ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.(AP) The
' worst stretch in two decades is over.
allowed one run over five innings in his first start of the season and the Orioles stopped a 13-game losing streak by beating
Tampa Bay Rays
3-2 on Thursday night.
''It was like time stood still for about 15 seconds. I had to let it just sink in for a while,'' Baltimore manager Dave Trembley
said. ''You'll remember this one more so than the other ones. It's been an experience I'd rather not have to duplicate again.''
The skid was the longest in the majors this season and the third-worst in Orioles history. Baltimore dropped 14 consecutive
games in August 1954 and opened the 1988 season by losing 21 straight.
''I can't explain it to you,'' Trembley added. ''It's unbelievable.''
Waters (1-0), making his 12th career start and first since Sept. 26, 2008, gave up two hits, three walks and struck out two.
The left-hander has four appearances out of the bullpen this year, posting an 8.10 ERA.
''It was great for him, and obviously tremendous for our team,'' Trembley said. ''He's a local kid. He had a lot of family
here. It worked out.''
Waters, from nearby Lakeland, won for the first time since Sept. 16, 2008. He was the final opposing starter at the old Yankee
Stadium last season.
''I think (I was) more nervous here than New York last year,'' he said.
hit his 27th homer for the Rays.
(8-12) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings.
''I don't think anybody in here wants the season to end on Sunday,'' Zobrist said. ''It's just the way that it is.''
Baltimore finished with a road record of 25-56 this season, the third-lowest win total in franchise history.
put the Orioles ahead with a run-scoring single in the first. He has eight RBIs over his last 25 games.
Baltimore took a 3-0 lead in the fourth on RBI singles by
Zobrist's homer made it 3-1 in the fourth. He has seven home runs and 18 RBIs in 16 games against Baltimore this year.
combined for three scoreless innings before
, who gave up a sacrifice fly to
, got three outs for his ninth save.
to hit a game-ending comebacker with runners on first and third.
''The ninth inning was a piece of cake,'' a smiling Trembley said. ''I thought it was a pretty basic formula there in the
ninth compared to what we've been going through.''
Tampa Bay fell to 50-28 at home. The defending AL champions close the season with three home games against the AL East champion
New York Yankees
beginning Friday night.
''We're very excited about playing them, actually,'' Rays manager Joe Maddon said. ''It's the last three games of the season.''
NOTES: Garza is 6-1 in his career against Baltimore. ... Orioles LF
(sore left foot) didn't play. There is a chance he might return before the season ends. ... Tampa Bay 1B
swiped third in the second inning for his first stolen base of the season. He has seven steals overall in 302 career games.
... Baltimore has allowed 212 homers this season.