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BALTIMORE -- Wade Davis had just thrown a four-hit shutout to earn his first major league win, and getting the game ball wasn't nearly enough to mark the occasion.
During the postgame television interview, the rookie received a shaving-cream pie to the face from Tampa Bay teammates Matt Garza and Evan Longoria. That was followed by a beer shower in the clubhouse.
With Davis leading the way, the Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-0 on Thursday night to salvage a split of the four-game series.
Making his third big league start, Davis (1-1) struck out 10 and walked two in his first complete game. The right-hander worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the first, then permitted only one runner past first base over the final eight innings.
Davis capped his outstanding performance by striking out the side in the ninth. He threw 124 pitches.
Then came the antics. It was only the second win in 15 games for the Rays, who desperately needed a reason to smile.
"The shaving cream didn't taste very good," Davis said. "But it's fun. It's supposed to be."
The 24-year-old was coming off a horrid outing in Boston in which he yielded eight runs in 2 2/3 innings. His effort against the Orioles lowered his ERA from 8.38 to 4.34.
"I didn't get to watch too much film and maybe I should have," said Baltimore's Nick Markakis, who went 0 for 4. "I don't know. You've got to tip your hat. He threw a great game."
Davis outdid seven Baltimore pitchers, led by Mark Hendrickson (5-5), who yielded two runs and five hits over 3 1/3 innings in his first start since May 12. The left-hander was removed from the rotation after going 1-4, then made 42 relief appearances before returning as a starter in place of rookie Brian Matusz, who has been shut down for the remainder of the season.
Hendrickson is 1-5 as a starter and 4-0 out of the bullpen.
Michael Aubrey had two hits for the Orioles, who failed for the 10th time this season to win a four-game series. They're 0-5-5.
Baltimore wasted an opportunity to grab an early lead. After a walk, a double and another walk loaded the bases with no outs in the first inning, Markakis hit into a forceout at the plate, Melvin Mora struck out and Luke Scott hit a routine fly to right.
"The first inning, you couldn't have scripted it any better, the way we started the game," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said. "But then when you get nothing out of it, boy, he's got to take a deep breath and go, 'OK, here we go. Lady Luck's on my side tonight.' "
As the game wore on, the only suspense was whether Davis would go the distance.
"I was just trying to get to the sixth, just battle it out," he said. "When I had the real quick inning in the seventh and eighth, I figured I could go out there and do it again."
Manager Joe Maddon was happy to let him try.
"I am a firm believer that a young guy like that, if he has a chance to throw a complete game and a shutout, it can really catapult him," Maddon said.
Tampa Bay went up 1-0 in the third. With two outs, Jason Bartlett hit a sinking liner to left that bounced to the wall after Nolan Reimold's ill-advised bid to make a sliding catch. Bartlett was credited with a triple, and Carl Crawford followed with an RBI single.
Longoria's third hit of the game, an RBI single in the ninth, made it 3-0.
|Joe Maddon congratulates Wade Davis, who fires a four-hit shutout for his first major league win. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Jason Bartlett, SS||4||2||1||0||1||0||0||.326|
|Carl Crawford, LF||4||0||2||1||1||0||1||.303|
|Evan Longoria, 3B||4||0||3||1||1||0||1||.280|
|Ben Zobrist, 2B||3||1||1||0||2||0||2||.283|
|Pat Burrell, DH||4||0||1||0||0||0||6||.228|
|Willy Aybar, 1B||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.248|
|Chris Richard, 1B||2||0||0||0||0||2||2||.154|
|Gabe Kapler, RF||1||0||0||1||0||0||1||.231|
|a- Gabe Gross, PH-RF||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.240|
|Dioner Navarro, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.226|
|Fernando Perez, CF||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.130|
|b- B.J. Upton, PH-CF||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.232|
|a-grounded out for Kapler in the 6th|
|b-grounded out for Perez in the 7th|
|2B - Evan Longoria (44, Hendrickson), Ben Zobrist (22, Hendrickson)|
|3B - Jason Bartlett (7, Hendrickson)|
|SH - Gabe Kapler (1)|
|RBI - Carl Crawford (63), Evan Longoria (104), Gabe Kapler (28)|
|2-OUT RBI - Carl Crawford (19)|
|SB - Jason Bartlett (25, 2nd base off Ray/Wieters), Carl Crawford (58, 2nd base off Sarfate/Wieters)|
|Team LOB - 12|
|Outfield Assists - Gabe Kapler 1|
|DP - Bartlett-Zobrist-Aybar|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Wade Davis (W,1-1)||9||4||0||0||2||10||0||4.34|
|Pitches-Strikes - Wade Davis 124-80|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade Davis 10-5|
|Batters Faced - Wade Davis 31|
|Brian Roberts, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.287|
|Felix Pie, CF||4||0||1||0||0||2||0||.259|
|Nolan Reimold, LF||3||0||1||0||1||1||0||.279|
|Nick Markakis, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.297|
|Melvin Mora, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||2||3||.264|
|Luke Scott, DH||3||0||0||0||0||1||3||.256|
|Matt Wieters, C||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.270|
|Michael Aubrey, 1B||3||0||2||0||0||0||0||.324|
|Robert Andino, SS||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.228|
|a- Jeff Fiorentino, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.286|
|Cesar Izturis, SS||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.253|
|a-struck out for Andino in the 8th|
|2B - Felix Pie (8, Davis), Michael Aubrey (3, Davis)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Andino-B. Roberts-Aubrey|
|Mark Hendrickson (L,5-5)||3.1||5||2||2||0||0||0||4.47|
|HBP - Burrell (by Mark Hendrickson)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Mark Hendrickson 57-34, Dennis Sarfate 32-14, Cla Meredith 12-11, Brian Bass 18-11, Sean Henn 31-17, Chris Ray 16-8, Alberto Castillo 12-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Hendrickson 3-6, Dennis Sarfate 2-1, Cla Meredith 3-1, Brian Bass 2-0, Chris Ray 1-0, Alberto Castillo 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Mark Hendrickson 15, Dennis Sarfate 7, Cla Meredith 4, Brian Bass 4, Sean Henn 5, Chris Ray 4, Alberto Castillo 3|
|Attendance - 12436|
|Game Time - 2:47|
|Temperature - 63|
|Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Mike DiMuro|