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Rays rally in ninth to defeat Orioles

The Tampa Bay Rays talked all spring about trying to recapture the magic of their World Series run two years ago, an improbable journey filled with late-inning rallies and memorable wins.

Kind of like last night, when Carl Crawford doubled in the bottom of the ninth inning to drive in two runs for a 4-3, season-opening victory over the Orioles.

"That was definitely like '08. We did that a lot," Crawford said. "It's good to get that feeling back. Hopefully, we can ride the wave and get something going."

Adam Jones, Luke Scott and Matt Wieters homered for the Orioles. Baltimore failed to put the game away because it went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position, and that hit didn't produce a run. Evan Longoria hit a 473-foot homer for the Rays.

Tampa Bay loaded the bases in the ninth against new Orioles closer Michael Gonzalez with a single, pinch-hit double and an intentional walk. Crawford lined a 1-and-0 pitch into rightfield, driving in the tying and winning runs before a sellout crowd of 36,973 at Tropicana Field.

Giants 3, Astros 0Barry Zito pitched three-hit ball for six innings and four Giants relievers finished the shutout in Houston. Waldis Joaquin, Dan Runzler, Sergio Romo and closer Brian Wilson gave up one hit in the last three innings.

Aubrey Huff had two hits and drove in a run in a game that was scoreless until the sixth. In Monday's 5-2 season-opening loss to the Giants, the Astros were shut out for eight innings.

Brewers 7, Rockies 5Randy Wolf's debut for the Brewers was a success, and Casey McGehee and Rickie Weeks homered for host Milwaukee. Wolf, who struck out eight in 62/3 innings, signed a three-year, $29.75-million contract in the offseason. Trevor Hoffman gave up a run in a rocky ninth for his 592nd save.

Colorado's Ian Stewart hit his second homer, doubled and tripled.

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