AMERICAN LEAGUE

Mora's late-game RBI sinks Rays


Published: Thursday, June 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, June 1, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
BALTIMORE - Melvin Mora singled in the winning run with two outs in the 11th inning, and the Baltimore Orioles overcame three Tampa Bay homers and a four-run deficit in a 6-5 victory Wednesday night.
Baltimore trailed 5-1 in the fifth before rallying to hand the Devil Rays their season-high sixth straight loss. Tampa Bay is 1-8 on a 10-game road trip that ends today.
Luis Matos, who entered as a pinch runner in the eighth inning, led off the 11th with a single off Tyler Walker (1-3). After Nick Markakis laid down a sacrifice bunt, Brian Roberts lined out to left before Mora hit a hooking liner to left that bounced off the wall.
Sendy Rleal (1-1) pitched two innings of one-hit ball to earn his first major league victory. Five Baltimore relievers combined to blank Tampa Bay on three hits over the final six innings.
Carl Crawford hit a three-run homer, and Toby Hall and Damon Hollins added solo shots for the Devil Rays. All three connected off Bruce Chen, who has yielded a major league-high 17 home runs this season - including seven in two starts against Tampa Bay.
Making his major league debut, Devil Rays starter James Shields allowed five runs and nine hits in five innings. The right-hander struck out five and walked three.
Down 5-1, the Orioles pulled even with a four-run fifth. Jeff Conine received credit for a double when center fielder Joey Gathright lost his fly ball in the lights, and Kevin Millar followed with an RBI double before Markakis and Ramon Hernandez delivered run-scoring singles.
Shields ended his stint on a positive note by retiring Conine on a fly ball with the bases loaded and two outs.
The rally enabled Chen to avoid falling to 0-6. The left-hander allowed five runs in four innings, a performance that lifted his ERA to 7.71.
Crawford gave Tampa Bay a 3-0 lead in the third inning with his fifth homer, a drive that cleared the 25-foot scoreboard in right.
Conine doubled and scored on a single by Markakis in the bottom half, but Hall and Hollins connected in the fourth to put the Devil Rays up 5-1. It was Hall's seventh homer and Hollins' sixth, the second in two nights.
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