Tampa Bay Rays defeat Baltimore Orioles, 4-2

Error starts a rally: : With the game tied at 2 in the seventh, Gabe Gross hit a routine grounder to Brian Roberts, who bobbled it and couldn't make a throw.

Two batters later, Gross scored the go-ahead run on Jason Bartlett's double off Rocky Cherry. The Rays scored another run in the seventh when Cherry walked Carlos Pena with the bases loaded. Both runs were unearned.

A no-hit departure: : Orioles starter Brian Bass left in the fifth after facing 18 batters and allow...

On the surface, it looked like just another meaningless September game between the Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays. Camden Yards was three-quarters empty, and on a day the Orioles honored their minor league affiliates, the atmosphere was more suited for Bowie or Delmarva.

The difference is that the Rays, the longtime cellar dwellers in the American League East, are headed to the playoffs for the first time and moving closer to a division title, thanks to a wealth of young ta...