Devil Rays 6, Orioles 5
BALTIMORE (AP)—Sam Perlozzo didn’t feel the need to raise his voice or single anyone out during a postgame meeting that followed another frustrating loss, one that included a dugout squabble.
The Baltimore Orioles’ interim manager wanted just to make one point: Lackluster play will not be tolerated.
Alex Gonzalez had three hits, drove in two runs and scored the tiebreaking run on an eighth-inning throwing error by Baltimore catcher Sal Fasano, and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays beat the Orioles 6-5 Sunday.
The Devil Rays scored two runs on errors and another on a wild pitch.
“We’re better than we’re playing; we just need to concentrate a little more,” said Perlozzo, who has led Baltimore to a 19-22 record since replacing Lee Mazzilli on Aug. 4. “It’s not OK not to execute. … As a team, I told them it’s not going to happen next year. It’s not acceptable.”
Orioles starter Daniel Cabrera allowed four runs—three earned—six hits and five walks in six innings and Cabrera appeared to get into a dugout argument with Miguel Tejada after leaving the game. The pitcher and Perlozzo downplayed any friction.
“Anything that happens in the dugout, that’s where it stays,” Cabrera said.
“Everything’s cool,” Perlozzo said.
With Julio Lugo batting, Gathright broke for second and Fasano’s throw on a pitchout went past Tejada at shortstop on a short hop as Gonzalez scored for a 5-4 lead.
Gathright took third and Williams’ next pitch was high, outside and beyond Fasano’s grasp, allowing Gathright to score on the wild pitch.
“I’m not a guy that’s going to hit home runs,” Gathright said. “Causing problems, scoring runs is what I’m supposed to do.”
Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella agreed Gathright’s speed was the key to prolonging the rally.
“He’s quick—isn’t he quick?” Piniella said. “He made that happen in the eighth inning That’s the way to manufacture a run. … Speed is a constant. It makes infielders shorten up a little bit, creates holes for hitters. There is a big advantage to having speed.”
Travis Harper (4-6) pitched a scoreless seventh, and Danys Baez worked the ninth for his 37th save, allowing an RBI single to Brian Roberts before retiring Fasano on a lineout with the potential tying run on third.
Tampa Bay took two of three at Baltimore and has won three straight road series for only the second time in the franchise’s eight-year history. Doug Waechter, who failed to record an out in a 17-3 loss Tuesday to at New York Yankees, gave up four runs and nine hits in six innings.
Bernie Castro’s RBI single gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead in the third, but Cabera walked Aubrey Huff with the bases loaded in the fourth and Alex Gonzalez hit a two-run single, with another run scoring when Castro, making his first major league start in the outfield, overran the ball for an error.
Tejada hit his league-leading 48th double in the second. … Crawford went 3-for-5 and has a career-high 186 hits, one more than last year. … Tampa Bay has held the lead in 27 of its last 31 games, but is only 16-15 over that span. … Harper’s 67 1-3 innings pitched this season leads Rays relievers.