Tampa Bay Rays defeat Baltimore Orioles, 6-2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The game was essentially lost when Orioles starter Brian Burres didn't survive the fifth inning, with the Tampa Bay Rays scoring six times off him after they entered the inning without a hit.

But the tone was set in the first inning, when the Orioles loaded the bases with one out against Jeff Niemann, a pitcher making his major league debut, and couldn't score. The Orioles stranded nine runners in the series finale with the Rays yesterday and wer...

BURRES GETS BURNED

When left-hander Brian Burres took the mound in the fifth inning, he hadn't given up a hit. When he walked off 30 pitches later, the inning still wasn't over and he had surrendered five hits and six earned runs. It was a quick collapse for Burres, whose problems started with a leadoff walk to rookie Evan Longoria. Justin Ruggiano and Mike DiFelice followed with singles, loading the bases with none out. Akinori Iwamura hit an RBI single and Carl Crawfo...