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No win, but promise
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Rays 7, Orioles 5
Alfredo Simon allowed just one run over the first seven innings. (Rob Carr/AP)
While the Orioles' troubled bullpen kept Alfredo Simon from getting a win in his first start and Baltimore dropped both games of a twin bill to Tampa Bay, Simon was electric in his first Major League start until tiring in the eighth. Guillermo Quiroz had two hits and an RBI.
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Series at a glance:
TB
Tampa Bay (95-62)
Won 3
Tampa Bay 7, Baltimore 5   BAL
Baltimore (67-90)
Lost 8
September 23, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Tampa Bay
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0   7 11 0
Baltimore
0 2 0 0 1 1 1 0 0   5 10 1
Standings thru 9/23/08  |  Recap: TB | BAL  |  Gameday  |  Rays stats  |  Orioles stats
Tampa Bay AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Zobrist, SS-LF 4 2 2 0 0 0 1 .235
Aybar, W, 2B 4 0 0 1 0 0 2 .254
  Iwamura, 2B 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .273
Johnson, D, 1B 5 0 1 1 0 1 0 .200
Longoria, 3B 5 1 1 1 0 1 1 .276
Floyd, C, DH 3 0 1 0 0 1 1 .276
  b-Baldelli, PH-DH 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 .264
Gross, RF 3 1 0 0 1 0 1 .244
Hinske, LF 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 .245
  c-Bartlett, PH-SS 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 .288
Hernandez, M, C 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 .250
  d-Navarro, D, PH-C 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 .292
Perez, F, CF 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 .264
  a-Pena, C, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .247
  Upton, B, CF 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 .274
Totals 39 7 11 7 1 7 11  

a-Struck out for Perez, F in the 7th. b-Singled for Floyd, C in the 8th. c-Singled for Hinske in the 8th. d-Singled for Hernandez, M in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Hinske (21, Simon), Upton, B (36, Mickolio).
3B: Zobrist (2, Simon).
HR: Longoria (26, 8th inning off Simon, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Bartlett; Hernandez, M; Longoria 4; Upton, B 2; Floyd, C; Baldelli; Zobrist 4; Navarro, D; Hinske 2; Johnson, D.
RBI: Johnson, D (4), Aybar, W (32), Longoria (83), Bartlett (36), Navarro, D 2 (52), Upton, B (65).
2-out RBI: Longoria; Bartlett; Navarro, D 2; Upton, B.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Perez, F; Zobrist.
Team RISP: 4-for-8.
Team LOB: 7.

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Hinske (Castro, Ju at 3rd base).

 
Baltimore AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Roberts, B, 2B 4 1 1 1 1 1 2 .296
Montanez, RF 4 1 2 0 1 0 0 .311
Scott, LF 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 .258
  Jones, Ad, CF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .272
Salazar, O, 3B 5 0 2 1 0 0 2 .282
Hernandez, Ra, DH 4 1 1 1 0 0 3 .257
Millar, 1B 3 0 1 0 1 0 2 .236
Payton, CF-LF 4 1 0 0 0 1 3 .245
Quiroz, C 3 1 2 1 0 1 1 .189
  a-Markakis, PH 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .300
  Santos, O, C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .143
Castro, Ju, SS 3 0 1 1 0 0 2 .190
  b-Huff, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .306
  Cintron, SS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .281
Totals 36 5 10 5 4 4 20  

a-Walked for Quiroz in the 8th. b-Popped out for Castro, Ju in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Montanez (6, Talbot), Salazar, O (3, Talbot), Quiroz (5, Niemann).
TB: Millar; Quiroz 3; Roberts, B; Castro, Ju; Montanez 3; Salazar, O 3; Hernandez, Ra.
RBI: Castro, Ju (16), Roberts, B (57), Salazar, O (14), Quiroz (14), Hernandez, Ra (65).
2-out RBI: Castro, Ju; Roberts, B.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Salazar, O; Hernandez, Ra; Castro, Ju; Roberts, B.
Team RISP: 2-for-12.
Team LOB: 8.

BASERUNNING
SB: Payton (8, 2nd base off Talbot/Hernandez, M), Roberts, B (39, 2nd base off Talbot/Hernandez, M).

FIELDING
E: Cintron (8, throw).
PB: Quiroz (5).

 
Tampa Bay IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Talbot 4.1 6 3 3 3 2 0 8.59
Bradford 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.05
Niemann (W, 2-1) 2.1 4 2 2 1 2 0 5.54
Howell (S, 3) 1.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.22
 
Baltimore IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Simon 7.2 7 3 3 0 6 1 4.91
Walker (BS, 4)(L, 1-3) 0.0 3 4 4 1 0 0 6.87
Mickolio 0.1 1 0 0 0 0 0 6.75
Sherrill 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.82

Walker pitched to 4 batters in the 8th.

WP: Simon, Walker.
HBP: Zobrist (by Simon).
Pitches-strikes: Talbot 76-44, Bradford 4-3, Niemann 38-25, Howell 17-14, Simon 96-69, Walker 14-7, Mickolio 8-4, Sherrill 17-11.
Groundouts-flyouts: Talbot 5-2, Bradford 2-0, Niemann 4-1, Howell 2-1, Simon 12-3, Walker 0-0, Mickolio 0-1, Sherrill 1-0.
Batters faced: Talbot 21, Bradford 2, Niemann 12, Howell 5, Simon 31, Walker 4, Mickolio 2, Sherrill 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Bradford 2-1, Howell 1-0, Mickolio 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Jim Reynolds. 1B: Tim Timmons. 2B: Gary Cederstrom. 3B: James Hoye.
Weather: 72 degrees, clear.
Wind: 2 mph, In from CF.
T: 3:00.
Att: 15,215.
Venue: Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
September 23, 2008
September 23, 2008

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