Play it again -- Orioles 3, Devil Rays 1

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Aubrey Huff hadn't homered since June 29, so perhaps he had forgotten the feeling and just wanted to make sure that he went deep. More likely, his pose after his three-run shot in the fourth inning was his way of responding to the boos from the Tampa Bay crowd. Huff spent parts of seven seasons with the Devil Rays and was outspoken in his criticism of the organization and its losing ways. He got some payback with one swing off James Shields, giving the Orioles a 3-1 lead.


It looked like Daniel Cabrera was headed for another frustrating outing when he loaded the bases in the second inning after hitting two consecutive Devil Rays. Cabrera then walked Ben Zobrist to bring in a run. But he got out of the inning with no further damage, and the wild sequence proved to be a blip in an otherwise strong outing. Cabrera went seven innings for just the second time in his past nine starts and allowed one earned run on four hits and one walk, while striking out three.


Hoping to fix his struggling bullpen, interim manager Dave Trembley named Danys Baez his full-time closer with Chris Ray on the disabled list. The move paid immediate dividends as Baez protected a two-run lead in the ninth, getting his first save as an Oriole. It appeared things would get interesting as the right-hander issued a leadoff walk to Carlos Pena. But he got Delmon Young to hit into a double play and retired Brendan Harris on a ground ball to second base.


In Game 2 of the series, Orioles left-hander Brian Burres (5-4, 4.12) will oppose Tampa Bay ace left-hander Scott Kazmir (7-7, 3.85). Burres has faced the Devil Rays three times in relief, allowing two hits and a walk in 3 2/3 scoreless innings. Kazmir has allowed just four earned runs in four starts since the All-Star break. Three of the runs were scored by the Orioles, who beat him July 24 at Camden Yards. Kazmir is winless in his past five starts against the Orioles.

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