Tampa Bay erased an early 6-0 deficit, but Baltimore took a 7-6 lead on
's solo homer off
(2-0) with one out in the 10th.
, who stranded two runners in the bottom of the ninth, loaded the bases against Orioles reliever
(0-1) with one out in the bottom half.
opened the inning with a double and stayed at second base when
followed with an infield hit. Rookie
advanced the runners with a sacrifice and Julio intentionally walked
to load the bases.
With the bases loaded, Groom entered to face the lefthanded Lee, who hit a hard grounder back toward the mound. Groom stuck his glove out but could not glove the ball as the speedy
scored from third with the winning run.
"It happened so fast, it was a blur," Lee said. "I'm just glad it's over and we got a victory."
"The kids show a lot of spunk,"
said. "There is no quit in them. It was fun to watch them play. It's nice for the manager and coaching staff to see them play this hard through the first eight games of the season."
Groom's quick reflexes may have prevented a game-ending double play that could have extended the game for the Orioles.
"If Buddy hadn't knocked the ball down with his glove, one of our middle guys would've caught it, but that's the way it goes," Baltimore manager
"It just hit right off the tip of my glove," Groom said. "It was just a reaction play. I think I may have closed it a little too quickly and it hit the side of my glove."
It was the second blown save in as many appearances for Julio, who has not converted an opportunity since August 15.
had three hits and
drove in three runs for the Orioles, who have lost five of their first seven games.
"We had opportunities," Groom said. "They outplayed us and came back. They didn't quit and they didn't give up and that was the difference."
Baltimore jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning, highlighted by Cruz's bases-loaded double off Tampa Bay starter
added an RBI single in the second inning to give the Orioles a 6-0 cushion.
"It didn't look good after two innings, but we battled back," Piniella said.
Tampa Bay rallied against Baltimore's
in the fourth inning.
had a two-run double and Baldelli and Huff added run-scoring infield singles to bring the
started the sixth inning for Baltimore and issued a leadoff walk to
, who scored on
's double. Ordonez went to third on Crawford's flyout and scored on a sacrifice fly by Baldelli to forge a 6-6 tie.