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Tampa Bay at Baltimore

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Tampa Bay (6-3) «3032001009111
Baltimore (1-8)000100000161

Upton's two HRs, Pena's 3-run shot lead Rays in rout of O's

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BALTIMORE -- The Tampa Bay Rays have never been this good this early in the season -- not even when they went to the World Series in 2008.

And don't think for a moment they're taking their unprecedented success for granted.

B.J. Upton homered twice and drove in four runs, Carlos Pena hit a three-run shot and Tampa Bay ended a dreadful homestand for the Baltimore Orioles with a 9-1 victory Wednesday.

David Price (2-0) allowed one run and four hits in seven innings for the Rays, whose 6-3 start is the best in franchise history. Tampa Bay swept the three-game series, something it did only once on the road last year.

"This is what we have to do to get to where we want to go," Price said. "We got to win games like this. When we've got a chance for a sweep, whether it's home or on the road, we've got to come out and take care of business."

Said Pena: "It means a lot. That is exactly what we want to do. What just happened is behind us. But we're enjoying the fact that we won today and that we're off to a good start."

The Orioles, in contrast, are 1-8 -- their worst start since going 0-21 in 1988. Baltimore went 0-6 and was outscored 37-16 during its opening homestand against Toronto and the Rays.

"It's not how you draw it up. You didn't want to come in here and start like this," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said. "We certainly had a lot of opportunities to win our fair share of the games and we didn't. Losing ought to say how frustrated and disappointed everybody is."

Against Tampa Bay, the Orioles were plagued by poor situational hitting, untimely errors and shoddy relief pitching.

It was the opposite for the Rays.

"Tampa came in here and played great," Trembley said. "They got great starting pitching, they got the big hits and they played good defense. And they're a very good team. They took advantage of all the opportunities that they had in all three games."

Miguel Tejada homered for the Orioles, but Baltimore went 0 for 3 with runners in scoring position and is 10 for 66 (.152) for the season.

"We haven't played well," Trembley acknowledged. "We expect that we'll play better."

Orioles starter Brad Bergesen (0-1) gave up eight runs, five earned, in three-plus innings. After enjoying a promising rookie season in 2009, the right-hander has an 11.74 ERA after two starts.

The Rays scored three unearned runs in the first inning, courtesy of an error and Pena's second homer in as many at-bats. Tejada and shortstop Cesar Izturis both had trouble tracking a popup in the sun, and Tejada was given an error after the ball plopped between them on the right side of the infield. Bergesen issued a two-out walk and Pena followed with a drive to left-center.

"Our offense, that was their game today," Price said. "That was huge, to put up three runs in the first."

Pena previously homered in the 10th inning of Tuesday night's 8-6 win.

Upton made it 6-0 in the third with his first home run of the season. The drive to left followed a leadoff double by Carl Crawford and a two-out intentional walk to Pena.

Crawford chased Bergesen with an RBI double in the fourth, and Evan Longoria added a run-scoring single for an 8-0 lead.

Tejada opened the bottom half with his second home run.

Upton completed his second career two-homer game with a solo shot off Jason Berken in the seventh. After struggling at the plate last season, Upton appears poised for a bounce-back year.

"That was awesome. It's good to see him just enjoying baseball the way he's capable of," Pena said. "That ball's just jumping off his bat and that's exciting. And it's just starting. I think we're going to see a lot of B.J. Upton in the coming weeks and the rest of the year. It's going to be a fun year."

Notes

  • Orioles placed struggling LH closer Mike Gonzalez on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left shoulder.
  • Ben Zobrist's 16-game hitting streak (over two seasons) ended with an 0-for-4 performance.
  • Tejada has both Baltimore errors this season, and each of which led to three unearned runs.
 
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B.J. Upton finishes with four RBI as the Rays improve to their best start in franchise history at 6-3. (AP)
B.J. Upton finishes with four RBI as the Rays improve to their best start in franchise history at 6-3. (AP)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

B. Upton
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 4
Tampa Bay

D. Price
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 2
K 7
 
Tampa Bay Rays
Sean Rodriguez, 2B4110011 .190
Carl Crawford, LF5221001 .367
Ben Zobrist, RF4000102 .286
Evan Longoria, 3B4111121 .281
Carlos Pena, 1B4223113 .333
B.J. Upton, CF5224022 .273
Pat Burrell, DH4010020 .208
Reid Brignac, SS4010011 .462
Dioner Navarro, C4110011 .231
    John Jaso, C0000000 .000
Totals389119310  
Batting
2B - Carl Crawford 2 (4, Bergesen, Bergesen), Pat Burrell (2, Bergesen), Dioner Navarro (1, Bergesen)
HR - Carlos Pena (3, Bergesen), B.J. Upton 2 (2, Bergesen, Berken)
RBI - Carl Crawford (8), Evan Longoria (9), Carlos Pena 3 (10), B.J. Upton 4 (6)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Pena 3 (4), B.J. Upton 4 (6)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Brignac-Pena
E - John Jaso (1, Dropped fly)
Tampa Bay Rays
David Price (W,2-0) 7411271 2.45
Grant Balfour 1200000 2.08
Andy Sonnanstine 1000110 2.84
Pitches-Strikes - David Price 109-70, Grant Balfour 17-11, Andy Sonnanstine 20-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Price 3-10, Grant Balfour 2-1, Andy Sonnanstine 2-0
Batters Faced - David Price 26, Grant Balfour 5, Andy Sonnanstine 4
Baltimore Orioles
Adam Jones, CF3000110 .211
Ty Wigginton, 2B-3B4020001 .333
Nick Markakis, RF3010022 .207
    Felix Pie, LF1010000 .471
Miguel Tejada, 3B2111111 .229
    Justin Turner, 2B1000002 .000
Nolan Reimold, LF-RF4000011 .130
Luke Scott, DH3010100 .240
Garrett Atkins, 1B4000011 .219
Craig Tatum, C4000012 .000
Cesar Izturis, SS3000010 .217
Totals3216138  
Batting
2B - Felix Pie (2, Balfour)
3B - Nick Markakis (1, Price)
HR - Miguel Tejada (2, Price)
RBI - Miguel Tejada (7)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Izturis-Wigginton-Atkins
E - Miguel Tejada (2, Dropped fly)
Baltimore Orioles
Brad Bergesen (L,0-1) 3785232 11.74
Jason Berken 5311151 2.08
Mark Hendrickson 1100020 1.93
IBB - Pena by Brad Bergesen
HBP - S. Rodriguez (by Brad Bergesen)
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Bergesen 73-50, Jason Berken 74-43, Mark Hendrickson 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Bergesen 1-6, Jason Berken 5-4, Mark Hendrickson 1-0
Batters Faced - Brad Bergesen 20, Jason Berken 18, Mark Hendrickson 4
Game Information
Attendance - 10248
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 62
Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - D.J. Reyburn, Third Base - Mike DiMuro