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9 - 7 Final
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Homers by Bynum, Mora key rally by Orioles

Apr 17, 2007 - 4:36 AM ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (Ticker) -- Not even a three-error play and an early six-run deficit could slow down the Baltimore Orioles' charge past .500.

Freddie Bynum and Melvin Mora both hit two-run homers as the Orioles captured their fourth consecutive win with a 9-7 comeback victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the opener of a three-game series.

Denied a chance to complete a four-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals on Sunday due to the major storm that swamped the East Coast, Baltimore (7-6) shook off a poor outing from Adam Loewen and some sloppy play to pull above .500 for the first time since a 13-12 mark last April 29.

"It was a tale of two games, it started out really badly with that circus play," said Orioles first baseman Aubrey Huff, who committed two of the three errors that allowed the Devil Rays to open the scoring in the third inning. "That's a lot of character this team showed tonight doing that."

Since being swept by the Minnesota Twins in the season-opening series, the Orioles have won seven of their last 10 games.

Trailing, 7-1, after five innings, Bynum hit his first homer of the season in the sixth off Devil Rays starter James Shields to ignite the Orioles' biggest comeback since May 2005 at Kansas City.

"I thought that was the one that got us within four and gave us some life and I thought the dugout responded that way," Baltimore manager Sam Perlozzo said.

Coming into the game with just two pinch-hit at-bats, Bynum drove in the go-ahead run on a groundout in the seventh, two batters after Jay Gibbons tied it with an RBI double off Jae Kuk Ryu (1-1), who gave up three runs and three hits without retiring a batter.

"We just could not stop them from scoring," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "We did a lot of good things tonight but the one thing we did not do was hold a significant lead. We have to hold that lead."

Mora, who also finished with three RBI, hit his third homer of the campaign off Ryu earlier in the seventh and Aubrey Huff added some insurance with his first home run of the season in the ninth.

Huff, who finished with two hits and scored a pair of runs, was playing his first game against Tampa Bay since being traded to Houston at the trade deadline last year.

"It feels good to get the first one out of the way regardless of who it's against," Huff said.

Jeremy Guthrie (1-0) allowed a run, a hit and three walks in 2 1/3 innings of relief of Loewen, who was charged with six runs - four earned - and five walks in 3 2/3 frames.

"I did not have the feel out there today and I know I'm a smarter pitcher than what I showed out there," Loewen said.

Closer Chris Ray struck out one in a perfect ninth for his fourth save.

Early on, the Orioles looked very shaky, committing three errors on one play that allowed the Devil Rays to open the scoring in the third.

Huff picked up his first two errors of the season when he misplayed a check-swing ground ball by B.J. Upton and then had an errant throw to Loewen at first.

Catcher Paul Bako, who was backing up on the play, then unleashed a wild throw to home, enabling Brendan Harris, who led off the inning with a single, to score and Upton to reach third.

"That doesn't happen very often," Maddon said of the miscue-filled play.

It was the first time that a team had three errors on one play since May 23, 1998, when the Houston Astros did it in the fourth inning against the San Diego Padres.

The Devil Rays extended the lead to 6-0 in the fourth when Ty Wigginton's three-run double greeted Guthrie, who replaced Loewen after he walked Carl Crawford to load the bases moments earlier.

Despite the stellar support, Shields could not make it stand up, finishing with five runs and nine hits allowed in 6 1/3 frames.

The righthander proved to be his own worst enemy, issuing a two-out walk to Kevin Millar in the sixth before Bynum drove the first pitch of the at-bat over the right field wall to start the comeback.

"You're up that many runs, you can't walk anybody," Shields said.








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    BALTIMORE 0 0 0 0 1 2 5 0 1 9 13 3
    TAMPA BAY 0 0 2 4 1 0 0 0 0 7 6 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: BAL - ADAM LOEWEN, JEREMY GUTHRIE (4TH), CHAD BRADFORD (7TH), JOHN
    PARRISH (7TH), DANYS BAEZ (8TH), CHRIS RAY (9TH) AND PAUL BAKO
    TAM - JAMES SHIELDS, JAE KUK RYU (

    Apr 16 10:15 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY AUBREY HUFF (1) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT IN THE
    9TH OFF JUAN SALAS.
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 9, TAMPA BAY 7
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: J GIBBONS (.279, 1-FOR-4, 2 RBI)

    Orioles vs. RaysApr 16 10:06 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: J Parrish relieved C Bradford.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, B HARRIS ON SECOND, E DUKES ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 8
    TAMPA BAY 7 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: B Zobrist (.174, 0-FOR-3, 2 RBI)

    Apr 16 9:46 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - PITCHING CHANGE
    BAL: JOHN PARRISH (0-0, 0.00) IN THE 7TH
    SITUATION: NO RUNS IN, B HARRIS ON SECOND, E DUKES ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 8, TAMPA BAY 7
    DUE UP FOR TAMPABAY: B ZOBRIST (.174, 0-FOR-3, 2 RBI)

    Apr 16 9:46 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: C Bradford relieved J Guthrie.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 8
    TAMPA BAY 7 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: E Dukes (.152, 0-FOR-2)

    Apr 16 9:38 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - PITCHING CHANGE
    BAL: CHAD BRADFORD (0-0, 2.08) STARTING THE 7TH
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 8, TAMPA BAY 7
    DUE UP FOR TAMPABAY: E DUKES (.152, 0-FOR-2)

    Apr 16 9:38 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    BALTIMORE 0 0 0 0 1 2 5 8 12 3
    TAMPA BAY 0 0 2 4 1 0 7 4 1 (BOT 7)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: BAL - JEREMY GUTHRIE
    TAM - SHAWN CAMP

    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: E DUKES (.152, 0-FOR-2, BB)
    B HARRIS (.385, 2-FOR-3)
    B UPTON (.382, 0-FOR-1, 2 BB)

    Apr 16 9:35 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY FREDDIE BYNUM SCORED JAY GIBBONS.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, K MILLAR ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 8
    TAMPA BAY 7 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: P BAKO (.233, 1-FOR-3)

    Orioles vs. RaysApr 16 9:34 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JAY GIBBONS SCORED MIGUEL TEJADA AND AUBREY HUFF.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, J GIBBONS ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 7
    TAMPA BAY 7 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: K MILLAR (.316, 1-FOR-2, BB)

    Orioles vs. RaysApr 16 9:28 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY MELVIN MORA (3) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 7TH OFF JAMES SHIELDS SCORED BRIAN ROBERTS.
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 5, TAMPA BAY 7
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: N MARKAKIS (.255, 1-FOR-3)

    Orioles vs. RaysApr 16 9:19 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY FREDDIE BYNUM (1) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 6TH OFF JAMES SHIELDS SCORED KEVIN MILLAR.
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 3, TAMPA BAY 7
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: P BAKO (.241, 1-FOR-2)

    Orioles vs. RaysApr 16 9:05 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    FIELDER'S CHOICE BY BEN ZOBRIST SCORED ELIJAH DUKES.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B ZOBRIST ON FIRST, B UPTON ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 1
    TAMPA BAY 7 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: C CRAWFORD (.250, 0-FOR-1, 2 BB, RBI)

    Orioles vs. RaysApr 16 8:58 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY MELVIN MORA SCORED PAUL BAKO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B ROBERTS ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 1
    TAMPA BAY 6 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: N MARKAKIS (.260, 1-FOR-2)

    Apr 16 8:44 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY MELVIN MORA SCORED PAUL BAKO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B ROBERTS ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 1
    TAMPA BAY 6 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: N MARKAKIS (.260, 1-FOR-2)

    Orioles vs. RaysApr 16 8:44 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    BALTIMORE 0 0 0 0 0 4 3
    TAMPA BAY 0 0 2 4 6 4 1 (TOP 5)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: BAL - JEREMY GUTHRIE
    TAM - JAMES SHIELDS

    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: P BAKO (.214, 0-FOR-1)
    B ROBERTS (.196, 0-FOR-2)
    M MORA (.255, 1-FOR-2)

    Apr 16 8:39 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY TY WIGGINTON SCORED B.J. UPTON, ROCCO BALDELLI
    AND CARL CRAWFORD.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, T WIGGINTON ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 0
    TAMPA BAY 6 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: D YOUNG (.333, 0-FOR-2)

    Orioles vs. RaysApr 16 8:37 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO CARL CRAWFORD SCORED BRENDAN HARRIS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C CRAWFORD ON FIRST, R BALDELLI ON SECOND, B
    UPTON ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 0
    TAMPA BAY 3 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: T WIGGINTON (.300, 0-FOR-2)

    Orioles vs. RaysApr 16 8:34 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE BY BEN ZOBRIST SCORED B.J. UPTON.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, B ZOBRIST ON FIRST, R BALDELLI ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 0
    TAMPA BAY 2 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: C CRAWFORD (.250, 0-FOR-1)

    Orioles vs. RaysApr 16 8:14 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY PAUL BAKO ALLOWED BRENDAN HARRIS TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B UPTON ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 0
    TAMPA BAY 1 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: R BALDELLI (.255, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Orioles vs. RaysApr 16 8:06 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    BALTIMORE 0 0 0 2 0
    TAMPA BAY 0 0 0 1 (BOT 2)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: BAL - ADAM LOEWEN
    TAM - JAMES SHIELDS

    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: T WIGGINTON (.313, 3 HR, 8 RBI)
    D YOUNG (.347, 3 HR, 10 RBI)
    D NAVARRO (.233, 0 HR, 4

    Apr 16 7:38 PM