BALTIMORE (Ticker) --
won a duel of pitchers battling back from debilitating elbow injuries.
Hentgen combined with two relievers on a three-hitter and the
made the most of their chances, snapping a season-high six-game losing streak with a 2-0 blanking of the
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Since undergoing "
" surgery on his pitching elbow in August 2001, Hentgen (1-0) was 0-4 in six starts. But he limited the
to two singles and four walks in seven innings, striking out four in his longest outing of the season.
"I thought it would never happen again," Hentgen said. "After you have major surgery, yes, you have doubts. You try to persevere. When I came to this club, I was hoping to bring my durability. It was disappointing."
breezed through the eighth and
worked in and out of trouble in the ninth for his 10th save, preserving Hentgen's first win since May 16, 2001.
"Pat was very good," Orioles manager
said. "Pitchers who come back from injuries get better as they get work. We wanted to bring him along slow. It was good to see. Pat is good people, and it is good to see good people do these things."
The victory came at the expense of
(0-1), who was making his first major league appearance since July 24, 1998. The righthander gave up just two runs and five hits in seven innings, walking two and coming within one of a career high with nine strikeouts.
"I moved my fastball in and out," Gonzalez said. "It was good, the way Javier (Valentin) called the game. He and I had never worked together before. I want to work hard for this ballclub, this manager."
drove in the only run the Orioles needed with a single in the bottom of the first and Jerry Hairston Jr. provided insurance with an RBI double in the fifth.
"We needed a win after losing six and we got it," Baltimore catcher
said. "Pat was on his game."
failed in another bid for their first three-game winning streak of the season.
"We didn't swing the bats well, but I was pleased the way Jeremi pitched," Tampa Bay manager
said. "Jeremi had nine strikeouts, threw a lot of strikes. I'll take that any time out from our pitcher. Too bad we couldn't score for him."
The Orioles wasted little time getting a lead for Hentgen.
singled with one out in the bottom of the first,
walked and Conine singled to make it 1-0.
led off the Baltimore fifth with a single and was sacrificed to second by Fordyce before Hairston doubled.