Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

Tampa Bay leads 2-0 (as of 7/22)

Game 1: Friday, July 21
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Game 2: Saturday, July 22
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Game 3: Sunday, July 23
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Orioles 12

(44-55, 17-30 away)

Devil Rays 13

(41-57, 24-20 home)

    7:15 PM ET, July 22, 2006

    Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida 

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    W: S. Camp (3-0)

    L: R. Lopez (6-11)

    S: B. Meadows (6)

    Rays' 10-run fifth licks Orioles' nine-run seventh

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Julio Lugo homered twice during a 10-run fifth inning, helping the Tampa Bay Devil Rays build a big enough cushion to hold on for a 13-12 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday night.

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    The Devil Rays scored 10 runs in the fifth inning and three in the sixth to take a 13-3 lead over the Orioles, but were forced to hold on for dear life after Baltimore scored nine in the seventh. Hold on they did, however: The Rays won, 13-12.

    It was only the fourth game in major league history in which each team posted an inning of nine-or-more runs. The last time was on June 3, 1933, when the Philadelphia Athletics, with a lineup featuring future Hall-of-Famers Jimmie Foxx and Mickey Cochrane, scored 11 runs in the third inning at Yankee Stadium, only to see the Ruth-and-Gehrig Yankees respond with 10 in the fifth and go on to a 17-11 victory.

    The Orioles amassed the most hits by a major-league team in a nine-inning loss since the Cubs accumulated 22 hits while dropping a 15-12 decision to the Reds in 2002. Before that, you have to go back an additional 22 years until you find the Athletics getting 22 hits while losing, 20-11, to the Twins at old Metropolitan Stadium in 1980.

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    Lugo hit a pair of two-run homers. Russell Branyan, who also had four RBI, added a three-run shot in the fifth to help the Devil Rays build a 10-3 lead against Baltimore starter Rodrigo Lopez (6-11).

    Tampa Bay scored three more in the sixth to make it 13-3, then nearly left the game slip away when Baltimore rallied for nine runs in the seventh.

    The Orioles loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth, but right-hander Brian Meadows got Brian Roberts to fly to shallow centerfield and Ramon Hernandez to hit into an inning-ending double play.

    Shawn Camp (3-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win. Meadows, with help from Tampa Bay's fifth double play of the night, pitched 2 1/3 innings for his sixth save.

    Corey Patterson went 5-for-5 with two RBI for Baltimore and Miguel Tejada was 4-for-5.

    A night after hitting four homers and scoring a season-high 14 runs off Orioles pitching to stop a seven-game losing streak, the Devil Rays started slowly against Lopez, who limited them to a pair of singles over the first four innings.

    The Baltimore starter's night went downhill in a hurry in the fifth. Branyan began Tampa Bay's big inning with a double off the centerfield wall and hit his homer off reliever Kurt Birkins to remain the only position player in the majors with more home runs (11) than singles (9) this season.

    Lugo homered during Friday's win and connected against Lopez to tie this one 3-all. He hit the second off Birkins to make it 10-3.

    The Devil Rays sent 14 men to the plate in the inning, with the first seven reaching on hits off Lopez, who allowed seven runs and nine in 4 1-3 innings. Rocco Baldelli, Greg Norton and Dioner Navarro had RBI singles in the fifth, while Carl Crawford hit his AL-leading 10th triple and also doubled in the inning.

    Lugo became the second Tampa Bay player to homer twice in the same inning. Jared Sandberg did it against the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 11, 2002.

    Baltimore used run-scoring singles by Brandon Fahey and Jeff Conine and Patterson's RBI double to take a 3-0 lead in the first, however the Orioles failed to take full advantage of having the first eight batters of the game reach base against Devil Rays starter Tim Corcoran.

    Fahey and Tejada were caught stealing in the first, and Corcoran escaped further damage when he struck out Nick Markakis with the bases loaded. The Orioles didn't score again until the seventh when Conine had a sacrifice fly and a RBI single.

    Melvin Mora had a two-run single in the seventh, and Patterson, Javy Lopez, Nick Markakis, Hernandez and Roberts, who had four hits, all drove in one run apiece in the inning as Baltimore trimmed the big deficit to 13-12.

    Game notes


    With his 10th triple, Crawford became the first AL player in over 40 years with double-digit triples and home runs in three consecutive seasons. Minnesota's Zoilo Versalles did it from 1963-65. ... Baltimore C Javy Lopez returned to the lineup after sitting out the previous four games because of lower back pain. ... Orioles LHP Erik Bedard, who missed Friday's scheduled start against the Devil Rays because of lower back pain, is set to pitch Sunday's series finale.

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