Tampa Bay Devil Rays Team Report - July 17
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(Sports Network) - John Halama threw eight shutout innings and Rocco Baldelli drove in a run and scored once to lead the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to a 2-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field yesterday afternoon. Halama (5-3), who had been winless in his previous three starts, scattered just three hits and allowed only one runner to reach second base. The lefthander struck out three and did not walk a batter. Halama retired 20 of the last 21 batters he faced after surrendering back-to- back singles to Rafael Palmeiro and David Newhan in the second inning. Baldelli ended 3-for-4 and Aubrey Huff contributed an RBI for the Devil Rays, who snapped a five-game skid and evened the four-game series at a win apiece. Tampa Bay's Carl Crawford hit his 12th triple of the season, increasing the single-season franchise record. Dewon Brazelton is set to make his eighth start of the season and 19th of his brief career tonight. Brazelton has dropped his first two starts this month after going a perfect 2-0 in June. In his most recent outing, Brazelton allowed four earned runs and walked five batters in 6-3 loss to the New York Yankees. He would last 6 1/3 innings, marking the fourth time this season that the young righthander has gone more than six innings in a start. Brazelton's only appearance against the Orioles came back on July 5th, when he was saddled with a loss after allowing four earned runs over 6 2/3 innings. While he has walked 20 batters this season and struck out just 21, Brazelton surrendered zero walks in that loss to Baltimore and was able to post five strike outs. Catcher Brook Fordyce finished the game 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts and is now hitless in his last 15 at-bats. These teams have split their eight matchups this season, but Tampa holds a 18-13 edge since the start of last season. The Devil Rays have also won 10 of their last 14 at home against the O's. Tampa is 24-19 at Tropicana Field, while Baltimore has posted an 18-23 road mark this season.