Tampa Bay Rays defeat Baltimore Orioles, 15-8

The Orioles wandered into the danger zone again last night, clutching a slim lead like an over-stuffed purse, the late innings their dark ally.

Teams usually try to win games at this juncture. The Orioles wanted to avoid another mugging.

The Tampa Bay Devil Rays snatched away their three-run lead in the eighth, sending 15 batters to the plate against relievers Jim Hoey, Brian Burres and Chad Bradford, scoring 11 times and extending the Orioles' losing streak to seven...

More bullpen blues

It's becoming a broken record. The Orioles take a lead or a tie into the late innings, only to watch it turn into a sizable deficit because of the bullpen's inability to get outs. Last night, a 6-3 advantage going into the top of the eighth turned into a 14-6 deficit. In the inning, 10 of the first 11 Devil Rays - and nine straight at one point - reached via a single or walk and every Devil Ray scored at least once. The Orioles have given up 53 runs a...