Orioles leadoff man Brian Roberts entered Monday's game in an 0-for-16 slump, so he had plenty on his mind as he stepped to the plate and faced Scott Kazmir for the first time. He got even more to think about when Kazmir's first pitch sailed behind him. Eight of Kazmir's first nine pitches were balls and his 12th pitch was pounded into the right-field seats by Nick Markakis for a three-run homer.
GETTING IT DONE
Orioles manager Dave Trembley said before the game that Danys Baez was not being considered for the closer's role because he is too valuable in his current position. Baez showed why Monday, entering a tie game in the sixth inning and stranding a runner at third base. With the Orioles up by two runs in the seventh, Baez stranded another runner at second to turn in two scoreless innings.
Orioles right-hander Koji Uehara (2-2, 4.50 ERA) will make his first start Tuesday since getting hit in the chest by a line drive Wednesday. In his past three starts, Uehara has allowed seven earned runs in 20 innings, compared with eight earned runs in his first 10 innings this season. Rays right-hander Matt Garza (2-2, 3.82) takes a 5-0 record with a 2.82 ERA in six career starts against the Orioles into Tuesday's game.