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Updated: Friday, May 16, 2003 11:28 PM EDT
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Tampa Bay Devil Rays
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R H E
5 8 0
Baltimore Orioles
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1 7 0
W McClung (4-1)
L Johnson (4-2)
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TAMPA BAY 5, BALTIMORE 1
 

BALTIMORE (Ticker) -- Rocco Baldelli and Aubrey Huff each drove in two runs and Jason Tyner scored three times as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays posted a 5-1 triumph over the Baltimore Orioles .

It was the Orioles' sixth straight defeat - their longest losing streak since dropping their final 12 games last season - and 10th loss in 12 games.

Tampa Bay posted its fifth win in seven contests and improved to 3-1 on its season-high 12-game road trip.

"We just take one series at a time," Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella said. "We still have a ways to go."

"We're still a young team," Huff said. "We're starting to click a bit more now. We're getting to know each other more and it's showing on the field."

The Devil Rays took the lead for good on Huff's RBI double against Jason Johnson (4-2) in the top of the first inning and gave Seth McClung (4-1) a 4-0 advantage two innings later on Baldelli's RBI groundout and back-to-back run-scoring doubles by Huff and Travis Lee .

"I just want to play my game," said Huff, who went 3-for-4. "I've been driving the ball pretty well lately. I'm just looking for good pitches to hit and I'm getting them."

"Huff had a real nice night offensively," Piniella said. "It was a good all-around ballgame."

The Orioles appeared as though they would climb back into the contest in the fourth, when they loaded the bases with none out. But after Tony Batista hit a sacrifice fly to plate David Segui and Larry Bigbie walked, McClung induced Deivi Cruz to pop out and Brook Fordyce to strike out to end the threat.

Trailing 5-1 in the bottom of the fifth, the Orioles had runners on first and third with one out against McClung, but Jeff Conine grounded into an inning-ending double play.

"We had opportunities to score tonight," Orioles acting manager Sam Perlozzo said. "That was a good thing. We got into a position to score, but you also have to score. I am sure there is pressing going on."

McClung walked a season-high six batters but allowed just one run and four hits in 6 1/3 innings.

"I didn't feel good at all, to tell you the truth," McClung said. "I knew somehow I had to get my team five or six (innings), so I just went out there and did what I could."

"He throws hard but with an easy delivery," Perlozzo said of McClure. "He gets his breaking ball over. Those things make him tough."

Despite earning the victory, McClung was displeased with his wildness.

"It just makes me mad," McClung said of his six walks. "That's a mechanics problem. I'm going to fix that, period. That simply just can't happen again."

"He threw a hell of a game and then he started letting them come back a bit," Piniella said.

Johnson surrendered five runs and seven hits in just 4 1/3 innings, his shortest outing of the season.

"Johnson didn't have his command," Perlozzo said. "He could not locate his fastball. He left too many pitches out over the plate."

"(The weather) didn't bother me," said Johnson of the rainy conditions at Camden Yards. "I just felt tired. My legs were tired. My arms were tired. My muscles were tired."

The Orioles have scored only four runs in their last four games.

"You run into good streaks and bad streaks," Perlozzo said. "The concern for me is we didn't hit as a team last year. We are not a power-hitting team. So we got to get the offense untracked."

Orioles manager Mike Hargrove , who has missed the team's last six games due to the death of his mother in Texas, is expected to return for Saturday's contest.


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