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Rays 7, Orioles 3

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Kelly Shoppach ignited the struggling Tampa Bay offense.

Shoppach hit his second career grand slam and a solo homer Saturday, leading the Rays to a 7-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

Trailing 3-0 in the fourth, Sean Rodriguez had an RBI double before Shoppach hit his slam to make it 5-3. Shoppach's solo shot in the eighth was just his third extra-base hit since June 30.

"I was battling," Shoppach said. "I just wanted to make sure to get a ball up that I could hit in the air."

The Rays entered hitting just .209 since July 24. Tampa Bay had 15 hits Saturday off four Baltimore pitchers.

"It had to happen at some point, you'd like to think," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "We've had plenty of baserunners, a lot of opportunities. We've just not been able to finish the deal. And of course, hitting the grand slam really opened the floodgates."

Tampa Bay's Andy Sonnanstine (3-1), making his second start for the injured Jeff Niemann, gave up three runs and three hits over five innings. Niemann, sidelined by a strained right shoulder, could rejoin the rotation within the next two weeks.

"It just kind of seemed like he threw everybody on his back and took us to a victory," Sonnanstine said of Shoppach.

Adam Jones hit a three-run homer for the Orioles, who are 9-3 under new manager Buck Showalter.

Brian Matusz (4-12) became the AL's second 12-game loser along with teammate Kevin Millwood. Matusz allowed five runs and nine hits in four innings.

"It was a game of a couple big innings," Showalter said.

Shoppach's slam came one pitch after Matusz just missed getting a strikeout.

"I thought I made a pretty good 1-2 pitch, down and in," Matusz said. "I thought it was a well-located fastball. Didn't get the call, sometimes you're not. Then I elevated up in the zone and he was able to get good barrel on it."

Shoppach's fourth-inning homer was the first by a Tampa Bay right-handed hitter since Jason Bartlett connected for a pinch-hit grand slam on August 5 against Minnesota. The Rays won for the third time in the last 10 games.

"I might have caught a break on the 1-2 pitch," Shoppach said. "It was really close."

Shoppach tied a career high with five RBI in his fifth multihomer game.

Willy Aybar's fifth-inning run-scoring single extended Tampa Bay's lead to 6-3.

Jones put the Orioles ahead 3-0 on his homer off Sonnanstine during the third. Jones is 6 for 11 with three homers overall against the right-hander.

A base running gaffe cost Tampa Bay in the third. With runners on first and second, Bartlett hit a one-out single to center. Third base coach Tom Foley stopped Gabe Kapler, who was on second, at third, but B.J. Upton didn't stop at second and wound up at third, too. So Kapler broke for the plate and was thrown out.

"It's just like when you're driving down the street. Anytime you run into somebody from behind it's your fault," Maddon said. "He's just got to keep his head up right there."

The Rays' third ended without a run when Carl Crawford grounded out.

Baltimore loaded the bases with one out in the first, but failed to score when Jones fouled out and Felix Pie hit a grounder. The Orioles were 1 of 8 with runners in scoring position.

Notes

Tampa Bay pitchers retired 19 in a row after Jones' homer. The stretch ended when Matt Wieters hit a one-out double in the ninth. ... Shoppach also hit a grand slam on July 9, 2009, with Cleveland against the Chicago White Sox. Saturday's homers were his first since June 24. ... Jones has five RBIs in the last two games. ... Rays 1B Carlos Pena (sore right foot) is scheduled to play for Class-A Charlotte on Sunday and could return from the 15-day disabled list on Monday.

 
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Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

K. Shoppach
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 5
Baltimore

A. Jones
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brian Roberts, 2B2000210 .256
Nick Markakis, RF4000002 .288
Ty Wigginton, 1B4110022 .260
Luke Scott, DH2100210 .294
Adam Jones, CF4113003 .282
Felix Pie, LF4000003 .294
Matt Wieters, C4010010 .242
Cesar Izturis, SS4010001 .245
Josh Bell, 3B4000002 .210
Totals3234345  
Batting
2B - Matt Wieters (13, Choate)
HR - Adam Jones (17, Sonnanstine)
RBI - Adam Jones 3 (51)
SB - Brian Roberts (5, 3rd base off Sonnanstine/Shoppach), Nick Markakis (5, 2nd base off Sonnanstine/Shoppach), Cesar Izturis (8, 2nd base off Sonnanstine/Shoppach)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Adam Jones 2
DP - Jones-Wieters
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brian Matusz (L,4-12) 4955221 5.28
Matt Albers 2211110 4.74
Armando Gabino 1100000 9.00
Alfredo Simon 1311011 4.74
Pitches-Strikes - Brian Matusz 75-48, Matt Albers 32-23, Armando Gabino 15-11, Alfredo Simon 20-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Matusz 6-2, Matt Albers 3-2, Armando Gabino 2-1, Alfredo Simon 1-1
Batters Faced - Brian Matusz 21, Matt Albers 9, Armando Gabino 4, Alfredo Simon 6
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
B.J. Upton, CF4020100 .238
Jason Bartlett, SS5030000 .248
Carl Crawford, LF5010015 .295
Evan Longoria, 3B5220013 .286
Willy Aybar, DH4131000 .246
Sean Rodriguez, 2B4111001 .263
Ben Zobrist, 1B2100211 .256
Kelly Shoppach, C4225012 .209
Gabe Kapler, RF2010000 .210
   a- Matt Joyce, PH-RF2000002 .222
Totals37715734  
a-flied out for Kapler in the 5th
Batting
2B - Jason Bartlett (19, Matusz), Evan Longoria 2 (36, Matusz, Albers), Sean Rodriguez (17, Matusz)
HR - Kelly Shoppach 2 (3, Matusz, Simon)
RBI - Willy Aybar (34), Sean Rodriguez (35), Kelly Shoppach 5 (11)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Sean Rodriguez (4, )
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Andy Sonnanstine (W,3-1) 5333421 4.10
Lance Cormier (H,4) 2000010 4.06
Joaquin Benoit (H,18) 1000020 1.27
Randy Choate 1100000 4.83
Pitches-Strikes - Andy Sonnanstine 99-62, Lance Cormier 24-18, Joaquin Benoit 13-9, Randy Choate 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andy Sonnanstine 9-5, Lance Cormier 3-2, Joaquin Benoit 1-0, Randy Choate 2-1
Batters Faced - Andy Sonnanstine 23, Lance Cormier 6, Joaquin Benoit 3, Randy Choate 4
Game Information
Attendance - 36189
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Brian Knight, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Gerry Davis