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Orioles stop 13-game slide with 3-2 win over Rays

Oct 2, 2009 - 3:07 AM ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.(AP) -- The Baltimore Orioles' worst stretch in two decades is over.

Chris Waters allowed one run over five innings in his first start of the season and the Orioles stopped a 13-game losing streak by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Thursday night.

"It was like time stood still for about 15 seconds. I had to let it just sink in for a while," Baltimore manager Dave Trembley said. "You'll remember this one more so than the other ones. It's been an experience I'd rather not have to duplicate again."

The skid was the longest in the majors this season and the third-worst in Orioles history. Baltimore dropped 14 consecutive games in August 1954 and opened the 1988 season by losing 21 straight.

"I can't explain it to you," Trembley added. "It's unbelievable."

Waters (1-0), making his 12th career start and first since Sept. 26, 2008, gave up two hits, three walks and struck out two. The left-hander has four appearances out of the bullpen this year, posting an 8.10 ERA.

"It was great for him, and obviously tremendous for our team," Trembley said. "He's a local kid. He had a lot of family here. It worked out."

Waters, from nearby Lakeland, won for the first time since Sept. 16, 2008. He was the final opposing starter at the old Yankee Stadium last season.

"I think (I was) more nervous here than New York last year," he said.

Ben Zobrist hit his 27th homer for the Rays. Matt Garza (8-12) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings.

"I don't think anybody in here wants the season to end on Sunday," Zobrist said. "It's just the way that it is."

Baltimore finished with a road record of 25-56 this season, the third-lowest win total in franchise history.

Nick Markakis put the Orioles ahead with a run-scoring single in the first. He has eight RBIs over his last 25 games.

Baltimore took a 3-0 lead in the fourth on RBI singles by Melvin Mora and Jeff Fiorentino.

Zobrist's homer made it 3-1 in the fourth. He has seven home runs and 18 RBIs in 16 games against Baltimore this year.

Orioles relievers Cla Meredith, Alberto Castillo and Danys Baez combined for three scoreless innings before Jim Johnson, who gave up a sacrifice fly to Pat Burrell, got three outs for his ninth save.

Johnson got Akinori Iwamura to hit a game-ending comebacker with runners on first and third.

"The ninth inning was a piece of cake," a smiling Trembley said. "I thought it was a pretty basic formula there in the ninth compared to what we've been going through."

Tampa Bay fell to 50-28 at home. The defending AL champions close the season with three home games against the AL East champion New York Yankees beginning Friday night.

"We're very excited about playing them, actually," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "It's the last three games of the season."

NOTES: Garza is 6-1 in his career against Baltimore. ... Orioles LF Luke Scott (sore left foot) didn't play. There is a chance he might return before the season ends. ... Tampa Bay 1B Willy Aybar swiped third in the second inning for his first stolen base of the season. He has seven steals overall in 302 career games. ... Baltimore has allowed 212 homers this season.








  • Rays 2, Orioles 3 - FINAL
    BALTIMORE ab r h rbi bb so lob avg
    B Roberts 2b 5 0 0 0 0 2 2 .283
    C Izturis ss 3 1 2 0 1 0 0 .249
    M Wieters c 4 0 1 0 0 1 3 .293
    N Markakis rf 3 1 1 1 1 0 2 .289
    T Wigginton dh 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 .272
    M Mora 3b 4 0 1 1 0 1 2 .260
    M Aubrey 1

    Oct 1 9:39 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY PAT BURRELL SCORED BEN ZOBRIST
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, F PEREZ ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 3
    TAMPA BAY 2 BOTTOM,9TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: D NAVARRO (.217, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Orioles 3, Rays 2  Bot 9, 0 OutsOct 1 9:35 PM
  • 68
    roots
    RUWTbot Added 35 roots (Close Finish)

    Orioles 3, Rays 2  Bot 9, 0 OutsOct 1 9:35 PM
  • 33
    roots
    RUWTbot Added 33 roots

    Orioles 3, Rays 1  Bot 5, 0 OutsOct 1 8:32 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY BEN ZOBRIST (27) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 4TH OFF CHRIS WATERS.
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 3, TAMPA BAY 1
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: B UPTON (.237, 0-FOR-1)

    Orioles 3, Rays 1  Bot 4, 0 OutsOct 1 8:13 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JEFF FIORENTINO SCORED TY WIGGINTON
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J FIORENTINO ON FIRST, L MONTANEZ ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 3
    TAMPA BAY 0 TOP,4TH
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: B ROBERTS (.284, 0-FOR-2)

    Orioles 3, Rays 0  Top 4, 0 OutsOct 1 8:04 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MELVIN MORA SCORED NICK MARKAKIS
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M MORA ON FIRST, T WIGGINTON ON SECOND, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 2
    TAMPA BAY 0 TOP,4TH
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: M AUBREY (.293, 0-FOR-1)

    Orioles 2, Rays 0  Top 4, 0 OutsOct 1 8:00 PM


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


    CURRENT PITCHERS: BAL - CHRIS WATERS
    TAM - MATT GARZA

    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: J BARTLETT (.319, 14 HR, 65 RBI)
    G KAPLER (.238, 8 HR, 31 RBI)
    E LONGORIA (.280, 32 HR, 110 RBI)

    Orioles 1, Rays 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsOct 1 7:22 PM