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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.