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Rays complete sweep, extend O's skid to nine

• Unsung heroes: Josh Wilson and Akinori Iwamura also homered for the Devil Rays, who trailed in all three games of the series.

• Goat: Jeremy Guthrie gave up six runs, five earned, and eight hits in six innings. The rookie went 0-2 in six August starts.

• Figure this: Tampa Bay's last road sweep came in Cleveland on Aug. 12-14, 2005, and the Devil Rays hadn't won three straight on the road since September of the same season.

• Figure this II: It was the worst 10-game homestand in Orioles history, surpassing a 2-8 mark in September 1987.

-- ESPN.com news services

Devil Rays 8, Orioles 6

BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Devil Rays finally found a city
they didn't want to leave.

The Baltimore Orioles couldn't wait to get out of town.

The Devil Rays completed their first road sweep in more than two
years, getting a three-run homer from B.J. Upton in an 8-6 victory
over Baltimore on Thursday night that extended the Orioles' losing
streak to nine games.

Josh Wilson and Akinori Iwamura also homered for the Devil Rays,
who trailed in all three games of the series. Tampa Bay's last road
sweep came in Cleveland on Aug. 12-14, 2005, and the Devil Rays
hadn't won three straight on the road since September of the same
season.

"We talked earlier about finishing strong, and certainly to
come out and get these three games ... it certainly sets us on the
right track," Wilson said as the Devil Rays packed for a trip to
Yankee Stadium.

"Now we go into New York," Wilson said, "and hopefully we'll
play them tough and get on our way to finishing the season the way
we want to and take it into next year."

Nick Markakis and Kevin Millar homered for the Orioles, who won
the opener of a 10-game homestand before a 30-3 loss to Texas began
the skid on the same day the team announced manager Dave Trembley
would return in 2008.

It's enough to make a team want to go to Fenway Park for a
three-game series against the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox.

"Yeah, maybe we'll start a winning streak in Boston," Trembley
said. "That's the mind-set you've got to have. I don't think
there's any other way to look at it. What's done is done."

It was the worst 10-game homestand in Orioles history,
surpassing a 2-8 mark in September 1987. Baltimore surrendered 100
runs to Texas, Minnesota and Tampa Bay -- the most the Orioles have
ever yielded in a 10-game stretch.

Baltimore has been outscored 98-38 during the nine-game losing
streak, which matches a season high. The last time it happened, in
mid-June, the Orioles fired manager Sam Perlozzo after the run
reached eight.

Although the bullpen has received much of the blame for the
current slide, Baltimore failed in the clutch Thursday, going
2-for-14 with runners in scoring position.

"We had some chances to do some things and blow it open,"
Trembley said, "and we didn't."

Tampa Bay starter Scott Kazmir (11-8) allowed five runs, four
earned, in five innings. He struck out five to raise his
single-season club record total to 194.

Al Reyes gave up an RBI double to Corey Patterson in the ninth
before finishing up for his 22nd save.

Jeremy Guthrie (7-5) gave up six runs, five earned, and eight
hits in six innings. The rookie went 0-2 in six August starts.

Tampa Bay snapped a 5-5 tie in the sixth. Jonny Gomes led off
with a double, advanced on an infield hit by Wilson and scored on a
two-out single by Carl Crawford.

Iwamura homered off Jim Hoey in the eighth to make it 7-5, and
Greg Norton added a sacrifice fly in the ninth. That all but
assured the Devil Rays their first three-game sweep in Baltimore;
Tampa Bay swept a four-game series at Camden Yards in 1998.

The first three batters to face Kazmir provided the Orioles with
a 3-0 lead. Brian Roberts hit a leadoff double, Patterson reached
when Kazmir misplayed his bunt, and Markakis hit his 15th homer on
an a 2-0 fastball.

"We came out like gangbusters and put three on the board in the
first inning and we thought, 'Hey, we're off to the races. We're
going to break this thing wide open,' " Trembley said.

But Tampa Bay went ahead with a four-run fourth. Wilson led off
with his first major league homer, and Guthrie got two outs before
Crawford doubled and Carlos Pena walked. Upton followed with his
21st home run, the fifth in 12 games.

"B.J. totally shifted it back, turned the momentum around and
gave us a much better feel about it," Devil Rays manager Joe
Maddon said.

Baltimore regained the lead in the bottom half when Millar
homered into the fourth row of the left-field seats after a one-out
single by Miguel Tejada. The Devil Rays pulled even with an
unearned run in the fourth.

Game notes
Crawford's two hits gave him 48 in August. If he gets two
in New York on Friday, he will become the 27th player in the last
50 years to get 50 in a single month. ... Baltimore's Melvin Mora
hit into his team-high 20th double play. ... Guthrie has allowed at
least two homers eight times this season, and is 0-4 in those
games.