Baltimore (60-71) at Tampa Bay (59-73)

Partly Cloudy Currently: St. Petersburg, FL, US
Temp: 84° F
  • Game info: 2:15 pm EDT Thu Sep 2, 2004
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Dewon Brazelton looks to continue his strong pitching at home when the Tampa Bay Devil Rays try to avoid getting swept by the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field.

Brazelton is 6-1 with a 1.60 ERA in 10 games, including nine starts, at home. He pitched brilliantly in winning consecutive home starts before Saturday’s 5-4 loss in Oakland. The 24-year-old right-hander allowed five runs and six hits over only four innings, dropping to 0-4 with an 8.54 ERA in six road starts.

“Last week, things went my way. This week, they didn’t,” Brazelton said.

He has not allowed more than two earned runs in any of his home outings. For his career, Brazelton is 7-2 with a 2.97 ERA in 15 appearances, including 14 starts, at Tropicana Field. On the road, he is 0-10 with a 7.44 ERA in 13 starts.

Baltimore is the only team to beat Brazelton in Tampa Bay this season, posting a 3-2 victory on July 17. Brazelton lasted just 4 2-3 innings in that outing, surrendering two earned runs and five hits while striking out two and walking four.

The Devil Rays were held to two hits in Wednesday’s 8-0 loss to the Orioles as rookie Daniel Cabrera pitched 6 1-3 strong innings to send Tampa Bay to its fifth straight loss.

Relievers Todd Williams and John Parrish completed the two-hitter for the Orioles, who have won three straight following a 12-game losing streak.

Rocco Baldelli returned from the 15-day disabled list and was Tampa Bay’s designated hitter. He became the 13th active player to reach 300 hits before turning 23 with a first-inning double. But Julio Lugo got the only other hit for the Devil Rays, who have been outscored 40-23 during their five-game slide.

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4.59 ERA 4.77
121 K 64
71 BB 53
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