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Tampa Bay 10, Baltimore 7

  |   April 9, 2003 at 11:37 PM
ST, PETERSBURG, Fla., April 9 (UPI) -- Rocco Baldelli snapped a tie in the seventh inning with an RBI triple and Carl Crawford added a pair of hits as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays rallied yet again for a 10-7 victory over the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday night.

Tampa Bay has one of the youngest teams in the game, including Baldelli, a rookie, and Crawford, who saw some time in the second half of last season. Both players have hit safely in all nine games for the Devil Rays.

With the game tied, 7-7, Rey Ordonez opened the seventh inning with an infield hit off Baltimore reliever Willis Roberts (0-1).

After Crawford grounded out, Baldelli came through with a triple into the left-center field gap. After B.J. Ryan relieved, Aubrey Huff added an RBI single for a 9-7 advantage. Crawford stroked an RBI single in the eighth inning for the game's final run.

Tampa Bay, which rallied from a 4-0 deficit, got stellar work

from its bullpen.

Alan Levine (1-0) tossed 2 2/3 hitless innings, Travis Harper

surrendered a single in a scoreless eighth inning and Lance

Carter worked a perfect ninth for his first save.

Baltimore's Tony Batista homered twice for his 10th career

multi-homer game.

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