BALTIMORE (Ticker) -- With a pair of struggling lefthanders on the mound at Camden Yards, the
and Tampa Bay Devils Rays likely did not expect to wrap things up in just over two hours.
settled down after a shaky start and combined with two relievers on a five-hitter and
hit a two-run homer as the Orioles defeated the road-weary
, 4-1, for their fourth win in five games.
Daal (1-2) went seven innings, allowing one run and five hits with a strikeout and no walks. After the second, he gave up only a leadoff single to
in the fourth. He got
to bounce into a double play and retired 10 straight batters before
tossed a scoreless eighth inning.
"I was hitting my spots today," Daal said. "I felt good out there. Everything was pretty much working for me out there. I only gave up one run, that's a good sign. Anytime you can pitch a good game like that, it only makes the team better."
The win was the first in nine starts for Daal, who signed a two-year contract with Baltimore last January after spending the previous five seasons in the National League. It was Baltimore's first win by a lefthanded starter since
on April 28, 2001.
managed the Orioles as
flew to Texas to be with his mother, who was hospitalized Saturday.
"For him to get seven like he did, he did a great job," Perlozzo said. "When he needed to make his pitches, he made them this time. That was the difference. He kept the ball down the ball today, which is his style of pitching. I wanted to get him at least seven innings without any problems and that happened, which is a good thing."
struck out two in a perfect ninth for his fifth save in seven chances.
had an infield single to start the bottom of the second and scored when right fielder
misplayed a double by
grounded out to score Cordova and
chased Bierbrodt with a single to right before McClung came in to retire Hairston and Mora.