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Baltimore at Tampa Bay

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Baltimore (48-71)0020000204120
Tampa Bay (64-54) «01020200x5120

Rays 5, Orioles 4

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- It must be the hair.

On a night Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon arrived at the ballpark with his silver hair dyed black, Gabe Gross hit a two-run homer, and Pat Burrell and B.J. Upton added solo shots to lead the Rays past the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 on Tuesday.

Maddon's color change was in preparation for next week's Johnny Cash-theme road trip, and was an attempt to keep his team loose. The Rays started Tuesday four games behind AL wild-card leader Texas.

"I felt we were way too uptight around here," Maddon said. "More than anything, we have not been really relishing in victory and I think we've been like too painful in defeat. We've just got to go out there and play. Understand it's a game. We got to the World Series last year by being kind of free-spirited about the whole thing. The black hair is symbolic of all those different items."

Gross gave Tampa Bay a 3-2 lead with his fourth-inning drive. Burrell and Upton homered in the sixth to make it 5-2.

Gross homered for the first time since July 22, and has two homers in his last 33 games. Upton's last homer came on June 30, and the center fielder has eight RBIs over his past 38 games.

The up-and-down Rays have won three straight after a five-game losing streak.

"I think we should just forget everything that's happened up to this point," Upton said. "Hopefully that means we can get going down the stretch."

Baltimore got a two-run homer from Matt Wieters. The Orioles are 8-23 since the All-Star break and dropped to a season-high 23 games under .500 (48-71).

Rays left-hander David Price (6-5) threw 102 pitches in five innings, allowing two runs and seven hits. J.P. Howell, who agreed with Maddon's assessment, pitched the ninth for his 13th save.

"It gets dry," Howell said. "We're grinding it out, but sometimes you need a little boost. I think we're all in."

Baltimore starter Jason Berken (2-11) gave up five runs and 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings.

"The ball started fading over the plate and against good power hitters high balls are no good," Berken said.

The Orioles took a 2-1 lead in the third on run-scoring singles by Adam Jones and Nolan Reimold. Wieters' fourth homer of the season, and first since July 5, pulled Baltimore within 5-4 in the eighth.

Wieters struck out with runners on first and second and two outs in the ninth.

"We left too many guys on base and didn't get the big hit when needed," Baltimore manager Dave Trembley said.

The Orioles left 13 on base, and went 2 for 12 with runners in scoring position.

Upton put the Rays ahead 1-0 with an infield RBI single in the second.

Baltimore's Nick Markakis reached base for the 38th consecutive game, the longest active streak in the majors, when he singled in the second. It gave him an 11-game hitting streak.

Notes

Tampa Bay 2B Akinori Iwamura (left knee surgery) left in the third inning of a minor league rehab game with Triple-A Durhman with muscle fatigue. The Rays expect Iwamura to play Thursday. ... The Rays and Major League Baseball celebrated the 40th anniversary of Woodstock by showing music legend Jimi Hendrix's performance of the national anthem on the stadium video screen. ... Jones snapped an 0-for-12 slide with his third-inning hit. ... Tampa Bay RHP Chad Bradford (lower back tightness) threw a 20-pitch simulated game and was reinstated from the DL after the game. INF Reid Brignac was optioned to Durham. ... Rays SS Jason Bartlett was rested, while Burrell returned after missing two games with neck stiffness. ... Baltimore closer Jim Johnson returned home for the birth of his child.
 
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Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

B. Upton
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Baltimore

M. Wieters
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B3110210 .289
Cesar Izturis, SS4000003 .268
   a- Michael Aubrey, PH10100001.000
    Robert Andino, PR-SS0000000 .228
Adam Jones, CF5121011 .288
Nick Markakis, RF4030100 .309
Nolan Reimold, LF5021022 .273
Melvin Mora, 3B5000037 .260
Luke Scott, DH3110212 .270
    Felix Pie, PR-DH0000000 .243
Matt Wieters, C5112034 .264
Ty Wigginton, 1B4010000 .260
Totals394124511  
a-singled for Izturis in the 8th
Batting
2B - Adam Jones (22, Price), Nolan Reimold (14, Springer)
HR - Matt Wieters (4, Choate)
RBI - Adam Jones (69), Nolan Reimold (33), Matt Wieters 2 (20)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Jones (22), Nolan Reimold (8)
SB - Brian Roberts (25, 2nd base off Cormier/Zaun), Nick Markakis (4, 2nd base off Price/Zaun)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Izturis-B. Roberts-Wigginton, Wieters-B. Roberts
Baltimore Orioles
Jason Berken (L,2-11) 5.21155033 6.72
Mark Hendrickson 0.1100100 4.66
Kam Mickolio 2000140 0.00
IBB - Pena by Kam Mickolio
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Berken 85-57, Mark Hendrickson 12-7, Kam Mickolio 34-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Berken 2-10
Batters Faced - Jason Berken 26, Mark Hendrickson 3, Kam Mickolio 7
Tampa Bay Rays
Ben Zobrist, 2B3010101 .286
Carl Crawford, LF4030001 .323
Evan Longoria, 3B4000024 .276
Carlos Pena, 1B3000101 .211
Pat Burrell, DH4221023 .224
Gregg Zaun, C4110004 .255
Gabe Gross, RF4122010 .265
B.J. Upton, CF4132000 .240
Reid Brignac, SS4000023 .254
Totals34512527  
Batting
2B - Carl Crawford (25, Hendrickson), Gregg Zaun (13, Berken)
3B - B.J. Upton (3, Berken)
HR - Pat Burrell (11, Berken), Gabe Gross (6, Berken), B.J. Upton (8, Berken)
RBI - Pat Burrell (44), Gabe Gross 2 (32), B.J. Upton 2 (39)
2-OUT RBI - B.J. Upton 2 (17)
CS - Carl Crawford (11, 2nd base by Berken/Wieters)
Team LOB - 7
Tampa Bay Rays
David Price (W,6-5) 5722350 5.03
Lance Cormier (H,3) 1000110 2.70
Russ Springer (H,9) 1100000 3.97
Randy Choate0222001 4.64
Grant Balfour (H,13) 1100020 4.42
J.P. Howell (S,13) 1100130 2.22
Pitches-Strikes - David Price 102-59, Lance Cormier 19-11, Russ Springer 18-13, Randy Choate 11-8, Grant Balfour 18-13, J.P. Howell 18-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Price 8-2, Lance Cormier 2-0, Grant Balfour 1-0
Batters Faced - David Price 25, Lance Cormier 4, Russ Springer 4, Randy Choate 2, Grant Balfour 4, J.P. Howell 5
Game Information
Attendance - 16514
Game Time - 3:10
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - Rob Drake