ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- After another one-sided loss, Tampa
Bay slugger Aubrey Huff was fed up.
Tampa Bay lost its sixth straight game before an announced crowd
of 9,019. The Devil Rays (59-74), who have never won more than 69
games since joining the AL in 1998, have a payroll around $23
"For this organization to turn the corner, you're going to have
to spend and go out to get players in the offseason ... be
aggressive and go out there and get them," Huff said. "Regardless
of what happens or who we put on the field, I go out there and
prepare to play. It's tough to get up for a game when you come out
here and there's nobody in the stands. You get the same music
playing all the time. It's feeling like it's groundhog here every
day and nothing ever changes. You really want some changes here and
it's just not happening."
The Devil Rays were outscored 31-8 by Baltimore in a span of
"Every day is important to me," Huff said. "I don't care who
you play. You don't want to go out there and get embarrassed like
we've been the past few days. It feels like you're playing a high
school game out there right now. It's how bad it feels."
Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella said Thursday's loss should be a
"If it doesn't wake you up a little bit, well then, you're
going to sleep for a while," Piniella said. "All I want these
guys to do is play hard. I can accept anything else. That's all I
ask. If they don't play, then I'm not going to be pleased."
Tejada increased his AL-leading total to 121 RBI for the
Orioles, who have won four straight following a 12-game losing
streak. Jay Gibbons, Rafael Palmeiro, Melvin Mora, Geronimo Gil and
B.J. Surhoff all drove in two runs apiece.
"Our offense has come together," Mora said.
Surhoff went 8-for-15 and knocked in five runs during the
Orioles' first three-game sweep of Tampa Bay. He entered with just
three hits in 34 at-bats.
Bedard (6-9) allowed one run and six hits. He was 1-5 in his
previous seven starts, giving up 29 runs and 45 hits in 35 1-3
Dewon Brazelton (6-6) allowed six runs and seven hits in 6 1-3
innings, his second loss in eight decisions at home this season.
The Devil Rays held meetings the past couple days about
Hurricane Frances and have been in contact with major league
baseball. Tampa Bay is scheduled to host a three-game series
against Detroit this weekend, but those games could be postponed. A
decision was expected Friday.
"The No. 1 thought in our minds is safety," Devil Rays
spokesman Rick Vaughn said. "Safety for our fans, our players and
The Tigers are in St. Petersburg. They had an off day Thursday
after completing a series at Kansas City on Wednesday.
Jose Cruz Jr. had a pair of RBI grounders for Tampa Bay.
Surhoff hit a run-scoring double and scored on Gibbons' grounder
as the Orioles took a 2-0 lead in the fourth. Tejada extended
Baltimore's lead to 3-0 with a fifth-inning sacrifice fly.
The Devil Rays snapped a stretch of 15 scoreless innings when
Cruz made it 3-1 with an RBI grounder in the sixth. He also drove
in a run with an eighth-inning grounder.
The Orioles went up 8-1 with a five-run seventh. Tejada hit a
run-scoring grounder, Palmeiro and Surhoff had RBI singles, and Gil
drove in two with a double.
Tejada had a run-scoring single, Palmeiro hit a run-scoring
grounder and Gibbons drove in a run with a double in a four-run
eighth that put the Orioles ahead 12-1.
"The team is capable of getting a lot of runs," Baltimore
manager Lee Mazzilli said.
Tampa Bay All-Star OF Carl Crawford (shoulder inflammation)
was out of the lineup for the fourth straight game. He could return
in the next few days. ... Tejada has 42 RBI in his last 42 games.
... Devil Rays C Toby Hall, a baserunner at first, was award second
base when Bedard's pitch in the dirt bounced and became lodged in
Gil's mask in the fifth.