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Sonnanstine takes step back in Rays' loss


Sonnanstine takes step back in Rays' loss
Starter pulled before recording an out in third inning of 7-5 loss.

By TONY FABRIZIO

afabrizio@tampatrib.com

BALTIMORE - Whatever was wrong with right-hander Andy Sonnanstine in April still isn't fixed.

After two promising starts, including a stout no-decision last week at New York, Sonnanstine (1-4) reverted to earlier form with the shortest start of his career in a 7-5 loss to the Orioles on Tuesday night.

Handed a 5-1 lead after Tampa Bay pounded former Ray Mark Hendrickson for five runs in the second, Sonnanstine gave all the runs back in the bottom of the frame. He was pulled with none out in the third after allowing a double, a run-scoring single and another single.

Sonnanstine, a 13-game winner who went 4-1 against the American League East last year, was 0-3 with a 7.78 ERA before getting his first win May 1 against Boston. Tuesday, he allowed seven runs on nine hits, including a pair of home runs by Adam Jones.

"Most frustrating start I've ever had," Sonnanstine said softly. "I don't know, I felt good physically; I felt my pitches were good. It just wasn't my night."

Neither bullpen allowed a run after Hendrickson didn't return for the third and Sonnanstine was replaced.

The Rays' five-run second included a two-run double by Carl Crawford, who surpassed Aubrey Huff as Tampa Bay's all-time RBI leader with 451. Crawford set the mark on "Aubrey Huff T-Shirt Night," with fans wearing Huff's No. 17 all over Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

"Carl's at-bats are spectacular right now," Rays manager Joe Maddon said.

Maddon started Ben Zobrist at second to give Akinori Iwamura extra rest in the middle of a stretch of 40 games in 41 days, and Willy Aybar was the DH in place of Pat Burrell, who had a stiff neck.

Aybar had two hits and a run, but Zobrist went 0-for-4 and had a grounder skip off his glove in the Orioles' five-run second. Cesar Izturis was credited with a single on the play.

Orioles ? 7 Rays ? 5

Rays AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

B.Upton cf 4 1 0 0 1 0 .160

Crawford lf 5 1 2 2 0 0 .336

Longoria 3b 4 0 2 1 1 0 .362

C.Pena 1b 4 0 1 0 1 1 .252

W.Aybar dh 5 1 2 0 0 1 .268

Zobrist 2b 4 0 0 0 0 1 .254

Bartlett ss 4 1 2 0 0 0 .356

Kapler rf 2 0 1 1 0 0 .234

Gross ph-rf 1 0 0 0 0 0 .260

Navarro c 3 1 1 1 1 0 .186

Totals 36 5 11 5 4 3

Orioles AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

B.Roberts 2b 4 1 0 1 0 1 .281

Ad.Jones cf 4 2 2 4 0 0 .363

Markakis rf 4 0 1 0 0 0 .349

Huff 1b 4 1 1 0 0 1 .268

Mora 3b 4 1 2 1 0 1 .258

Montanez dh-lf 4 0 2 1 0 1 .243

Zaun c 3 1 1 0 1 0 .214

Pie lf 1 1 0 0 1 1 .180

Wigginton lf 2 0 1 0 0 0 .204

Sherrill p 0 0 0 0 0 0 ---

C.Izturis ss 4 0 1 0 0 0 .245

Totals 34 7 11 7 2 5

Rays 050 000 000 - 5 11 0

Orioles 151 000 00x - 7 11 1

E-Ad.Jones (2). LOB- Rays 9, Orioles 5. 2B-Crawford 2 (10), Longoria (16), Bartlett (7), Markakis (11), Huff (9), Montanez (4), Wigginton (3). HR-Ad.Jones 2 (8), off Sonnanstine 2. RBIs-Crawford 2 (17), Longoria (45), Kapler (1), Navarro (5), B.Roberts (13), Ad.Jones 4 (25), Mora (12), Montanez (6). SB-Bartlett (8). SF-Kapler. DP-Orioles 2 (Huff), (C.Izturis, Huff).

Rays IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA

Snnstn L, 1-4 2 9 7 7 1 1 69 7.27

Balfour 2 0 0 0 0 1 23 6.08

Howell 2 1 0 0 0 2 28 3.14

J.Nelson 1 1/3 1 0 0 1 1 28 4.20

Wheeler 2/3 0 0 0 0 0 5 6.75

Orioles IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA

Hendrickson 2 6 5 5 1 0 42 6.35

Bass W, 2-1 4 3 0 0 0 1 43 5.18

Baez H, 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 15 2.37

Ji.Johnson H, 5 1 1 0 0 1 1 22 3.52

Sherrill S, 6-8 1 0 0 0 1 1 26 3.68

Sonnanstine pitched to 3 batters in the 3rd.

T-3:01. A-17,122 (48,290).

Photo credit: Getty Images

Photo: The Orioles' Aubrey Huff slides under the tag of Rays catcher Dioner Navarro to score in the third inning Tuesday night.

Copyright ? 2009, The Tampa Tribune and may not be republished without permission. E-mail library@tampatrib.com


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Added: May 15, 2009

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