Orioles 4, Devil Rays 3
Tampa Bay left fielder Damon Hollins thought his running catch ended a Baltimore threat. Instead, it resulted in a key run for the Orioles.
Hollins lost track of the outs in the seventh inning Saturday night and threw a live ball into the stands, helping the Orioles beat the Devil Rays, 4-3.
Hollins made a nice running catch, partially falling over the wall down the left field line, on Eric Byrnes's foul ball with one out and David Newhan on second. Newhan tagged up and advanced to third after the catch, then was awarded home to make it 4-2 after Hollins started running toward the dugout and threw the ball into the seats.
"I thought it was three outs . . . my mistake," Hollins said. "I threw it up and took four or five steps in and looked up and saw all the infielders were looking at me like I was a ghost. That's when I knew that I had did something wrong.
"It happens every now and again. You hope you're not the culprit behind it, but it was on me today and I have to take responsibility for it."
Hollins was charged with an error on the play.
"I just went to tag," Newhan said. "I usually go halfway. I saw him hung over the railing for a while and I had time to get to third. When I saw him running in I knew what happened."
The victory was Baltimore's third in the past 14 games.
"It was a heads-up play on David's part," Orioles interim manager Sam Perlozzo said. "When he headed to third, he knew exactly what was going on. It turned out to be the biggest play of the night."
Rodrigo Lopez (15-12) yielded two runs and six hits in 61/3 innings to snap a personal three-game losing streak. B.J. Ryan pitched the ninth for his 36th save in 41 opportunities.
Sal Fasano and Melvin Mora homered for the Orioles. Mora has homered in six of his last 10 games.
Mark Hendrickson (11-8) had his franchise record seven-game winning streak snapped despite pitching the Devil Rays' first complete game of the season.
Gil put the Orioles up, 1-0, with an RBI double in the third. Fasano made it 2-0 one inning later with his career-high 10th homer of the season.