BALTIMORE (Ticker) --
led off the bottom of the 10th inning with a home run to give the
a 5-4 victory over the
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Batista hit a 1-0 pitch from
(3-7) over the left field fence as the Orioles overcame a four-run deficit. Batista also had an RBI groundout in the eighth inning to get Baltimore within 4-3.
"Tony has had success against Colome in the past and certainly none bigger than his last at-bat," Orioles manager
said. "It would have been real easy to stop and check it in after we got down 4-0."
Batista's blast was the first game-ending homer for the Orioles since
hit a three-run shot against the
last August 20.
"I was trying to hit the ball hard, not hit a home run," Batista said. "I was looking inside fastball. The first pitch was inside, but the second one was better to hit."
After Batista bounced out in the eighth, Colome got
to hit another grounder to third base. But
booted it, allowing
to score the tying run.
Sandberg gave Tampa Bay a 4-0 lead in the sixth inning with his third home run in as many days. But the
managed just two hits thereafter.
"We had a 4-0 lead in the seventh and couldn't hold it,"
Baltimore's comeback spoiled a stellar start by rookie
, who allowed two runs and eight hits with a strikeout in 6 1/3 innings. The 20-year-old righthander has not lost since June 6, when he was pitching for Bakersfield in the Class A California League.
"I just wanted to get as deep as I could to give us a chance," Gaudin said. "I had good command tonight. I was OK, but I know I can be better."
The Orioles also bailed out
, who surrendered a two-run blast to
and has allowed three home runs in his last two starts after serving up three in his previous nine outings.
"They gave me a go on 3-0," Huff said. "I haven't had a lot of 3-0 counts this year, either. I kind of figured a fastball was coming and it did."
The homer was only the second for Huff since July 29, but it was his third of the year against Baltimore. In the
' 18 games against the Orioles this season, Huff hit .351 (26-for-74) with three homers and 16 RBI.
B.J. Ryan (4-1) picked up the win with 1 1/3 innings of one-hit relief.