ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.(AP) The
are in a late-season free-fall.
hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth inning and pinch-hitter
had one of four Tampa Bay homers as the Rays extended the Orioles' losing streak to 11 games with a 7-6 victory Monday night.
''We're a young team and guys are learning on the job,'' Orioles pitcher
said. ''I think the one thing that we need to take from this year and really apply to next year is learning how to win. It's
a mindset. As a young player you need to experience a little bit of it to be able to do it over the course of a six-month
The recent slide, the longest since Baltimore lost 12 in a row in August 2004, might be coming at a bad time for manager Dave
Trembley, whose job status is expected to be determined by next week.
''I've never put myself ahead of anybody,'' Trembley said. ''I don't feel sorry for myself. We do the very best we can. My
responsibility is to prepare them to play hard, be professional. Put guys into situations where I think they can be successful.
And if anybody would have the guts to step up and tell me I haven't done that, I'd tell them (you're wrong).''
The Orioles left 14 on base and went 5 for 20 with runners in scoring position.
''We battled,'' Trembley said. ''We came up short.''
opened the eighth with a double off
(0-4) and went to third on B.J. Upton's grounder. Burrell's fly ball against
broke 6-all tie.
''Right now we're just trying to persevere until the end and keep playing hard,'' Zobrist said.
Tampa Bay tied it at 6 on Aybar's three-run shot in the seventh off reliever
, Zobrist and
also homered for the Rays, who are 8-5 since an 11-game skid. Tampa Bay has 193 homers this season, breaking the team record
of 190 set in 2006.
Baltimore got a two-run homer from
. The Orioles (60-96) are a season-worst 36 games under .500.
(3-3) pitched a scoreless inning before
got the final out in the ninth with a runner on first for his second save.
had an RBI single during a two-run third, Roberts gave the Orioles a 4-2 advantage on his two-run shot in the fourth.
, in the fifth, and
one inning later had run-scoring singles to make it 6-3.
Kapler and Zobrist hit solo homers to put the Rays up 2-0 in the first. Longoria's 32nd homer pulled Tampa Bay to 4-3 in the
fourth. Longoria has 110 RBIs this season.
Tampa Bay rookie
failed in his sixth attempt to win his 13th game, allowing four runs and seven hits in 3 1-3 innings. Hendrickson gave up
three runs - all on solo homers - and three hits over six innings.
''We get paid to win and we're not winning right now,'' Hendrickson said. ''It's frustrating and nobody is happy with it.''
NOTES: Rays senior adviser
continues to improve following back surgery on Sept. 2. He has resumed driving his car and is set to start a rehab program
next week. When Zimmer, in his 61st year in baseball, was asked about being ready for spring training, he smiled and said
yes. ... Trembley confirmed that rookie RHP
has been shut down for the rest of the season due to the number of innings he's pitched this year. ... Baltimore RHP
will undergo tests for a sore shoulder. ... Orioles OF
(left quadriceps strain) had tests and missed his third straight game. ... Baltimore has lost 12 straight games played on