When Pat Burrell followed a first-inning, three-run homer with an RBI single in the third, Tampa had an early 5-0 lead on the Orioles.
Jason Berken appeared headed for his 12th loss. But, as Berken settled down, the O’s bats, especially that of Matt Wieters, came alive and the Birds rallied to beat Tampa 10-5 Tuesday. Each team has one win in this four-game series.
After scoring twice in the 3rd and once in the 4th, the O’s scored three in the 5th to take the lead.
Luke Scott’s RBI groundout brought the O’s to within 5-4 and Wieters’ two-run single gave the Orioles a 6-5 lead.
Scott’s solo homer in the 7th made it 7-5. It was his 22nd homer of the year.
Wieters put a cap on the night with a three-run homer in the bottom of the 8th. The rookie finished 3 for 4 on the night with a season-high 5 RBI.
Despite allowing five runs and seven hits over 6 1/3, Berken, 5-11, got the win. The right-hander gave up just three hits after the first inning. Berken is 3-0, 4.23 over his last five starts.
Losing pitcher Jeff Niemann, 12-6, gave up a season high 11 hits and six runs, that tied his season high.
Brian Roberts had three hits and his RBI double in the 3rd was his 52nd double of the year, a new O’s single-season record, topping his 51 doubles from last year.