- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 2, 2004

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Daniel Cabrera found just the fix for his recent pitching woes — the slumping Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Javy Lopez drove in four runs, Cabrera became the first rookie to win 10 games this season and the Baltimore Orioles held the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to two hits in an 8-0 victory last night.

Cabrera (10-7) sent Tampa Bay to its fifth straight loss. He allowed two hits, six walks and struck out three in 61/3 scoreless innings, an improvement over his last three starts. He had allowed 20 runs and 20 hits over his past 82/3 innings.

“Overall, he pitched a great game,” Lopez said. “He gave up only two hits, no runs. You can’t expect anything better.”

Todd Williams and John Parrish completed the two-hitter for the Orioles, who have won three straight following a 12-game losing streak.

“The big difference is the guys didn’t hit me this time,” Cabrera said. “Better command with my fastball, breaking ball and changeup.”

The Devil Rays’ two hits tied a season low. They went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

“It wasn’t a good game,” Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella said. “We didn’t pitch well. We didn’t hit well.”

Mark Hendrickson (8-14) lost his sixth straight start, giving up four runs and eight hits in six innings. He has allowed 33 runs and 50 hits over 291/3 innings during his losing streak.

“It wasn’t as super crisp as I would have liked,” Hendrickson said. “I kept my team in the game. That’s what you got to do.”

Hendrickson was called for a balk in the sixth when he dropped the ball while on the pitching rubber.

“I’ve never had that happen before,” Hendrickson said.

Rocco Baldelli returned from the 15-day disabled list and was Tampa Bay’s designated hitter. He became the 13th active player to reach 300 hits before turning 23 with a first-inning double.

The Orioles jumped on Hendrickson in the first. Lopez had a two-run single, and B.J. Surhoff hit an RBI single to put the Orioles up 3-0.

“With men in scoring position, we’re trying to hit,” Lopez said. “Today it was my chance to do something like that and I did it.”

Brian Roberts made it 4-0 on a sacrifice fly in the sixth.

Lopez extended the Orioles’ lead to 6-0 on his two-run double off reliever Chad Gaudin in the seventh. Val Majewski and Jose Leon each had a RBI in the ninth.

Cabrera departed after loading the bases with one out in the seventh on three walks. Williams entered and induced an inning-ending double play from Julio Lugo.

The Devil Rays also loaded the bases in the third with two outs but failed to score when Jose Cruz Jr. struck out.

Notes — The Devil Rays have allowed 40 runs and 66 hits in the past five games. … The Orioles reinstated left fielder Larry Bigbie (groin) and designated hitter David Segui (knee) from the disabled list. Both were in the starting lineup. … Segui went 2-for-4 in his first game since April 24. … Devil Rays outfielder Carl Crawford likely will be out of the lineup for a few days with a sore right shoulder. An MRI revealed inflammation. … Cabrera has two wins in his last eight starts. … Orioles third baseman Melvin Mora singled in the seventh to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.

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