relinquished a lead in the ninth, but Baldelli singled with one out in the 10th. Lee followed by slicing a double down the left field line against lefthander B.J. Ryan (3-1).
Baldelli dove home with the winning run, giving Tampa Bay a three-game sweep, its first at Tropicana Field since the opening three games of the 2002 season. The
also finished a 7-3 homestand.
"We had a real nice homestand," manager
said. "We played really good baseball for 10 games and finished with a sweep of Baltimore, who came in here playing great baseball."
The Orioles have lost three in a row after winning seven of 11.
Piniella wasn't around for the on-field celebration after being ejected in the ninth following a controversial call at first base.
took a 5-4 lead into the ninth, but
started the inning against
with singles. Roberts went to third on Matos' hit down the left field line and Matos slid back safely into first on the throw back to the infield.
Matos appeared to be out, but the umpires had rotated, with Dana Demuth heading from third base down the left field line. Greg Gibson went from first to home, leaving second base umpire Jerry Layne with the call at first.
"My gosh, Travis (Lee) could have tagged him anywhere and (Matos) would have been out," Piniella said. "It wasn't even a close play."
Screened on the play, Layne called Matos safe, causing Piniella to sprint out of the dugout to argue the call.
"I was loose from watching my kids run," said Piniella, who called Layne one of his favorite umpires and said he was sorry it happened.
On the way off the field, Piniella kicked his hat three times, sending it into the stands.
"The hat was just laying there," he said. "What can I tell you? It was just begging for it."
"It was entertaining,"
said. "If he gets kicked out of the game, he is going to get his money's worth."
(6-3) picked up the win by striking out two in a perfect 10th.
started for the
but faded in the sixth. He yielded four runs and seven hits with four walks and four strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.
Baltimore jumped on Gonzalez in the first, opening the scoring on
' two-out double. But Tampa Bay responded with three runs in the bottom of the frame against
belted a two-run homer and Lee added a solo shot, their 20th and 14th home runs, respectively.
added a pair of runs in the fifth.
led off with a homer and Crawford walked, stole one of his three bases and scored when Gibbons misplayed Huff's double in right field.
Crawford also singled, stole second and scored on Huff's homer in the second. He tied a franchise mark with three stolen bases, increasing his American League-leading total to 37. Tampa Bay set a franchise record with six steals.
"I know there aren't too many records in this organization, so it is nice to tie any that have been set," Crawford said.
"Our kids can run," Piniella said. "We came out running today."
Helling surrendered five runs and six hits - three homers - with a walk and strikeout in five innings as his ERA rose to 5.71.
Gonzalez entered the game with a 16-inning scoreless streak at Tropicana Field.
came in and allowed a two-run double to Roberts, who was thrown out trying to advance to third on a play at the plate.
Roberts had two hits, two runs scored and two RBI, but he could not prevent the Orioles from falling to 6-10 against Tampa Bay this season. Baltimore (47-44) and Detroit (26-21) are the only teams against which the Rays have a winning all-time record.
"We lost three in Tampa to a ballclub playing good right now," Orioles manager
said. "We threw the ball well, we just couldn't get the big hit early. It was very typical of the three games here."