O’s Down Rays on Friday Night, Pictures

The Orioles defeated an AL East rival and yet another tough in customer in the Tampa Bay Rays, 5-4 last night at Camden Yards. George Sherrill earned the save despite a late inning home run to Tampa catcher Dioner Navarro, and pitcher Mark Hendrickson had an solid debut in black and the orange going 5 1/3 innings and yielding a run. Ageless Melvin Mora drove in three runs in the victory;

Baltimore jumped on Andy Sonnastine as he gave up all the runs the game on eight hits, but they came back into the game in the eighth inning as Jim Johnson gave up a two run home run to Evan Longoria — who had two on the night, the other coming off Hendrickson in the first.

Well, I will say this — Danys Baez is back and better than ever. Much like Wednesday, he was bringing it, and pitched 1 2/3 innings bringing the heat. I’ve had my say on Baez — based on his previous history — but he looks like a new man, and if he can pitch like this throughout the season, the bullpen for Baltimore will be something else…

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Baltimore Orioles — April 11th, 2009