Baltimore (5-3) at Tampa Bay (3-5)

Fair Currently: St. Petersburg, FL
Temp: 81° F
  • Game info: 7:15 pm EDT Thu Apr 14, 2005
  • TV: CSN, FSFL
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The Baltimore Orioles’ offense is starting to click and leadoff man Brian Roberts is a big part of the reason why.

Roberts and the Orioles will try to complete a three-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays when they play the series finale at Tropicana Field.

Roberts is hitting .394 with four homers and 10 RBIs this season. He had the tiebreaking RBI single in Wednesday’s 5-1 victory.

“We feel like we have one of the best offenses in the league.” Roberts said. “We can win a lot of games if we can put up runs.”

The rest of the offense is starting to click as well, as Miguel Tejada had a two-run double and Sammy Sosa went 2-for-4 with an RBI single.

It was the second straight game that Sosa had two hits.

The Devil Rays struggles at the plate with runners in scoring position cost them in Wednesday night’s loss, as Tampa Bay couldn’t get a runner home despite loading the bases with no outs in the second inning and getting six of its first eight batters on base overall.

Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella was at a loss to explain his team’s lack of production in crucial situations.

“I don’t know what happens,” said Piniella, whose team went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. “But I know when you get people on base, it’s the opposing pitcher who’s in trouble—not the hitter. We’re going up there like we’re the ones in trouble.”

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