Mora gets last-gasp win

Down to last out, O's ride his 2-run HR by Rays, who hit 4 of own

Orioles 6 Devil Rays 5

April 14, 2006|By JEFF ZREBIEC | JEFF ZREBIEC,SUN REPORTER

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A pitch earlier, Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo was convinced that his team had at the very least tied the game. The moment the ball rocketed off David Newhan's bat and headed for the right-center-field gap, Perlozzo was sure that it was a triple, all the way up to the point where Tampa Bay Devil Rays center fielder Joey Gathright sprinted under the ball and made the catch.

Perlozzo felt the disappointment in the Orioles' dugout. It lasted several seconds, just long enough for Melvin Mora to step up to the plate and send the Orioles to their most gratifying victory of the season. Mora slammed closer Dan Miceli's first pitch, an inside fastball, into the left-field seats, giving the Orioles a 6-5 come-from-behind victory last night before 13,042 at Tropicana Field.

Angels@Orioles Tonight, 7:05, Comcast SportsNet, 1090 AM Starters: Angels' Ervin Santana (1-0, 1.59) vs. Orioles' Rodrigo Lopez (1-1, 6.39)

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