Rays erase five-run deficit in last two innings

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Devil Rays put together an unlikely comeback.

Jason Tyner hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning
and the Devil Rays overcame a late five-run deficit to beat the
Baltimore Orioles 11-10 Wednesday night.

"An amazing comeback," Tampa Bay manager Hal McRae said. "Just unbelievable the way the guys hung in there and fought. You don't envision coming back from a deficit like that."

Jared Sandberg singled with two outs off Willis Roberts (7-9) and went to third on Chris Gomez's single. Tyner then greeted B.J.
Ryan with his fourth hit -- all in the last four innings.

"The last one was the beauty," McRae said. "Numerous guys got clutch hits."

Down 10-5, the Devil Rays tied it in the eighth. Brent Abernathy, who had three RBI, made it 10-all with a two-run double.

Randy Winn started the comeback with an RBI grounder.
Pinch-hitter Russ Johnson had a run-scoring double and Sandberg hit
an RBI single to make it 10-8.

Tampa Bay is 2-69 when trailing after seven innings.

"Nobody wanted to make an out," Tyner said. "Everybody went up there and did their job and then the next guy would do the same. We didn't quit."

Esteban Yan (4-5) struck out the side in ninth for Tampa Bay, which tied a franchise-record set July 22-31, 1998, with its sixth straight home win.

Brady Anderson, Melvin Mora and Jeff Conine each knocked in three runs for Baltimore.

"It's frustrating when you have a five-run lead and you lose,"
Orioles pitcher John Wasdin said.

Anderson had a two-run triple during a three-run fifth and Mora
hit a two-run single in a four-run sixth. Conine added a three-run
homer in the eighth.

"We scored 10 runs," Orioles manager Mike Hargrove said. "That's usually good enough to win, but the Devil Rays are hot right now and everything they swung at from the sixth or seventh inning on found a hole. You've got to give them credit for that."

The Devil Rays were 2-for-17 through five innings, then went 18-for-28 over the final four.

Cal Ripken, who is continuing his farewell tour, started at third base for the second straight game. He went 0-for-5 and was held without a hit for just sixth time in 50 games.

Hargrove said Ripken will play third again Thursday night when
the Baltimore star plays his final game in the state of Florida.

Baltimore starter Sidney Ponson allowed five runs and nine hits in six-plus innings. He is winless in his past nine starts.

Tampa Bay starter Ryan Rupe gave up five runs and nine hits in 5
1/3 innings. The right-hander failed to go six innings for the 13th
time in 21 starts.

Abernathy put the Tampa Bay ahead 1-0 with an RBI single in the
third inning.

Mora had a sacrifice fly in the three-run fifth. Tony Batista
had an RBI single, Anderson walked with the bases loaded and Mora
hit a two-run single as the Orioles went up 7-1 in the sixth.

"I don't think there was a thought of a dramatic comeback," McRae said. "I thought we were dead in the water."

Tampa Bay loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth, but scored
just once. Greg Vaughn had an RBI infield single -- the fourth
straight hit in the inning -- before Ben Grieve hit into 1-2-3 double play. Ponson ended the threat when he got Toby Hall to pop out.

Aubrey Huff hit a two-run homer -- just his second homer in 153 at-bats -- and Tyner had a run-scoring triple in the seventh to make
it 7-5.

Conine gave the Orioles a 10-5 advantage with his 13th homer of
the season in the eighth.

"A loss is a loss and they are very hard to take," Conine said. "They are all bad. When you're up 7-1 and lose 11-10, it's no good."

Game notes
The announced attendance was just 12,113. ... Ripken signed
autographs and posed for pictures near the Orioles dugout for
approximately 40 minutes before the game. ... Ripken has not
homered in the series. He has deep gone in the previous five
farewell city stops since the All-Star break. ... Tyner made a
tumbling catch on the bullpen mound in left to retire Chris Richard
in the fourth inning. ... The Devil Rays are 1-21 when allowing 10
or more runs.