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Orioles' bullpen, Markakis top Devil Rays

Apr 19, 2007 - 12:04 AM ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (Ticker) -- The Baltimore Orioles new-look bullpen continues to look strong in the early season.

Four Orioles relievers combined to pitch 3 1/3 scoreless innings and Kevin Millar stroked a go-ahead double in the fifth inning en route to a 6-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

In relief of ace lefthander Erik Bedard, offseason signings Chad Bradford and Danys Baez along with John Parrish and closer Chris Ray did not allow a hit to Tampa Bay. Ray struck out the side in the ninth to earn his fifth save of the season.

"It's unbelievable. My job is a heck of a lot easier when I have these guys going before me," Ray said of the Orioles' middle relief. "It makes it easier when the tempo is good like that when I get out there."

Bedard (3-1) did enough to get the win, allowing four runs, seven hits and three walks while striking out eight in 5 2/3 innings.

"Just couldn't get a rhythm going," Bedard said. "There was a lot of time between pitches ... It just throws your rhythm off a little bit."

Millar followed a one-out double by Miguel Tejada in the fifth with a two-base hit to right off Toronto reliever Gary Glover (0-2), plating Tejada for a 4-3 edge. Rookie John Knott, who walked and scored in a two-run fourth, followed with a base hit up the middle, plating Millar.

Tejada finished with three hits and two runs and Knott added two hits and two runs. It was just the second game for Knott, who hit a pinch-hit three-run home run in Tuesday's loss to the Devil Rays.

"Jay Payton is going to be coming back but (Knott) showed that, if we need him to come back up, he's ready," Baltimore manager Sam Perlozzo said. "He certainly didn't hurt his chances up here."

Nick Markakis capped the scoring for Baltimore with his third home run of the season in the seventh off Glover, who allowed three runs and four hits in 2 2/3 innings.

"I was feeling good at the plate all day," Markakis said. "I just tried to make adjustments and it paid off."

Scott Kazmir started for Tampa Bay but left after four innings and 102 pitches. The lefthander allowed three runs, six hits and four walks while striking out three.

"He just didn't have a good day today, Kaz was not his normal self," Tampa Bay manager Joe Madden said. "I'm sure he's going to be fine his next time out. He just didn't have his command today."

Kazmir has not won in Tampa Bay since July 3, going 0-2 in five starts.

"I couldn't get in my groove," Kazmir said. "My mechanics were inconsistent. All in all, I just couldn't find the zone. I felt kind of gassed from the beginning. I just wish I could've gone deeper in the game."

Rocco Baldelli hit his second home run of the season and Carl Crawford had two hits and an RBI for Tampa Bay, which has not won a series since taking two-of-three games from the Seattle Mariners on September 1-3. The team is 0-9-4 in series since then.








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    BALTIMORE 0 1 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 6 11 0
    TAMPA BAY 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 7 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: BAL - ERIK BEDARD, CHAD BRADFORD (6TH), JOHN PARRISH (7TH), DANYS
    BAEZ (8TH), CHRIS RAY (9TH) AND ALBERTO CASTILLO, PAUL BAKO
    (8TH)
    TAM - SCOTT KAZMIR, GARY GLOVER

    Apr 18 6:17 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: J Parrish relieved C Bradford.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 6
    TAMPA BAY 4 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: B Zobrist (.163, 0-FOR-2)

    Apr 18 5:41 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - PITCHING CHANGE
    BAL: JOHN PARRISH (0-0, 0.00) STARTING THE 7TH
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 6, TAMPA BAY 4
    DUE UP FOR TAMPABAY: B ZOBRIST (.163, 0-FOR-2)

    Apr 18 5:41 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    BALTIMORE 0 1 0 2 2 0 1 6 10 0
    TAMPA BAY 1 1 1 0 0 1 4 7 1 (BOT 7)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: BAL - CHAD BRADFORD
    TAM - SHAWN CAMP

    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: B ZOBRIST (.163, 0-FOR-2, SAC)
    C CRAWFORD (.279, 2-FOR-3, RBI)
    T WIGGINTON (.283, 0-FOR-3)

    Apr 18 5:39 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY NICK MARKAKIS (3) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 7TH OFF GARY GLOVER.
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 6, TAMPA BAY 4
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: M TEJADA (.322, 3-FOR-3)

    Orioles vs. RaysApr 18 5:32 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    FIELDER'S CHOICE BY B.J. UPTON SCORED ELIJAH DUKES.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B UPTON ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 5
    TAMPA BAY 4 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: R BALDELLI (.278, 1-FOR-2, BB, HR, RBI)

    Orioles vs. RaysApr 18 5:22 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JON KNOTT SCORED KEVIN MILLAR.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 5
    TAMPA BAY 3 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: C GOMEZ (.357, 2-FOR-2, RBI)

    Apr 18 4:58 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JON KNOTT SCORED KEVIN MILLAR.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 5
    TAMPA BAY 3 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: C GOMEZ (.357, 2-FOR-2, RBI)

    Orioles vs. RaysApr 18 4:58 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY KEVIN MILLAR SCORED MIGUEL TEJADA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, K MILLAR ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 4
    TAMPA BAY 3 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: J KNOTT (.500, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Apr 18 4:54 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY KEVIN MILLAR SCORED MIGUEL TEJADA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, K MILLAR ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 4
    TAMPA BAY 3 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: J KNOTT (.500, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Orioles vs. RaysApr 18 4:54 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: G Glover relieved S Kazmir.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 3
    TAMPA BAY 3 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: N Markakis (.237, 0-FOR-2)

    Apr 18 4:48 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - PITCHING CHANGE
    TAM: GARY GLOVER (0-0, 2.84) STARTING THE 5TH
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 3, TAMPA BAY 3
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: N MARKAKIS (.237, 0-FOR-2)

    Apr 18 4:48 PM


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

    CURRENT PITCHERS: BAL - ERIK BEDARD
    TAM - SCOTT KAZMIR

    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: N MARKAKIS (.237, 0-FOR-2)
    M TEJADA (.310, 2-FOR-2)
    K MILLAR (.267, 0-FOR-2)

    Apr 18 4:48 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY ALBERTO CASTILLO SCORED JON KNOTT.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, A CASTILLO ON SECOND, C GOMEZ ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 3
    TAMPA BAY 3 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: B ROBERTS (.217, 0-FOR-2)

    Orioles vs. RaysApr 18 4:29 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CHRIS GOMEZ SCORED MIGUEL TEJADA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C GOMEZ ON FIRST, J KNOTT ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 2
    TAMPA BAY 3 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: F BYNUM (.300, 1-FOR-1, RBI)

    Orioles vs. RaysApr 18 4:24 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY CARL CRAWFORD SCORED ROCCO BALDELLI.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C CRAWFORD ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 1
    TAMPA BAY 3 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: T WIGGINTON (.293, 0-FOR-1)

    Orioles vs. RaysApr 18 4:10 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOSH PAUL SCORED ELIJAH DUKES.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J PAUL ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 1
    TAMPA BAY 2 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: B UPTON (.361, 1 HR, 7 RBI)

    Apr 18 3:48 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOSH PAUL SCORED ELIJAH DUKES.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J PAUL ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 1
    TAMPA BAY 2 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: B UPTON (.361, 1 HR, 7 RBI)

    Orioles vs. RaysApr 18 3:48 PM


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

    CURRENT PITCHERS: BAL - ERIK BEDARD
    TAM - SCOTT KAZMIR

    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: D YOUNG (.316, 3 HR, 11 RBI)
    B HARRIS (.444, 2 HR, 5 RBI)
    E DUKES (.171, 2 HR, 2 RBI)

    Apr 18 3:44 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY FREDDIE BYNUM SCORED JON KNOTT.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, 1 LEFT ON, 3 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 1
    TAMPA BAY 1 END TOP, 2ND

    Orioles vs. RaysApr 18 3:44 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ROCCO BALDELLI (2) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 1ST OFF ERIK BEDARD.
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 0, TAMPA BAY 1
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: B ZOBRIST (.170, 1 HR, 3 RBI)

    Orioles vs. RaysApr 18 3:21 PM