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Rays 14, Orioles 3

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays cleared another hurdle in the effort to distance themselves from their woeful past.

Ben Zobrist hit a grand slam, Cliff Floyd drove in five runs and the AL East-leading Rays guaranteed their first-ever winning season with a 14-3 rout of the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night.

"Going into spring training I knew we were better," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "We just didn't know how much better. Eighty-two wins is a big moment, and I want this to be the standard of what we do, to get that number on an annual basis.

"You've got to break through the barrier eventually. We've done it, now let's move on down the road."

Floyd had a two-run double, Zobrist hit his slam and Gabe Gross added a solo shot during a seven-run fourth that made it 10-0.

"It was contagious," Zobrist said.

Scott Kazmir (10-6) allowed three hits and three walks over 5 1/3 scoreless innings. The left-hander has won 10 games or more in four straight seasons. Tampa Bay joined the 1968 Oakland Athletics as the only teams to have five pitchers 26 years old or younger with 20 starts and 10 wins in the same season.

"It's been a great season and we're showing no signs of letting up," Kazmir said.

Tampa Bay (82-51) is 4½ games ahead of second-place Boston, which beat the Chicago White Sox 8-0. The Rays, an AL-best 50-19 at home, had never won more than 70 games in a season before this year.

"They're on a roll right now. They're playing very well at home," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said.

Carlos Pena and Floyd drew bases-load walks -- the last two of four consecutive two-out walks by Jeremy Guthrie -- to give the Rays a 3-0 lead in the second.

Floyd had put Tampa Bay ahead 1-0 on a first-inning RBI double, and added a sacrifice fly during a three-run sixth that extended the Rays advantage to 13-0. He had a homer and two RBI in the Rays' 3-2 win over Toronto on Thursday.

Guthrie (10-11) lost his third consecutive start, giving up seven runs, seven hits and six walks in three-plus innings. It was shortest start of his career.

"I didn't feel great physically," Guthrie said. "At the same time it doesn't mean I can't pitch well."

Tampa Bay also got a solo homer from Shawn Riggans in the eighth.

Juan Castro and Aubrey Huff had RBI doubles for Baltimore, which has lost eight of 10.

Orioles third baseman Melvin Mora left the game in the third with a strained left hamstring. He was hurt trying to beat out a ground ball with two and two out in the third.

Mora is hitting .393 with 12 homers and 49 RBI since the All-Star break. He's not expected to play in the final two games of the series Saturday and Sunday.

Baltimore catcher Ramon Hernandez was ejected by plate umpire Sam Holbrook in the fourth. After the Rays had gone up 10-0, Hernandez argued with Holbrook after a check-swing by Tampa Bay's Akinori Iwamura was called a ball.

Orioles reliever Fernando Cabrera, who allowed the homers to Zobrist and Gross, drew the ire of Trembley for flipping the ball into air when he left the mound.

Cabrera apologized after the game for his action.

"He was frustrated that he gave up the home runs," Trembley said. "I'll deal with it. When I say I'll deal with, it won't mean that I'll ignore it. I'll deal with, which means I'll do something about it."

Notes

  • Kazmir threw 102 pitches.
  • Orioles RHP Daniel Cabrera began serving his six-game suspension for throwing at the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez on July 29 after the ruling was upheld by Major League Baseball.
  • Rays 3B Evan Longoria (right wrist) made around 70 throws, but hasn't started hitting.
  • Tampa Bay C Dioner Navarro (hamstrings) could start Saturday after being out of the lineup three consecutive games.
  • The Rays released LHP Kurt Birkins, who was pitching for Triple-A Durham.
 
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Give it up high. Eric Hinske and Ben Zobrist can celebrate a winning season in Tampa Bay. (AP)
Give it up high. Eric Hinske and Ben Zobrist can celebrate a winning season in Tampa Bay. (AP)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

C. Floyd
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 5
Tampa Bay

B. Zobrist
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 4
 
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B4000122 .298
Nick Markakis, RF1000101 .303
   a- Luis Montanez, PH-RF3010011 .356
Melvin Mora, 3B2000003 .283
    Alex Cintron, 3B3110000 .274
Aubrey Huff, DH4121011 .308
Ramon Hernandez, C2010000 .254
    Guillermo Quiroz, C2000023 .191
Kevin Millar, 1B4000024 .244
Luke Scott, LF4011011 .273
Jay Payton, CF3110100 .257
Juan Castro, SS3011112 .198
Totals35383410  
a-singled for Markakis in the 6th
Batting
2B - Aubrey Huff (41, Salas), Jay Payton (10, Salas), Juan Castro (4, Salas)
RBI - Aubrey Huff (95), Luke Scott (55), Juan Castro (13)
2-OUT RBI - Luke Scott (20)
SB - Brian Roberts 2 (35, 2nd base off Kazmir/Riggans, 3rd base off Kazmir/Riggans)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Brian Roberts (6, Misplayed grounder)
Baltimore Orioles
Jeremy Guthrie (L,10-11) 3777620 3.57
Fernando Cabrera 2454312 5.00
Randor Bierd 2211010 3.72
Jamie Walker 1211001 5.79
IBB - Hinske by Fernando Cabrera
WP - Randor Bierd (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Guthrie 85-46, Fernando Cabrera 45-22, Randor Bierd 29-19, Jamie Walker 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Guthrie 3-4, Fernando Cabrera 5-1, Randor Bierd 3-2, Jamie Walker 1-2
Batters Faced - Jeremy Guthrie 22, Fernando Cabrera 14, Randor Bierd 8, Jamie Walker 5
Tampa Bay Rays
Akinori Iwamura, 2B3320201 .279
    Justin Ruggiano, LF1000000 .220
B.J. Upton, CF5331101 .270
Carlos Pena, 1B3112311 .245
Cliff Floyd, DH4135101 .269
Willy Aybar, 3B-2B5010018 .246
Eric Hinske, LF-3B4100114 .252
Ben Zobrist, SS5114012 .228
Gabe Gross, RF4231100 .241
Shawn Riggans, C5211002 .220
Totals3914151494  
Batting
2B - Cliff Floyd 2 (10, Guthrie, Guthrie), Willy Aybar (15, Cabrera)
3B - Akinori Iwamura (6, Guthrie)
HR - Ben Zobrist (7, Cabrera), Gabe Gross (11, Cabrera), Shawn Riggans (6, Walker)
SF - Cliff Floyd (4)
RBI - B.J. Upton (60), Carlos Pena 2 (81), Cliff Floyd 5 (32), Ben Zobrist 4 (16), Gabe Gross (33), Shawn Riggans (22)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Pena (21), Cliff Floyd (16)
SB - B.J. Upton (39, 3rd base off Guthrie/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 11
Tampa Bay Rays
Scott Kazmir (W,10-6) 5.1300360 3.13
Juan Salas 2433030 15.00
Jason Hammel 1.2100110 4.15
WP - Juan Salas (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Kazmir 102-69, Juan Salas 42-25, Jason Hammel 31-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Kazmir 5-5, Jason Hammel 2-2
Batters Faced - Scott Kazmir 22, Juan Salas 10, Jason Hammel 7
Game Information
Attendance - 21439
Game Time - 3:29
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Chad Fairchild