Baltimore Orioles defeat Tampa Bay Rays, 9-7

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. -- Orioles first baseman Aubrey Huff, who was in the Tampa Bay Devil Rays organization for about 8 1/2 years, arrived at Tropicana Field yesterday for the first time as a visiting player, fully expecting the treatment the sparse crowd gave him.

Huff was booed when his name was announced for the starting lineups and again before his first at-bat, when he popped out with two on in the first.

"I guess they booed me when I was playing here, so I'd im...

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. -- There was the starting pitcher who couldn't throw strikes, a defense that made three errors on one play and a first baseman whose return home was playing out more like a nightmare.

By the end of the fourth inning at Tropicana Field, the Orioles trailed by six runs and all the momentum they had built up in an abbreviated series sweep of the Kansas City Royals over the weekend appeared to be gone.

But with big swings by Freddie Bynum and Melvin ...

Comeback city

The Orioles faced deficits of 6-0 after the fourth inning and 7-1 after the fifth. The 9-7 victory was their biggest comeback since May 17, 2005, when they dug out of an 8-2 hole after two innings to beat Kansas City, 12-8. Last night, the Orioles cut their deficit to four on Freddie Bynum's two-run, sixth-inning homer and then to two on Melvin Mora's two-run seventh-inning homer. Jay Gibbons tied it with a two-run double later that inning and Bynum gave t...