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Orioles score season-high six runs

BALTIMORE (AP) – Six runs probably felt like an onslaught to the offense-starved Baltimore Orioles.

John Bale pitched 2 1/3 innings of solid relief for his first major league victory and the Orioles broke a two-game losing streak with a 6-5 win over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Saturday.

The Orioles, who came in with 22 runs scored and just one home run -- both major league lows -- in their first 10 games, scored a season-high six runs and broke a 4-4 tie with a two-run fifth.

"The key is taking advantage when those opportunities or breaks present themselves," said Orioles manager Mike Hargrove, who earned his 800th career victory. "We were able to do that today. We haven't done that with any consistency so far this season."

Baltimore, which had lost four of five, scored three runs on a hit batsman with the bases loaded, a groundout and an error.

"It's important for us to get into good hitting counts and to be able to do something in those counts once we get there," Hargrove said. "Our guys really backed up a step and stopped trying to do too much."

Bale, making his Orioles debut, allowed one hit and walked one after taking over for starter Chuck McElroy with two outs in the fourth.

"I was mainly just thinking about keeping the game tight and keeping them right where they were at," Bale said. "Then we started swinging the bats. I guess hitting is contagious."

Ryan Kohlmeier allowed Randy Winn's leadoff pinch-hit homer in the ninth before getting three outs for his second save.

Rusty Meacham (0-1) walked Delino DeShields and David Segui to lead off the fifth. DeShields went to third on Chris Richard's fly to right, and scored when first baseman Fred McGriff bobbled Greg Myers' grounder. Melvin Mora doubled home Segui to make it 6-4.

Russ Johnson and Aubrey Huff also homered for Tampa Bay, which had its two-game winning streak snapped.

Myers had two RBIs for Baltimore.

McElroy's stint was his shortest in four career starts following 603 relief appearances. He gave up four runs on five hits and walked two.

Tampa Bay took a 2-0 lead in the first when Gerald Williams walked and Johnson hit his second homer of the season, a two-run shot to left field.

Huff followed a leadoff single by Jose Guillen in the fourth with his first home run for a 4-0 lead.

But Tampa Bay couldn't hold the lead, much to manager Larry Rothschild's dismay.

"When you get a four-run lead, the pitcher has got to get you five or six good innings and get you in control," Rothschild said. "He tried to do too much, forced pitches and couldn't get out of the hole."

The Orioles tied it with a four-run fourth, the first time in 29 innings they scored more than one run.

With one out, Segui walked and moved to third on Richard's single. Myers and Cal Ripken then hit RBI singles, cutting the lead to 4-2.

Mora singled to load the bases and starter Paul Wilson hit Jerry Hairston with a pitch to force in a run. Meacham came in to relieve Wilson, but Brady Anderson's groundout scored Ripken with the tying run.

"I failed my teammates," said Wilson, who allowed four runs on six hits in 3 1-3 innings. "They did what they were supposed to do. They put runs on the board and played defense. And I didn't pitch."

Game notes
Johnson has hits in all five of his starts. ... DeShields singled in the first to end an 0-for-15 slump. ... McElroy was the first left-handed starter Tampa Bay faced this season.

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