Baltimore Orioles defeat Tampa Bay Rays, 6-4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- By the end of the fourth inning yesterday at Tropicana Field, the Orioles had the Tampa Bay Devil Rays exactly where they wanted them.

Scott Kazmir, the Devil Rays' young ace, had already thrown 102 pitches and his afternoon was over.

That meant the game was in the hands of the Devil Rays' shaky bullpen, a proposition that the Orioles felt pretty good about.

The Orioles' game plan yesterday was to force Kazmir to throw a lot of pitches and get...

Bullpen flexes its muscle

The three-game series at Tropicana Field, which the Orioles captured with a 6-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays yesterday, provided a snapshot on why the Orioles spent about $42 million to upgrade their bullpen. The Orioles got only 13 innings out of their starters in the series, yet still took two out of three games. The reason: Their bullpen was far superior to Tampa Bay's. In the series, Orioles relievers pitched 13 innings, allowing s...