Play it again -- Devil Rays 8, Orioles 6

August 31, 2007|By ROCH KUBATKO

Homer unhappy

The ball leaves Jeremy Guthrie's hand, and then it leaves the ballpark. And much too often for his liking. Guthrie served up two more home runs last night, a bases-empty shot by Josh Wilson leading off the third and a three-run drive by B.J. Upton later in the inning that gave Tampa Bay a 4-3 lead. Guthrie allowed four homers in his first 15 games. Since then, he has surrendered 19 in 14 outings. Teams have hit two or more in four of Guthrie's past five starts.

The little things

The home runs hurt Guthrie, but it was something much smaller that tagged him with the loss. With the score tied 5-5 in the sixth, Carl Crawford grounded a single into right field with two outs that scored Wilson and gave the Devil Rays a lead they wouldn't surrender. Wilson reached on an infield hit after Jonny Gomes doubled. Gomes was forced out at home, but Wilson eventually crossed the plate.

Good and bad

There are two sides to Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada. On one side, he has committed four errors in his past seven games, his latest miscue coming last night when he blindly flipped the ball toward second baseman Brian Roberts in the fourth inning after making a diving stop of Wilson's grounder and trying for the force. The ball sailed wide of Roberts. On the other side, Tejada has five home runs in those seven games. He had a double, single and walk last night.

On deck

The Orioles hit the road again, hoping it doesn't hit them back. They'll send out two rookies to start against the Boston Red Sox, beginning tonight with Radhames Liz, who will be making his second major league appearance. Tim Wakefield has won three consecutive starts, six of seven and nine of 11. He has a decision in every start this season. In his career, he's 14-13 with a 4.06 ERA and four saves in 43 games against the Orioles.

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