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Longoria's two-run double in fifth helps Rays rally past O's

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Starting the season with even a modest two straight wins used to almost never happen for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Of course, they've only recently developed players as good as Evan Longoria.

He homered and drove in three runs, Matt Garza allowed two runs over eight innings and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 on Wednesday night.

Big homers by the Rays third baseman have keyed both victories, and made the Rays 2-0 for the second time in franchise history.

"I feel really good at the plate," Longoria said. "Who knows how this year is going to turn out or how the beginning of the season is going to continue on for me? But as of right now, I'm off to a pretty good start, and that comfort level and confidence is there."

Longoria hit a two-out, two-run double in the fifth to give the Rays a 3-2 lead and added a solo homer in the eighth.

"He's a great player," Baltimore manager Dave Trembley said. "His impact is obvious."

Garza (1-0) struck out nine, walked two and allowing four hits. He improved to 19-9 against AL East teams.

"Tough first inning," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "He settled in and got better as the game went on. He's definitely focused and motivated right now."

Baltimore's Jeremy Guthrie (0-1) gave up three runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings. The right-hander had six strikeouts and two walks.

"Confident with the pitches I had and for the most part the location was pretty good," Guthrie said. "Much better than any start I had last year with the slider, so that's a real positive."

Guthrie has lost his last four starts at Tropicana Field.

One day after a season-opening sellout of 36,973, the announced crowd Wednesday night was 15,220.

The Rays opened the season with two wins for the first time since 2002, the only other time they did it. That year they finished with more than 100 losses.

This season, the goals are a bit higher for a young and much more talented team.

"I think as a group we really have taken a lot of momentum from spring training into the season." Longoria said. "It's all really come together for us early. Hopefully we can continue it."

Tampa Bay had a 20-8-2 record in spring training, which was the major's best mark.

Rafael Soriano got his first save with the Rays despite allowing a run-scoring double by Garrett Atkins in the ninth.

Miguel Tejada had an RBI single during a two-run first.

"We came up a little short," Trembley said. "We didn't win the game. It wasn't because we did anything wrong. The other team won."

Tampa Bay made it 2-1 in the fourth on a run-scoring single by B.J. Upton. The Rays later in the inning loaded the bases with two outs, but the threat ended when Kelly Shoppach struck out.

Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts went 0 for 5 and is hitless in 10 at-bats. He was limited to six games during spring training because of a slightly herniated disc in his back.

Notes

  • Trembley said RHP Jim Johnson was not available due to arm tightness.
  • The Rays are 111-53 at home since the start of the 2008 season.
  • Baltimore LF Felix Pie was out of the lineup due to a left rotator cuff strain and was replaced by Nolan Reimold, who is coming back from left Achilles' tendon surgery last September. "I felt all right out there," Reimold said.
  • Pie pinch run in the ninth.
  • Orioles INF Robert Andino cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk.
 
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Matt Garza struggles early but finishes with nine K's while yielding only four hits through eight innings.  (AP)
Matt Garza struggles early but finishes with nine K's while yielding only four hits through eight innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

E. Longoria
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Tampa Bay

M. Garza
IP 8.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 2
K 9
 
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B5000013 .000
Adam Jones, CF4110020 .444
Nick Markakis, RF3100110 .167
Miguel Tejada, 3B3011000 .125
Luke Scott, DH4000033 .143
Matt Wieters, C4120000 .500
Nolan Reimold, LF4010014 .250
Garrett Atkins, 1B4011012 .250
    Felix Pie, PR0000000 .250
Cesar Izturis, SS2000100 .333
   a- Ty Wigginton, PH1000001 .000
Totals3436229  
a-grounded out for Izturis in the 9th
Batting
2B - Garrett Atkins (2, Soriano)
RBI - Miguel Tejada (1), Garrett Atkins (1)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Tejada-Atkins, Wieters-B. Roberts
Baltimore Orioles
Jeremy Guthrie (L,0-1) 6.1833260 4.26
Will Ohman 1000010 0.00
Cla Meredith 0.2211011 13.50
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Guthrie 95-59, Will Ohman 7-4, Cla Meredith 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Guthrie 6-6, Cla Meredith 1-0
Batters Faced - Jeremy Guthrie 28, Will Ohman 2, Cla Meredith 4
Tampa Bay Rays
Jason Bartlett, SS4110001 .375
Carl Crawford, LF4110021 .250
Ben Zobrist, RF4010002 .375
Evan Longoria, 3B4123001 .375
Carlos Pena, 1B4020013 .375
B.J. Upton, CF3011111 .286
Pat Burrell, DH3000112 .143
Kelly Shoppach, C3000033 .250
Reid Brignac, 2B3120000 .667
Totals32410428  
Batting
2B - Evan Longoria (1, Guthrie), Carlos Pena (1, Guthrie)
HR - Evan Longoria (2, Meredith)
RBI - Evan Longoria 3 (4), B.J. Upton (1)
2-OUT RBI - Evan Longoria 2 (2), B.J. Upton (1)
CS - Reid Brignac (1, 2nd base by Ohman/Wieters)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
PB - Kelly Shoppach (1)
E - Carlos Pena (1, Missed catch of throw)
Tampa Bay Rays
Matt Garza (W,1-0) 8421290 1.13
Rafael Soriano (S,1) 1211000 4.50
HBP - Tejada (by Matt Garza)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Garza 114-74, Rafael Soriano 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Garza 7-9, Rafael Soriano 1-2
Batters Faced - Matt Garza 32, Rafael Soriano 5
Game Information
Attendance - 15220
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Kerwin Danley, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Dana DeMuth