Making his first start of the season in place of the injured
, Sosa (1-1) scattered three singles with three walks and a strikeout.
"We will get him a nice steak dinner when we get back to the Bay area," Piniella said. "He deserves it, he pitched well. He had a good breaking ball."
"It doesn't matter," Sosa said. "I really don't care. I don't like steak."
Tampa Bay went 17 games without getting a win from a starter, the longest stretch to open a season in 11 years, prompting Piniella to make his promise following Friday's loss.
But he watched his bullpen nearly squander a 7-0 lead as the Orioles scored four times in the ninth.
gave up pinch hitter
's first major league homer before
surrendered run-scoring doubles to Gary Matthews Jr. and B.J. Surhoff and an RBI single to
"I wasn't trying to hit a home run," Morban said. "But I am excited and happy that my first big league hit being a home run is exciting."
The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Orioles.
"There were a lot of good things on the field," Piniella said. "It did get a little hairy at the end. You can't bring in relievers and put guys on base, you just can't. I look every day at the guys in Triple-A and I see what they're doing and believe me, I won't hesitate bringing one or two up at a moment's notice."
"Well, we got the win as a team," Carter said. "It wasn't pretty, but we got it. All I wanted was a double play grounder. That didn't happen. They found the holes."
(0-3) took the loss, allowing seven runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. He did not lose his third game last season until August.
"I am trying to do my best," said Lopez, whose ERA climbed to 7.66. "I am trying to make adjustments, but I have not been making quality pitches at the right time. I hope I can work on that."
Lombard, recalled from Class AAA Durham before the game, wasted no time contributing, belting a solo homer on the second pitch he saw in the top of the first. Huff's two-run shot made it 3-0 in the third.
appeared to put away the game in the sixth. After loading the bases with one out, they knocked out Lopez without getting the ball out of the infield.
Lopez tried to field Easley's comebacker, but the ball deflected off his hand for a run-scoring infield hit.
slapped a grounder to the right side, but Lopez was late covering first, bringing in another run.
"He had a mental lapse not covering first base," Orioles manager
said. "You can't give a big league team more than three outs. Tampa scored four runs in the sixth inning and we gave them three extra outs. We just can't do that."