Orioles 4, Devil Rays 3

March 23, 2002|By Roch Kubatko

The game

The Orioles took a 4-0 lead into the seventh inning, then held off Tampa Bay for their third consecutive victory. They've won three in a row and improved to 14-7-1.

The arms

Scott Erickson improved to 3-0 this spring after carrying a shutout into the seventh inning. The Devil Rays scored three runs to narrow the gap, and Erickson was removed with two outs. He allowed nine hits, walked three and struck out four. Left-hander Buddy Groom served as the bridge to closer Willis Roberts, who stranded the tying run.

The bats

Doubles by Melvin Mora and Jeff Conine and a single by Jay Gibbons gave the Orioles a 2-0 lead in the first. They added another run in the second on consecutive doubles by Tony Batista and Geronimo Gil, and in the fifth on a Mora double and triple by Mike Bordick.

Injury update

Chris Singleton and David Segui remain out with strained Achilles' tendons. Luis Matos had surgery Monday to remove a broken hamate bone, and John Parrish had surgery yesterday on his torn anterior cruciate ligament. Both procedures were hailed as successes by club officials.

The number

35 - Hits allowed by Erickson this spring in 24 2/3 innings.

The quote

"In any building, you have to have a foundation. You have to have a Jeff Conine, that type of model player who has experience and can produce. You take that away, the house crumbles." - Syd Thrift

Box score

TAMPA BAY AB R H RBI ORIOLES AB R H RBI

Winn cf 4 1 3 1 Roberts 2b 3 0 0 0

Grieve rf 5 1 2 1 Mora ss 4 2 2 0

Cox 1b 5 0 1 1 Bordick dh 4 0 1 1

Vaughn dh 3 0 1 0 Conine 1b 3 1 1 1

O'Leary lf 4 0 0 0 McGuire 1b 1 0 0 0

Smith 2b 3 0 1 0 Gibbons rf 3 0 1 1

Gomez ss 4 0 1 0 Bigbie rf 1 0 0 0

Sandberg 3b 3 0 0 0 Cordova lf 2 0 0 0

Flaherty c 4 1 1 0 Allen lf 1 0 0 0

Bautista 3b 3 1 1 0

Leon 3b 0 0 0 0

Gil c 3 0 1 1

Lunar c 0 0 0 0

Garcia cf 3 0 0 0

Totals 35 3 10 3 Totals 31 4 7 4

Tampa Bay 000 000 300 - 3

Orioles 210 010 00x - 4

DP-Orioles 2. LOB-Tampa Bay 9, Orioles 5. 2B-Grieve, Mora 2, Conine, Bautista, Gil. 3B-Winn, Bordick. SB-Gomez, Roberts.

Tampa Bay IP H R ER BB SO

Harper L, 0-1 3 5 3 3 0 1

Zambrano 1 0 0 0 1 1

Sosa 1 2 1 1 0 2

Colome 3 0 0 0 1 1

Orioles IP H R ER BB SO

Erickson W, 3-0 6 2/3 9 3 3 3 4

Groom 1 1/3 0 0 0 0 1

Roberts S, 3 1 1 0 0 0 0

HBP-by Groom (Smith). WP-Zambrano. T-2:18. A-3,871.

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