Patterson clears fence, Devil Rays

His 2 home runs, game-saving catch for last out lift Orioles to win

Orioles 7 Devil Rays 5

May 31, 2006|By CHILDS WALKER | CHILDS WALKER,SUN REPORTER

Corey Patterson's descent from phenom status reached its nadir last season when he hit .215 and couldn't hold a job for the Chicago Cubs.

His fortunes didn't seem to be turning early this season, as he rode the bench for an Orioles team predicted to finish fourth. But in recent weeks, Patterson has raised his average, given his team a shot of speed and earned near-daily starts.

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