ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Aubrey Huff did not look like
someone who has struggled with the bases loaded.
Huff hit his first career grand slam and Seth McClung won for
the first time in two years as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays beat the
Baltimore Orioles 7-5 on Friday night.Damon Hollins hit a solo homer in Tampa Bay's five-run second
before Huff's 11th homer of the season gave the Devil Rays a 6-3
lead. Huff entered with just one hit in his previous 19 at-bats
with the bases loaded."It's good to get it off your back," Huff said. "I always get
pretty anxious in that situation and I was anxious tonight."The pitch was up and in. It was actually out of the strike
zone and I just got the head out on it."McClung (1-5) underwent elbow ligament replacement surgery in
June 2003, a month after he recorded his previous win, at
Baltimore. He allowed four runs and five hits in five-plus innings
Friday and improved his career mark to 5-6 -- with three of the
victories over the Orioles."I don't think I pitched that great, but I'm ecstatic about our
win as a team and me coming back and getting a 'W," McClung said.After Chad Orvella and Joe Borowski combined for three scoreless
innings, Danys Baez pitched the ninth for his 18th save, allowing a
run-scoring single by Melvin Mora.Baltimore manager Lee Mazzilli served his one-game suspension
and bench coach Sam Perlozzo managed in his absence. The Orioles
have lost 15 of 23."I don't know if it's about confidence, but we're on a bad
streak," Orioles outfielder Larry Bigbie said. "We started to
play better before the All-Star break, then we hit another slide.
We need to find a way out of it."The Orioles, third in the AL East, had sole possession of first
from April 23 to June 23.Mazzilli was disciplined after he threw a tray of bubble gum
onto the field following his ejection from a 4-2 win over Colorado
on June 19. He was originally given a two-game suspension.Bruce Chen (7-6) gave up six runs and eight hits in 4 1-3
innings. He was hit in the lower left leg by Carl Crawford's
infield single in the first, but remained in the game."It wasn't a problem," Chen said. "I pitched a good game, but
not as good as I had to be."Rafael Palmeiro hit an RBI single during a two-run first that
put the Orioles up 2-0. The hit was Palmeiro's 3,011th, moving him
past Wade Boggs into 23rd place all-time.Jorge Cantu made it 2-1 in the bottom of the first on a
run-scoring double. He has 31 RBI over his last 31 games.Pinch-hitter Travis Lee put the Devil Rays up 7-3 in the sixth
with an RBI single. He has driven in just two runs in his last 27
games.Baltimore went up 3-1 in the second on Bigbie's solo homer.
Miguel Tejada had an RBI grounder in the fifth.
Baltimore RF Jay Gibbons left in the sixth with mild back
spasms. "It's nothing real serious," said Gibbons, who hopes to
play Saturday. "I felt a spasm on my first at-bat, and I didn't
want a disaster, so I figured I might as well shut it down." ...
Palmeiro has an 11-game hitting streak ... Orioles LHP Steve Kline
began serving a four-game suspension after his appeal was rejected
by Major League Baseball. Kline was suspended after being ejected
following a balk call June 27, when he angrily protested the
decision by plate umpire Marty Foster. ... Tampa Bay optioned RHP
Lance Carter and C Kevin Cash to Triple-A Durham. RHP Jesus Colome
(right shoulder) was activated from the 15-day disabled list and C
Pete Laforest was called up from Durham.