- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 1, 2004

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Melvin Mora and Jay Gibbons homered in the 12th inning, and the Baltimore Orioles outlasted Aubrey Huff and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 10-6 last night.

Huff homered twice. He hit a tying home run with two outs in the ninth, then tied it again with an RBI single in the 11th.

Mora hit his 23rd homer leading off the 12th against Lance Carter (3-3). After B.J. Surhoff had an RBI single, Gibbons hit a two-run homer to make it 10-6.

Gibbons also homered in the third, and he tied a career high with four hits.

Surhoff hit a go-ahead single in the 11th inning, giving Baltimore a 6-5 lead. Huff’s single off Buddy Groom (4-1) evened it.

Jorge Julio gave up Huff’s home run in the ninth. All three of Julio’s blown saves in 22 chances this season have come against Tampa Bay.

Jose Cruz Jr. also homered for Tampa Bay, which has lost four straight.

Gibbons put the Orioles up 1-0 on a solo homer in the third, and Rafael Palmeiro’s run-scoring double in the fourth made it 2-0. The double was his 565th, which moved him past Charlie Gehringer into 15th place on the career list.

Brian Roberts extended the lead to 3-0 with an RBI double in the fifth. Huff’s two-run homer in the bottom half got the Devil Rays within 3-2.

Javy Lopez’s RBI single gave the Orioles a 4-2 lead in the sixth. Geoff Blum hit a run-scoring single in the bottom half that pulled the Devil Rays within 4-3.

The Orioles scored a single run for the fifth straight inning in the seventh to go ahead 5-3 on Mora’s run-scoring single. Cruz cut the deficit to 5-4 on his 20th homer of the season in the seventh.

Orioles starter Bruce Chen gave up three runs and five hits in 51/3 innings. He allowed three hits over seven scoreless innings in his first start of the season last Wednesday against Oakland after being called up from Class AAA Ottawa.

Tampa Bay’s Rob Bell allowed four runs and seven hits in five-plus innings.

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