Orioles 4, Devil Rays 1

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP)—Baltimore Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo has seen a change in Erik Bedard this season.

Bedard (15-9) won his third consecutive start and Corey Patterson hit a three-run homer, helping the Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 4-1 on Monday night.

“We thought he had a good enough arm to do that,” Perlozzo said. “I think a couple things went in his favor this year. I thought mentally his approach to the game was much better. The fact that he’s come up with a changeup. I think the light went on and he said, ‘I need to pitch. I’m just going to pitch and not throw.’ He’s been tremendous ever since.”

Bedard allowed one run, four hits and one walk and struck out 10 in seven innings. In his last three starts, the left-hander has given up three runs and 10 hits over 20 innings.

“I’m just more consistent with the pitches I can throw for strikes at any count,” said Bedard, who had a 12-18 record during first two full major league seasons (2004-05). “That’s the difference.”

Patterson hit his 14th homer of the season off Tim Corcoran (4-9) in the second inning to put Baltimore up 3-1. David Newhan made it 4-1 with a sacrifice fly in the fourth.

“He’s given us defense in center field, speed on the bases and some power,” Perlozzo said of Patterson.

Chris Ray pitched the ninth, loading the bases without allowing a run, to earn his 32nd save. The right-hander, who pitched 2 1-3 innings in Sunday’s 12-8 win at Detroit, will likely get Tuesday off. The Orioles are 6-14 over the past 20 games.

Corcoran gave up four runs and six hits over six innings, and is 0-9 over his last 13 games, including 12 starts. He is the fourth pitcher—according to Stats Inc.—in the last 50 years to go 0-9 or worse after the All-Star break.

The others are Baltimore’s Jay Tibbs (0-10 in 1998), the New York Mets’ Craig Anderson (0-9 in 1962) and Chicago White Sox left-hander Jim Parque (0-9 in 1999).

Corcoran’s last win came as a reliever on July 9 against the New York Yankees. His last victory as a starter was July 5, over Boston

“I feel the same,” Corcoran said. “I don’t think I’ve changed a whole lot. I feel confident out there.”

Tampa Bay (57-93) has lost a season-high eight straight, and needs to go 6-6 the rest of the way to avoid its third 100-loss season (2001, 2002) since joining the AL as an expansion team in 1998.

Ty Wigginton put the Devil Rays ahead 1-0 with an RBI single in the first. Tampa Bay has lost a major league-high 55 times after taking a lead, two short of the AL record set by the Detroit Tigers in 2002.

The Devil Rays were 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

“We just have to get that hit,” Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. “Situational hitting, definitely something we really need to address going into next season.”


The Devil Rays, as expected, announced that LHP Scott Kazmir (sore left shoulder) will not pitch again this season. The 2006 All-Star made 41 throws in his first catch session in 10 days and reported no problems. … Bedard is 3-2 in six starts this season against Tampa Bay. It’s the fifth time since the major leagues expanded in 1977 that an Oriole has made six starts during the same season against one team. … Tampa Bay rookie RF Delmon Young singled in the eighth to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. He has a hit in 17 of 19 games since being called up from Triple-A Durham. … Baltimore OF Jay Gibbons, who missed seven of the past eight games with knee and neck injuries, was the DH and went 1-for-3 with a walk.

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