The Tampa Bay Rays know what it takes to win, and making five errors in a game is certainly not part of that formula.
And so, after the Rays bungled their way to a 5-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday night, manager Joe Maddon didn't have to dig deep to come up with an explanation for the defeat.
''There's a fine line between winning and losing,'' he said. ''Now we're doing the things that make us lose instead of doing the things that helped us win before.''
The Orioles were outhit 7-6 and struck out 12 times but scored three unearned runs to forge their second straight win in this series between the two top teams in the division. Baltimore leads second-place Tampa Bay by two games and on Sunday will seek to complete its first three-game home sweep of the Rays since July 2007.
Adam Jones had two hits and RBIs for the Orioles, and newcomer Bill Hall hit a solo homer in the eighth.
''I know we won the series now,'' Jones said, ''but we want the sweep.''
On Friday night,...