ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Devil Rays make each win an adventure.
All three Devil Rays' wins have come in their last at-bat. Carl Crawford hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning of a 6-4 victory over Boston March 31, and Al Martin had a ninth-inning RBI single in Saturday night's 6-5 win against the New York Yankees.
"You're not going to complain when you get the 'W,''' winning pitcher Lance Carter said. "The little things we have to do win ballgames. That's what we did tonight.''
Baltimore wasted a 6-0 lead, then went back ahead in the 10th
when Geronimo Gil homered off Carter (2-0).
Pinch-hitter Ben Grieve doubled leading off the bottom half
against Jorge Julio (0-1), who is 0-for-2 in save chances this
year, and Grieve held as Carl Crawford reached on an infield single
Buddy Groom relieved and Lee singled off the pitcher's glove.
"It happened so fast,'' Lee said. "It was like, there it goes, game over. It's over and we win.''
Baltimore manager Mike Hargrove was forced to remove Julio after he went to the mound to set up the Orioles' five-man infield for Lee's at-bat. Pitching coach Mark Wiley had talked with the closer earlier in the inning.
"I stepped on the dirt, all of sudden it popped back into my mind that Mark had already been out there,'' Hargrove said.
Carter worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the ninth.
Pinch-hitter B.J. Surhoff grounded to Lee at first, who stepped on
the bag and threw home. Catcher Toby Hall then tagged out
pinch-runner Jose Morban, who tried to score from third.
"It was hit right toward the bag, so I decided to step on the base,'' Lee said. "Made the throw, Toby was there to block the plate and save the game.''
The announced crowd of 9,723 was Tampa Bay's smallest since 2001.
Cruz drove in three runs with a double during the Orioles'
five-run first and David Segui had an RBI single in the second.
Damian Rolls' two-run single and RBI infield singles by Baldelli and Huff cut the deficit to 6-4 in the fourth, and the Devil Rays tied it in the sixth on Rey Ordonez's RBI double and Baldelli's sacrifice fly. Ordonez has nine RBIs in eight games after having 42 last season.
After Easley stepped on third for a forceout on Jay Gibbons'
grounder, he made an errant throw toward first in an attempt for a
double play. Conine scored from first after the ball came loose
during a collision with Hall, who blocked the plate after a throw
from Rolls in right.
Omar Daal, trying to become the first Baltimore left-handed
starter to win a game in almost two years, gave up four runs -- three earned -- and eight hits over five innings. The last win came on April 28, 2001, when Chuck McElroy beat Minnesota 5-2.
Tampa Bay's Jim Parque allowed six runs, five hits and four walks in 1 2/3 innings. In his two starts, the left-hander has given up 13 runs, 12 hits and nine walks over 6 2/3 innings.
Devil Rays starters have allowed 39 earned runs in 38 innings
for a 9.24 ERA.
"I don't want to put undue pressure on our fine young men, but
If I continue to see this, we will have changes in here
immediately,'' Tampa Bay manager Lou Piniella said.
Jorge Sosa replaced Parque and threw 4 1/3 scoreless innings.
The Orioles had scored two runs or fewer in four of their previous six games. ... Parque is 4-0 against Baltimore. ...
Baldelli has a hit in all eight games of his rookie season. ... Tampa Bay relievers have thrown 42 innings, three more than starters.