Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Baltimore won 2-1

Game 1: Tuesday, April 20
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Baltimore9
Game 2: Wednesday, April 21
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Baltimore3
Game 3: Thursday, April 22
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Devil Rays 6

(6-8, 1-3 away)

Orioles 7

(9-5, 4-3 home)

    7:05 PM ET, April 22, 2004

    Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland 

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    W: J. Parrish (1-1)

    L: C. Gaudin (0-1)

    S: J. Julio (2)

    Palmeiro has hit 102 homers at Camden Yards

    BALTIMORE (AP) -- Rafael Palmeiro picked an ideal time to end his long-ball drought at Camden Yards.

    Palmeiro homered to ignite Baltimore's second comeback of the game, and the Orioles got a season-high three RBI from Miguel Tejada in a 7-6 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Thursday night.

    Baltimore trailed 6-4 before rallying for its sixth win in seven games.

    Palmeiro cut the gap to 6-5 by leading off the sixth with his second home run of the season, a drive to right off Jorge Sosa. It was his 102nd homer at Camden Yards, the most by any player, but his first since May 23, 1999, when he played for the Texas Rangers.

    "He hit it at the right time, I'll tell you that," Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli said.

    "I was just trying to get on base and get something going," Palmeiro said. "With the guys behind me, maybe we could start a rally together. He gave me a good pitch that I could put the good part of the bat on."

    In the Baltimore seventh, Trever Miller retired the first two batters before Brian Roberts hit a double. Chad Gaudin (0-1) came in and gave up an RBI double to Melvin Mora, and Tejada followed with a run-scoring single to right.

    John Parrish (1-0) retired all six batters he faced to earn his fourth major league victory, the first since Sept. 22, 2001. After B.J. Ryan worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth, Jorge Julio got three outs for his second save.

    Robert Fick homered for the Devil Rays, who also blew a 3-0 lead and failed to post their first winning streak of the season.

    "We couldn't hold a lead," Tampa Bay manager Lou Piniella said. "We swung the bats better, and had a chance in the eighth -- bases loaded, one out -- but the guy worked out of it."

    Ryan struck out Tino Martinez and then retired Julio Lugo on a groundout. It was part of a brilliant performance by the Orioles' bullpen, which did not yield a hit over four innings.

    "I think teams are going to start to notice that if we can get into our bullpen with a lead, we're going to have a lot of wins," Palmeiro said.

    Tampa Bay trailed 4-3 before scoring three in the sixth against Kurt Ainsworth. Rocco Baldelli singled and scored on a double by Aubrey Huff before Fick sent a 2-1 pitch far over the 25-foot scoreboard in right.

    But the lead wouldn't last.

    "This team always finds a way to get it done," Mazzilli said. "It's hard to keep coming back, but we kept coming."

    The game began as a matchup between two pitchers who came to the Orioles from San Francisco last July in the trade for Sidney Ponson.

    Damian Moss, signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay in January, yielded four runs in 3 2-3 innings. Ainsworth allowed six runs, five earned, and seven hits in five-plus innings.

    Moss was auditioning to join a starting rotation that has relied heavily on Victor Zambrano and Paul Abbott.

    "We don't have any consistency from our starters, other than Abbott and Zambrano, who are doing a good job," Piniella said. "The other guys are, uh, just out there."

    Tampa Bay used three hits, a walk and an error by Jay Gibbons in right field to go up 3-0 in the second inning. Lugo hit an RBI single, and Toby Hall followed with a two-run single.

    Moss was perfect through three innings, but he never made it out of the fourth. Roberts hit a leadoff single and took third when Moss threw wildly to first on Mora's infield hit.

    "He was sailing along for three innings then got in trouble in the fourth and started getting the ball up," Piniella said. "The bunt single seemed to unnerve him."

    Tejada then hit a two-run single, Gibbons drove in a run with a groundout, and David Segui chased Moss with a two-out RBI single.

    Game notes


    Baltimore's Javy Lopez went 0-for-4, ending his career-best hitting streak at 16 games. ... Tampa Bay left-handers are winless in 19 starts since May 13, 2003. ... The Devil Rays endured their first multiple-error game, committing three, including miscues on successive plays in the fourth inning.

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