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.
David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez homered and rookie closer Jonathan Papelbon earned his 19th save in as many chances as the visiting Boston Red Sox avoided a three-game sweep with a victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Raul Ibanez homered and drove in four runs and visiting Seattle ended a season-high six-game losing streak with a victory.
Seattle built a 7-0 lead and had 11 hits in 2 2-3 innings against rookie left-hander John Koronka (4-3). The Mariners finished with 18 hits, all but one singles.
Jason Kendall hit his first home run in nearly two years and Frank Thomas hit the 459th of his career to lead the host Athletics.
Jake Westbrook shut out Chicago for seven innings and host Cleveland's bullpen didn't allow a run for a second straight game, giving the Indians a victory.
Mike Mussina threw his first complete game of the season to lead visiting New York to a third straight win over the team with the best record in the majors.
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