The Orioles couldn't hold on to several leads, and even after tying the game in the ninth fell to the Tampa Bay Rays 10-9.
The Birds took an early 2-0 lead in the first after Jay Payton homered, and after the Rays rallied to take the lead, the O's went ahead 5-3 in the third courtesy of Aubrey Huff's 3-run shot (Huff's 30th home run of the season).
Chris Waters wasn't sharp, and settled for the no-decision. Waters was charged with five runs on eight hits in 4 and 1/3 innings...he walked four (all in the first inning). The bullpen was ineffective yet again, and the pitching staff walked nine batters in all (compared to one walk from the Rays staff).
Nick Markakis went 4-for-5, and his solo home run in the ninth tied the game at nine...all the magic has been sucked out of this team, though, and the Rays stormed back in the bottom of the ninth for the win.
The Birds are now nine games under .500 and have the daunting task of not only trying to avoid a sweep on a Sunday, but then traveling to Boston to take on the Red Sox...good luck...