ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Melvin Mora was looking for a good
pitch to hit and he got it.
Mora hit a go-ahead two-run homer during a three-run ninth
inning to lift the Baltimore Orioles over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays
6-5 on Thursday night."That's a good sign for a team to battle late in the game like
that," Baltimore manager Sam Perlozzo said. "That's a big win for
us. It's a real positive for this ballclub to be able to do things
like that and get us going again."Brian Roberts cut Tampa Bay's lead to 5-4 with a sacrifice fly,
and Mora's two-out drive off closer Dan Miceli (0-1) gave Baltimore
the lead. All four of Mora's homers this season have come against
the Devil Rays."I was just waiting for that," Mora said of a first-pitch
cutter.Ty Wigginton homered for the third consecutive game and Travis
Lee, Tomas Perez and Jonny Gomes also had solo shots for the Devil
Rays, who have 16 homers in 10 games this season.Baltimore starter Bruce Chen gave up five runs and five hits in
7 2-3 innings. He allowed a career-high four homers."We won, so obviously I feel very good," Chen said.Chris Ray (1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win as the
Orioles won three of four in the series."A big difference, to finish off with a win like that,"
Perlozzo said. "There was more emotion in the dugout the last two
innings than I've seen the entire game."Devil Rays right-hander Doug Waechter allowed one run and six
hits in six-plus innings. He retired 15 of his last 18 batters
after Ramon Hernandez doubled leading off the second.Tampa Bay reliever Scott Dunn retired all three batters he faced
when Waechter was pulled after giving up a leadoff single to
Hernandez in the seventh.Shawn Camp allowed eighth-inning RBI singles to Miguel Tejada
and Hernandez as the Orioles pulled within one. Miceli, who blew
his first save in four opportunities, struck out Kevin Millar with
two on and two outs in the eighth."I got out of a jam in the eighth," Miceli said. "I got a
little wild in the ninth and I just got beat."Tejada drove in a run with a groundout in the first but
Wigginton's solo homer tied it at 1 in the second inning.Lee gave Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead with his fourth homer of the
season in the fourth. He didn't hit his fourth home run last season
until the Devil Rays' 110th game.Perez made it 3-1 in the fifth, hitting his first home run since
Aug. 30, 2004.Gomes' shot put Tampa Bay ahead by three runs in the sixth. He
had a tiebreaking grand slam in the eighth inning of the Devil
Rays' 7-4 win over the Orioles on Wednesday night."When it happens for you, you're very happy," Tampa Bay
manager Joe Maddon said. "When it happens against you, you're not
quite so happy."The Devil Rays took a 5-3 lead in the eighth when Gomes had an
RBI single off reliever Jim Brower.
Miceli has allowed a homer in three of his five
appearances. ... Waechter appeared to get hit on the foot by Jay
Gibbons' grounder in the first. ... Tampa Bay 2B Jorge Cantu
(bruised left foot) was in the lineup for the first time since last
Friday. ... Orioles LF David Newhan (sore finger) and DH Javy Lopez
(sore thumb and forearm) started after not playing Wednesday. ...
Tejada had two hits for his fifth multihit game this season. ...
Baltimore went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position during the
first two innings. ... Gibbons singled in the eighth and has a
nine-game hitting streak.