopez opened the fifth with a ground-rule double to right.

    "I was looking at the fact that maybe the stiff neck would be a blessing," Hendrickson said. "A couple extra days might have been beneficial."

    Hendrickson's other complete game was a rain-shortened, seven-inning shutout last July 21 at Yankee Stadium for Toronto.

    "A stellar performance," Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella said. "A complete game, nice and strong. He's quietly having a real nice season."

    Long stretches without complete games is nothing new for Tampa Bay, which set a major league record of 194 straight games without one from 2001-02.

    "Toward the end, I just wanted to finish it," Hendrickson said.

    Crawford made it 7-2 with his triple off Mike DeJean. Jorge Cantu, Toby Hall and Joey Gathright hit consecutive RBI singles off Eddy Rodriguez earlier in the sixth, snapping the Devil Rays' 0-for-21 slide with runners in scoring position.

    "That was a thing of beauty," Piniella said.

    The Devil Rays scored just 19 runs in losing six of their seven previous games.

    "We've been getting into scoring position, but we just haven't been getting the hits," Crawford said. "Today we got the hits. It felt great to be able to drive in runs."

    Tampa Bay was 5-for-38 with runners in scoring position in splitting the four-game series. The Orioles were 2-of-25.

    Melvin Mora homered for Baltimore in his return from the 15-day disabled list. He had been out since straining his right hamstring July 2.

    The Orioles (39-50) are 9-21 when the opponent starts a left-hander. Baltimore has been limited to six or fewer hits 12 times since June 1.

    "We've been hitting extra," Baltimore manager Lee Mazzilli said. "You've got to do it in the game. We've got to take what we do and work on and we've got to implement it into the game."

    Dave Borkowski (1-1) allowed four runs and six hits over five-plus innings in his second start and third appearance of the season. He was brought up from Triple-A Ottawa on July 5.

    "I didn't feel great all the way around," Borkowski said. "I'd throw a couple good pitches and then things would go everywhere. Any momentum we had going, I killed it by going out there and giving up another run."

    Borkowski had elbow ligament replacement surgery in November 2001. He won his previous start, giving up two runs in 8 1-3 innings of an 8-2 win over the Devil Rays on July 5. It was his first major league victory since Sept. 26, 1999.

    The Devil Rays went up 1-0 in the first. Jose Cruz Jr. tripled and scored on Aubrey Huff's grounder.

    Jerry Hairston Jr. tied it at 1 when he drove in Lopez with a sacrifice fly in the fifth.

    Cruz put the Devil Rays ahead 2-1 with a two-out double in the bottom of the inning.

    Mora homered to pull the Orioles even at 2 in the sixth.

    Game notes

    Hendrickson struggled in his previous outing, allowing five runs and eight hits in three innings of last Sunday's 10-3 loss to the Yankees. ... Baltimore INF Jose Leon was optioned to Triple-A Ottawa to make room on the roster for Mora. ... Cantu singled in the second for his first career hit. He flied out as a pinch-hitter in his major league debut Saturday. ... Hairston took an extra-base hit away from Cruz in the third, when he made a fully extended leaping catch just in front of the right-field warning track.

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