Tampa Bay trailed, 3-1, before
smacked a two-run homer off Orioles reliever
with two outs in the eighth.
With one out in the ninth, Lugo singled to center field off
(1-3). B.J. Ryan got
to pop out, but Sandberg sent his 2-2 offering into the gap in left-center field to score Lugo and lift the
to 5-3 on their 10-game homestand.
"He blew two fastballs by me, so there is not much I can do but put the ball in play and find a gap," said Sandberg, who entered the contest hitting just .234.
"I would like to get him some confidence and build on it,"
said. "You're not going to find too many third basemen that do what he does at third. He's done a hell of a job at third base. He's got a strong, accurate throwing arm. The hitting is the only thing that has been missing. I know he works hard at it."
(2-6) allowed one hit in two innings of relief to pick up the victory.
"It was a good win. It was exciting and it was fun," Harper said. "Just like always, it's just about executing pitches and knowing the batters you're facing. And today, I was able to execute my pitches."
Tampa Bay starter
gave up three runs and five hits in seven innings and remained winless since May 13.
"We pitched well today and that gave us a chance to stay in the game and finally pull it out," Piniella said. "(Kennedy) used his off-speed pitches better. (He) had the shaky start but settled down and gave us seven good innings."
gave up just one run - a third-inning homer to Crawford - and six hits in six frames.
"Pat had to battle tonight," Orioles manager
said. "He was not on top of his game. He had 106 pitches after six innings, (so) I figured it was enough. He gave us the chance to win, though."
The Orioles scored twice against Kennedy in the opening frame. With one out and the bases loaded, Kennedy hit
to force in
followed with a single to left-center to drive in
. Kennedy escaped further damage when
grounded into a double play.
Baltimore took a 3-1 lead in the sixth on a one-out homer by Fordyce, his fourth of the season.
But the Orioles' bullpen could not contain the
, who played their major league-high 66th game decided by two runs or fewer. They are 32-34 in such contests.
"We have confidence that we can come back, (but) sometimes we don't," Piniella said. "You don't want to put yourself in that position of coming from behind all the time. but it was good to see us win, and we've won our share of those. My preference would be to get a two- or three-run lead and just hold it."