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'Mora' is better
O's rally past Rays
John Maine exited the game in the third inning after allowing five runs on six hits, but the Orioles offense bailed him out, posting a three-spot in the fourth. Melvin Mora hit a two-run homer and Eric DuBose stepped up with 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief work.
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Orioles 7, Devil Rays 6
Melvin Mora celebrates after hitting a two-run home run on Friday. (Steven Nesius/AP)
Series at a glance:
Rays stung by O's
Aubrey Huff hit a three-run home run in the third to give the Rays a two-run lead, but starter Doug Waechter couldn't preserve it. The O's scored three runs in the fourth, behind a Melvin Mora two-run homer, which proved too much for the Rays.
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TODAY'S WRAPS: September 30, 2005
BAL
Baltimore (72-88)
Won 1
Baltimore 7, Tampa Bay 6   TB
Tampa Bay (67-93)
Lost 2
September 30, 2005
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Baltimore
3 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 0   7 10 2
Tampa Bay
2 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 0   6 9 1
Standings through 9/30/05  |  Gameday  |  Orioles Stats  |  Devil Rays Stats
BaltimoreABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Castro, 2B5111011.280
Mora, 3B4222110.283
Tejada, SS5110001.305
Gibbons, RF4111101.276
Byrnes, LF0000000.229
Lopez, J, DH4000014.279
Young, 1B3020110.345
1-Rogers, PR01000001.000
Gil, C0000000.189
Matos, CF4012003.279
Newhan, LF-RF4110003.199
Whiteside, C3000001.250
a-Gomez, PH-1B1011000.279
Totals3771073414 

a-Singled for Whiteside in the 8th.
1-Ran for Young in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Gibbons (33, Waechter), Matos (20, Waechter), Newhan (9, Waechter), Young (1, Harper).
HR: Mora (25, 4th inning off Waechter, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Castro; Mora 5; Tejada; Gibbons 2; Young 3; Matos 2; Newhan 2; Gomez.
RBI: Gibbons (77), Matos 2 (32), Castro (6), Mora 2 (86), Gomez (18).
2-out RBI: Matos 2; Gomez.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Newhan 2; Matos.
Team LOB: 6.

FIELDING
E: Mora 2 (18, throw, fielding).
DP: 2 (Castro-Tejada-Young, Whiteside-Castro).

 
Tampa BayABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Lugo, SS3100212.294
Hollins, LF4220113.249
Cantu, 2B5111014.286
Huff, RF5123012.260
Gomes, DH5011021.284
Lee, 1B3010101.272
a-Perez, PH1000010.256
Gonzalez, 3B4110003.266
Laforest, C3000113.172
Gathright, CF4010005.274
Totals376955824 

a-Struck out for Lee in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Gomes (12, Maine), Gonzalez (20, Ray).
HR: Huff (22, 3rd inning off Maine, 2 on, 0 out).
TB: Hollins 2; Cantu; Huff 5; Gomes 2; Lee; Gonzalez 2; Gathright.
RBI: Cantu (116), Gomes (53), Huff 3 (92).
2-out RBI: Gomes.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Lee; Lugo; Gathright 2; Cantu 2.
GIDP: Hollins.
Team LOB: 9.

BASERUNNING
SB: Gathright 3 (20, 2nd base off Williams/Gil, 2nd base off Maine/Whiteside, 3rd base off Williams/Gil), Lugo (38, 2nd base off Williams/Gil).
CS: Huff (7, 2nd base by Ray/Whiteside).

FIELDING
E: Lugo (24, throw).
Outfield assists: Hollins (Mora at 1st base).
DP: (Hollins-Lee).

 
BaltimoreIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Maine 2.26553116.30
DuBose (W, 2-3)3.11002305.52
Byrdak 0.01000004.15
Ray (H, 7)1.11100102.72
Williams (H, 17)0.20000203.35
Ryan (S, 35)1.00000102.47
 
Tampa BayIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Waechter (L, 5-12)4.07662315.62
Harper 4.03111106.75
Colome 1.00000004.64

Byrdak pitched to 1 batter in the 7th.

WP: DuBose.
Pitches-strikes: Maine 65-34, DuBose 39-23, Byrdak 1-1, Ray 27-17, Williams 14-10, Ryan 11-8, Waechter 76-46, Harper 48-29, Colome 12-9.
Ground outs-fly outs: Maine 5-2, DuBose 5-3, Byrdak 0-0, Ray 1-1, Williams 0-0, Ryan 1-1, Waechter 3-6, Harper 6-5, Colome 1-2.
Batters faced: Maine 17, DuBose 13, Byrdak 1, Ray 5, Williams 3, Ryan 3, Waechter 22, Harper 15, Colome 3.
Inherited runners-scored: DuBose 2-0, Ray 1-0, Williams 2-1.
Umpires: HP: Eric Cooper. 1B: Fieldin Culbreth. 2B: Marvin Hudson. 3B: Larry Young.
Weather: 72 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 2:53.
Att: 15,805.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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