Aubrey Huff hit an opposite-field home run that landed in the Orioles' bullpen to break the scoreless tie and was greeted by a mob of teammates at home plate after circling the bases. The homer was Huff's second against his former team this season, and the Orioles have now won four of five against Tampa Bay.
There's a reason the left-hander's first name ends with a "k." Bedard, after an 11-strikeout performance against the Cleveland Indians on April 28, struck out 10 hitters last night, putting him first in the American League with 56. Bedard struck out at least one hitter in each of the first six innings, and four Devil Rays struck out at least twice during last night's pitching duel.
After giving up a single with one out in the second inning, James Shields retired 11 consecutive Orioles batters before walking Jay Gibbons to start the sixth. Shields didn't give up another hit until Kevin Millar singled, with help from a friendly bounce off the grass, in the eighth. Shields went nine innings and has worked more than seven innings in each of his past four starts.
The Orioles complete their three-game series with the Devil Rays tonight, sending Daniel Cabrera (2-3, 4.00) to the mound. Cabrera won his most recent start, giving up a run and three hits in seven innings, and is 3-0 lifetime against Tampa Bay. Left-hander Casey Fossum (2-2, 7.34), who beat the Orioles less than a month ago, starts for the Devil Rays.