Baltimore Orioles defeat Tampa Bay Rays, 10-7

Offense explodes in third inning The Orioles hammered Edwin Jackson for five runs in the third.

Paul Bako got things going with a leadoff double. Brandon Fahey followed with a single, and Brian Roberts walked to load the bases. After Corey Patterson flied out , Nick Markakis hit a single, driving in two runs. Markakis took second when he saw nobody was covering the bag. Kevin Millar followed with a ground-rule double that scored two more. The team added one more run on ...

Players on a fourth-place team are careful not to puff out their chests after sweeping the club below them. They don't check the wild-card standings until reaching the .500 mark. But the Orioles will bask in every achievement, no matter how modest, and they'll imagine the possibilities that exist down the road.

It beats counting the days until their vacation begins.

With starting pitcher Steve Trachsel unable to continue the recent run of quality starts from the rota...