Huff had three extra-base hits and drove in two runs and Lee added four hits and three RBI as the
battled to a 9-8 victory over the
After regaining the lead with three runs in the eighth inning, Tampa Bay squandered it in the bottom of the frame. But after rookie
singled with one out in the ninth against Baltimore closer
, Huff hit his American League-leading 28th extra-base hit - a double to left-center - to give the
an 8-7 advantage.
"I used to be a double-up-the-gap guy," Huff said. "But I have learned a thing or two about driving the ball since I've been up here."
Lee followed with an RBI single to right for Tampa Bay, which claimed its third consecutive road series win and third staight series overall for the first time since 2001.
"I'm feeling fine at the plate," Lee said. "What is happening with us is fun to be part of. We think win when we go on the field. ... We keep battling no matter what."
"The rest of the schedule will tell (the future),"
said. "This is only the middle of May. I don't look too far ahead. I stay in the present. But we are playing respectable baseball. I am happy with that."
Julio (0-2) took the loss, allowing two runs and five hits in 1 1/3 innings.
"For the past two or three years, games like those have been ours," Baltimore managear
said. "Baseball is a game of cycles. Right now, our guys are struggling. Julio was up with everything. Today, he was right down the middle of the plate waist high. That is not a good combination."
Huff and Lee teamed up to give the
the lead in the fourth inning, belting back-to-back RBI doubles off Baltimore starter
followed with a run-scoring single, giving Tampa Bay a 3-0 cushion.
The Orioles drew even in the bottom of the inning on a solo home run by
and a two-run blast by
. Conine snapped the tie with a single in the fifth before
doubled to score
and give Baltimore a 5-3 advantage.
Playing in his second game with the
after being signed on Thursday,
made it a one-run contest with a solo homer in the seventh.
Huff began an eighth-inning rally with a shot off reliever
that appeared to be a home run, hitting the bullpen roof in right-center field. But the umpires ruled the ball was in play, limiting Huff to a triple.
"It was a home run," Piniella said. "The home run hit the flat of the roof. The umpire said it hit the padding. I said, 'There must be fiberglass in the padding the way it bounced.'"
Lee made the ruling moot, stroking a single to left to plate Huff and even the game. Pinch hitter
greeted Julio with a two-run double later in the inning to put Tampa Bay ahead by two.
"I saw the replay," Huff said. "(The umpire) missed it. It could have changed the complexion of the game if Travis did not drive me in."