Tampa Bay (20-32) at Baltimore (24-26)

Cloudy Currently: Baltimore, MD
Temp: 77° F
  • Game info: 7:35 pm EDT Fri Jun 4, 2004
  • TV: WPXM, WJZ
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The Tampa Bay Devil Rays seek their first three-game winning streak on the road since last July when they open a three-game series with the Baltimore Orioles.

Tampa Bay arrived at the Metrodome this week with the worst road record in the majors, but took three of four games from the Minnesota Twins to end a streak of 11 straight road series lost—including all seven this year.

The Devil Rays now try for their first three-game road winning streak since taking four straight from July 29-Aug. 1. Tampa Bay has won 10 of 14, overall.

“We’re not out of the woods, believe me, but it’s better,” Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella said.

Aubrey Huff put Tampa Bay ahead with a three-run homer in the sixth inning, and the Devil Rays beat the slumping Minnesota Twins 5-2 Thursday.

“Everybody’s starting to relax and have a little bit more fun at the ballpark,” said Huff, whose improvement has mirrored his team’s upswing. He has a hit in 12 straight games.

After being held hitless for five innings, Tampa Bay rallied to win a road series for the first time since Aug. 26-28 at Seattle.

Geoff Blum ended an 0-for-20 slump with a sharp double in the sixth inning, and Julio Lugo’s two-out infield single cut Minnesota’s lead to 2-1.

Baltimore was swept in a three-game series with the New York Yankees, losing the finale 5-2 Thursday.

The Orioles’ skid comes following a four-game winning streak. They’re last six losses have all come against the Yankees.

Javy Lopez hit his seventh home run of the season for the Orioles. It was his first since May 22 against the Anaheim Angels.

Baltimore is opening a nine-game homestand. The Orioles have lost five of their last six at home.

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11-7 Record 6-10
4.37 ERA 4.59
123 K 121
102 BB 71
1.56 WHIP 1.60