BALTIMORE (AP) -- Sam Perlozzo settled into the plush chair in
the manager's office and smiled. He tried valiantly to sway the
conversation toward his baseball team, yet there was no masking the
pleasure he derived from his first victory at Camden Yards.
Erik Bedard pitched seven strong innings to earn his first win
since May 21, and the Baltimore Orioles used a three-run seventh to
beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 5-2 Tuesday night.Eric Byrnes homered for the Orioles, now 3-2 under Perlozzo, who
took over as interim manager after Lee Mazzilli was fired on Aug.
4."It is a special moment for me to be here," Perlozzo said.
"This is the Baltimore Orioles. You're right behind the desk here
and the team went out there and played like they did. I can't be
more happy about that."Perlozzo didn't get a game ball, and until someone suggested
that he keep the lineup card, the thought hadn't crossed his mind.
No problem, because he intends to get many more wins over the next
two months in his bid to remove the "interim" tag from his title
in 2006."Sooner or later, we've got to get by me and get with the ball
club," Perlozzo said. "I didn't do anything tonight. They did."With the score 2-all, Chris Gomez led off the seventh with a
single off Scott Kazmir (6-8). After a sacrifice bunt, Chad Orvella
came in and walked Byrnes before Melvin Mora, Miguel Tejada and
Javy Lopez hit RBI singles.That made a winner out of Bedard (6-4), 0-3 in four starts since
ending a two-month stint on the disabled list July 18. The
left-hander gave up two runs, five hits and four walks."I don't remember my last win. It feels good," Bedard said.
"I worked hard to get back -- unfortunately it took pretty long --
but I kept it going and turned things around."Jason Grimsley and Tim Byrdak worked the eighth, and B.J. Ryan
struck out the side in the ninth for his 24th save.It was only the fourth win in 20 games for the Orioles, who got
12 hits -- 11 of them singles.Toby Hall drove in both runs for Tampa Bay, which managed only
three hits after the second inning."I think the story tonight was their pitching and our lack of
mounting too much offensively," Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella
said. "We had a day off yesterday, a long trip in from the Coast.
We didn't get on the field today because of the weather, so
hopefully tomorrow we'll get some work in before the game and we'll
swing the bats."Kazmir allowed three runs, eight hits and four walks in losing
for the first time in five starts since July 8."It took time to find my release point and everything. I don't
think I threw one slider for a strike," he said. "Hitters notice
that."Down 2-0, the Orioles pulled even in the fifth, when Brian
Roberts hit a leadoff single and Byrnes homered on a 2-1 pitch."Byrnes' hit was a big one," Perlozzo said. "That's a
tremendous lift for the ball club at the particular point in the
game."Byrnes has at least one hit in all 10 games since joining the
Orioles in a July 29 trade with Colorado. He went 1-for-3 with two
walks.Tampa Bay went up 2-0 in the second when Hall singled in two
runs after a single and two walks loaded the bases.The Orioles, meanwhile, stranded two runners in each of the
first three innings. In the fourth, Baltimore hitting coach Terry
Crowley was ejected by home plate umpire Bill Hohn for arguing a
third-strike call on Chris Gomez.Hohn also ejected Devil Rays first baseman Eduardo Perez with
one out in the ninth for arguing a called third strike."Bill's a good umpire," Piniella said, "but he had a rough
The Orioles put RHP Sidney Ponson (calf) and OF B.J.
Surhoff (groin) on the 15-day disabled list, part of a series of
moves involving six players. Newcomer Alejando Freire, in his major
league debut, went 0-for-4 as the DH, the only Baltimore starter to
go hitless. ... Mora snapped a 2-for-28 skid with a fifth-inning
single. ... Tampa Bay has allowed the most homers in the AL (136).