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Tampa Bay (93-62) «0000211105130
Baltimore (67-88)020000000282

Rays drop O's in first game of doubleheader

CBSSports.com wire reports
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BALTIMORE -- The Tampa Bay Rays keep on reaching milestones, and their latest victory brought them closer to perhaps the most significant accomplishment of a magical regular season.

James Shields pitched seven effective innings to earn his 14th win, and the Rays reduced their magic number to win the AL East to three by beating the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 Tuesday night in the first game of a doubleheader.

Any combination of Tampa Bay wins and Boston losses totaling three will give the Rays their first division title. The Red Sox hosted Cleveland later Tuesday night.

"We can taste it," Shields said.

The victory extended Tampa Bay's lead over Boston to three games and enabled the Rays to match the 1991 Atlanta Braves for most wins (94) by a team that owned the worst record in the majors one year earlier.

Beating out Boston is within the Rays' grasp, but manager Joe Maddon is holding out hope that Tampa Bay can edge out the Los Angeles Angels for best record in the AL.

"They have 97. We have 94. I want them to keep that goal in mind, also," he said. "Getting home-field advantage throughout would be very, very special."

Shields (14-8) tied the club record for wins, set in 1998 by Rolando Arrojo. The right-hander gave up eight hits, struck out eight and walked one in his career-high 32nd start of the season.

"I worked hard," Shields said. "From here on out, that's my goal - to work hard to get those types of wins."

Dan Wheeler worked the ninth for his 13th save, the second in two games. Tampa Bay's regular closer, Troy Percival, was back in Tampa Bay getting epidural shots on his back.

Rookie Fernando Perez went 3-for-3 with two RBI, and Jason Bartlett also had three hits for the Rays, who are 13-3 against the Orioles after beating them 10 straight times.

Lou Montanez hit a two-run homer for the Orioles, who have lost seven in a row and 26 of 32. Garrett Olson (9-10) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings but lost his third straight start.

"He didn't pitch good enough to win," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said.

After Montanez gave Baltimore a 2-0 lead in the second inning, the Rays pulled even in the fifth. Dioner Navarro hit a leadoff double and Bartlett singled before Olson threw wildly to first on a pickoff move, allowing Navarro to score. Perez followed with an RBI double.

"I think that was definitely a big turning point in the game," Olson said of his errant toss. "I felt like after that happened, lose that lead, pretty soon it's a tie ballgame."

Tampa Bay took the lead in the sixth when Navarro singled and scored on a double by Bartlett, and Carlos Pena got his 101st RBI with a two-out single off Lance Cormier in the seventh.

In the eighth, Perez got credit for an RBI single when his attempted squeeze bunt popped out of the glove of pitcher Alberto Castillo, who attempted to make a diving grab.

Notes

  • Baltimore's Omir Santos got his first major league hit, but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double.
  • In the second game, the Rays were seeking the first doubleheader sweep in franchise history.
 
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James Shields works seven strong innings, allowing two earned runs while striking out eight Orioles.  (AP)
James Shields works seven strong innings, allowing two earned runs while striking out eight Orioles. (AP)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

L. Montanez
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Tampa Bay

J. Shields
IP 7.0
H 8
ER 2
BB 1
K 8
 
Tampa Bay Rays
Akinori Iwamura, 2B5000035 .274
B.J. Upton, CF4000123 .273
Carlos Pena, 1B4011112 .247
Evan Longoria, 3B5020001 .277
Rocco Baldelli, DH5010013 .257
    Jonny Gomes, PR-DH0000000 .174
Dioner Navarro, C5220001 .291
Ben Zobrist, LF3110111 .229
Jason Bartlett, SS4131000 .287
Fernando Perez, RF3132000 .275
Totals38513438  
Batting
2B - Evan Longoria (31, Cormier), Dioner Navarro (26, Olson), Jason Bartlett (25, Olson), Fernando Perez (2, Olson)
SH - Fernando Perez (3)
RBI - Carlos Pena (101), Jason Bartlett (35), Fernando Perez 2 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Pena (33), Jason Bartlett (17)
SB - Fernando Perez (3, 3rd base off Olson/Santos)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Ben Zobrist 1
DP - Pena-Bartlett-Shields
Tampa Bay Rays
James Shields (W,14-8) 7822181 3.57
Grant Balfour (H,14) 1000120 1.42
Dan Wheeler (S,13) 1000000 3.17
WP - James Shields (6)
Pitches-Strikes - James Shields 102-69, Grant Balfour 16-10, Dan Wheeler 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James Shields 9-3, Grant Balfour 1-0
Batters Faced - James Shields 29, Grant Balfour 4, Dan Wheeler 3
Baltimore Orioles
Brandon Fahey, 2B3010001 .232
   a- Brian Roberts, PH-2B1000001 .296
Nick Markakis, RF3010112 .300
Adam Jones, CF4020022 .272
Aubrey Huff, 3B4000023 .306
Oscar Salazar, 1B3000112 .273
Luke Scott, DH4100031 .260
Luis Montanez, LF4112000 .303
Alex Cintron, SS4020000 .281
Omir Santos, C2010001 .143
   b- Jay Payton, PH1000011 .248
    Guillermo Quiroz, C0000000 .178
   c- Ramon Hernandez, PH1000000 .257
Totals34282210  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Fahey in the 7th
b-struck out for Santos in the 7th
c-fouled out for Quiroz in the 9th
Batting
2B - Brandon Fahey (8, Shields), Adam Jones (21, Shields)
HR - Luis Montanez (3, Shields)
RBI - Luis Montanez 2 (14)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Luis Montanez 1
DP - Cintron-Fahey-Salazar
E - Alex Cintron (7, Throwing), Garrett Olson (4, Throwing)
Baltimore Orioles
Garrett Olson (L,9-10) 6633340 6.65
Lance Cormier 1311010 4.04
Alberto Castillo 2411030 3.86
Pitches-Strikes - Garrett Olson 94-59, Lance Cormier 22-13, Alberto Castillo 28-24
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Garrett Olson 10-3, Lance Cormier 1-1, Alberto Castillo 2-1
Batters Faced - Garrett Olson 26, Lance Cormier 6, Alberto Castillo 10
Game Information
Attendance - 0
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom