Orioles 6, Devil Rays 4
Millar’s fifth-inning double off reliever Gary Glover (0-1) gave Baltimore a 4-3 lead. Millar then scored to make it 5-3 when Jon Knott, who singled, was tagged out in a rundown between first and second.
Kazmir, the Devil Rays’ No. 1 starter, departed after throwing 102 pitches through four innings.
“I thought we did a great job of laying off a lot of pitches, and he didn’t have his good stuff,” Baltimore manager Sam Perlozzo said. “We got his pitch count up there. It was something we looked at. I had an eye on it from the third, fourth inning, hopefully that we could keep getting him up there with pitches and get him out of the ballgame.”
The Orioles won twice—both times coming from behind—in the three-game series. Baltimore is 8-4 since being swept in a season-opening three-game series at Minnesota.
Bedard (3-1) gave up four runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings. He struck out eight and walked three during a 110-pitch outing.
Baltimore’s revamped bullpen allowed one run and six hits over 13 innings in the series.
“It’s unbelievable,” Ray said. “My job is a lot easier when you’ve got all those guys in front of me, going in there and setting the tempo and keeping the momentum on our side.”
Kazmir allowed three runs, six hits and four walks. The left-hander, who missed most of the second half last season with a shoulder injury, made his fourth start this year.
“I’m fine,” Kazmir said. “I just couldn’t get into a groove. I couldn’t find the strike zone.”
Kazmir struck out three and had a three-ball count on eight of the 20 batters he faced.
“He just didn’t have a good day,” Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said.
Tampa Bay’s defense produced two key outs early on. Upton’s relay throw from second to the plate helped retire Gomez, who tried to score on Bynum’s double in the second. Kazmir picked off Castillo at second with two on and two outs one inning later.
Orioles RHP Jaret Wright (right shoulder soreness) threw 41 pitches during his first bullpen session since getting hurt. “Making progress,” Wright said. … Tampa Bay 3B Akinori Iwamura was out of the lineup because of flulike symptoms. Others, including C Dioner Navarro and coaches Steve Henderson and Bill Evers, also have the virus that has worked its way around the Devil Rays’ clubhouse the past couple of weeks. … Baltimore C Ramon Hernandez (strained left oblique) worked out with the team for the second straight day, but could need a short minor league rehab assignment before being activated from the disabled list.