American League Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Baltimore|
(Friday, May 11th)
Final Score: Baltimore 4, Tampa Bay 3
Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Nick Johnson's two-run blast in the bottom of
the seventh inning was the difference, as Baltimore topped Tampa Bay, 4-3, in
the opener of a three-game set from Camden Yards.
"The main thing is, we got a win," said Johnson. "And guys are playing the
right way and we have to continue that. It's a long season."
Adam Jones and Nick Markakis each hit solo homers for the Orioles, who were
coming off losing three of four at home against Texas.
Darren O'Day (3-0) turned in a scoreless top of the seventh to earn the win,
and Jim Johnson notched his 10th save with a perfect ninth.
Elliot Johnson and Carlos Pena drove in the runs for the Rays, who skidded to
their fifth loss in six games.
Joel Peralta (0-2) took the loss and the blown save after serving up the
deciding home run.
Tampa starter Jeremy Hellickson retired the first two batters in the seventh,
but allowed a single to Chris Davis, and his night was complete. Enter
Peralta, who promptly surrendered Johnson's winner, his first longball of the
season, to put the O's on top.
"That's the part that hurts the most. Your starter pitches a good game and
you ruin it," said Peralta.
Pedro Strop and Johnson then combined to set down the last six Rays of the
Tampa got on the board in the second when Sean Rodriguez grounded into a run-
scoring double play, but Jones' leadoff homer in the bottom half squared the
The Rays moved ahead 3-1 in the fourth on a Johnson single and Pena hit-by-
pitch, both with the bases loaded.
Markakis reached the seats in right-center in the home sixth to make it a one-
Baltimore has won its last three home tilts against Tampa Bay...Hellickson
ended up allowing five hits and three runs over 6 2/3 innings, while his
counterpart Dana Eveland -- recalled from Triple-A Norfolk prior to
the contest -- lasted six innings and gave up three runs on five hits with six
walks and two strikeouts...In other Orioles roster moves, the club placed
pitcher Matt Lindstrom on the 15-day disabled list with a right middle finger
injury and also designated infielder Zelous Wheeler for assignment...Also for
Baltimore, pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada underwent elbow ligament replacement surgery
on his pitching shoulder.
05/12 00:27:02 ET