BALTIMORE (AP) -- Sam Perlozzo didn't feel the need to raise his
voice or single anyone out during a postgame meeting that followed
another frustrating loss, one that included a dugout squabble.
The Baltimore Orioles' interim manager wanted just to make one
point: Lackluster play will not be tolerated.Alex Gonzalez had three hits, drove in two runs and scored the
tiebreaking run on an eighth-inning throwing error by Baltimore
catcher Sal Fasano, and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays beat the Orioles
6-5 Sunday.The Devil Rays scored two runs on errors and another on a wild
pitch."We're better than we're playing; we just need to concentrate a
little more," said Perlozzo, who has led Baltimore to a 19-22
record since replacing Lee Mazzilli on Aug. 4. "It's not OK not to
execute. ... As a team, I told them it's not going to happen next
year. It's not acceptable."Orioles starter Daniel Cabrera allowed four runs -- three earned
-- six hits and five walks in six innings and Cabrera appeared to
get into a dugout argument with Miguel Tejada after leaving the
game. The pitcher and Perlozzo downplayed any friction."Anything that happens in the dugout, that's where it stays,"
Cabrera said."Everything's cool," Perlozzo said.With the score 4-all, Gonzalez singled off Todd Williams (5-5)
leading off the eighth, pinch-hitter Nick Green sacrificed and Joey
Gathright's infield single moved Gonzalez to third.With Julio Lugo batting, Gathright broke for second and Fasano's
throw on a pitchout went past Tejada at shortstop on a short hop as
Gonzalez scored for a 5-4 lead.Gathright took third and Williams' next pitch was high, outside
and beyond Fasano's grasp, allowing Gathright to score on the wild
pitch."I'm not a guy that's going to hit home runs," Gathright said.
"Causing problems, scoring runs is what I'm supposed to do."Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella agreed Gathright's speed was the
key to prolonging the rally."He's quick -- isn't he quick?" Piniella said. "He made that
happen in the eighth inning That's the way to manufacture a run.
... Speed is a constant. It makes infielders shorten up a little
bit, creates holes for hitters. There is a big advantage to having
speed."Travis Harper (4-6) pitched a scoreless seventh, and Danys Baez
worked the ninth for his 37th save, allowing an RBI single to Brian
Roberts before retiring Fasano on a lineout with the potential
tying run on third.Tampa Bay took two of three at Baltimore and has won three
straight road series for only the second time in the franchise's
eight-year history. Doug Waechter, who failed to record an out in a
17-3 loss Tuesday to at New York Yankees, gave up four runs and
nine hits in six innings.Bernie Castro's RBI single gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead in the
third, but Cabera walked Aubrey Huff with the bases loaded in the
fourth and Alex Gonzalez hit a two-run single, with another run
scoring when Castro, making his first major league start in the
outfield, overran the ball for an error.Waechter allowed Baltimore to tie the score in the sixth on B.J.
Surhoff's two-run double an infield grounder by 322-pound Walter
Young, who beat Lugo's relay to avoid an inning-ending double
Tejada hit his league-leading 48th double in the second.
... Crawford went 3-for-5 and has a career-high 186 hits, one more
than last year. ... Tampa Bay has held the lead in 27 of its last
31 games, but is only 16-15 over that span. ... Harper's 67 1-3
innings pitched this season leads Rays relievers.