O's loss is win for rookie Penn

Pounded in first 3 starts, he survives 6 2/3 before Lopez loses 17th on HR

September 21, 2006|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,Sun Reporter

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. -- Though nobody in the visiting clubhouse was saying it, the psyche of top pitching prospect Hayden Penn yesterday afternoon was probably more important for the Orioles than anything else that went on at a mostly empty Tropicana Field.

So on a day when the Orioles lost, falling, 4-2, to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and failing to secure a three-game series sweep, Penn's performance made the defeat a little easier to accept. Pounded for a total of 22 runs in his first three starts this season, Penn pitched well, surrendering two earned runs and five hits over a season-high 6 2/3 innings.

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