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Rays lose to Orioles, miss chance to gain ground

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BALTIMORE -- There are times when Jeremy Guthrie throws so well, it's downright hard to believe he's got more losses than any pitcher in the major leagues.

Guthrie allowed three hits over seven innings and matched a career high with 10 strikeouts, leading the Baltimore Orioles past the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 Wednesday night.

The Rays are in the middle of a playoff run and the Orioles are in last place, but Baltimore won the pivotal game of the series behind Guthrie (8-17), who won a second straight start for the first time this year.

"You know when you play Tampa, for the most part you're going to have to pitch with them. Starting pitching, especially," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "Tonight, it was that case."

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There was a point in the season not too long ago when Guthrie appeared destined to become a 20-game loser. But he's 3-1 with a 2.53 ERA in five starts since Aug. 13.

"I'm just taking it one at a time," he said. "I think I have a couple more and at the end of the year you look back and see where you're at."

After watching Boston lose to Toronto, the Rays took the field knowing that a victory would put them within three games of Boston in the AL wild-card race.

Instead, they lost a second straight to the team with the second-worst record in the American League.

"Just because Guthrie has 17 losses doesn't mean he's a bad pitcher," Rays designated hitter Johnny Damon said. "There are a lot of teams that if he were on them, he would be their ace and he would have a lot more wins."

Next up for the Rays: Four games against the Red Sox at Fenway Park, beginning Thursday night. Tampa Bay swept a three-game series from Boston last weekend and is 9-5 against the Red Sox, including 4-1 on the road.

"Let's get out of here and get up there, get our mojo back," manager Joe Maddon said.

Wade Davis (10-9) gave up a three-run homer to Chris Davis and a solo shot to Nolan Reimold. Wade Davis, who allowed four runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings, is 4-1 in six career starts at Camden Yards.

Matt Wieters added a two-run shot in the eighth off Matt Moore, who was making his major league debut. It was Wieters' 20th home run, the third in three games.

If the Rays fall short in their bid to reach the playoffs, they can blame either a 1-8 start or their 9-9 record against the Orioles, who are 14-33 against the rest of the AL East.

"These guys have our number right now. They have played us well all year," Maddon said.

Guthrie improved to 6-10 lifetime against Tampa Bay, 2-3 this season. He also beat the Rays on opening day.

"He just kept the ball down and didn't leave it over the middle of plate," Tampa Bay center fielder B.J. Upton said. "He has always had good stuff and he showed that today."

Jim Johnson worked the final two innings for his sixth save, the second in two nights.

Guthrie retired the first eight batters before Reid Brignac singled in the third. Reimold opened the bottom half with his 10th home run, a low-flying line drive that glanced off the top of the left-field wall and into the seats.

The lead didn't last long. Guthrie walked two of the first three batters in the fourth and Matt Joyce cleared the bases with a two-out double.

In the Baltimore half, Vladimir Guerrero beat out a slow roller to third, Wieters doubled and Chris Davis hit an opposite-field homer to left on an 0-2 pitch for a 4-2 lead.

Tampa Bay's final threat came in the seventh. Damon drew a leadoff walk and took second on a single by Joyce before Guthrie sandwiched two strikeouts around a fly ball by John Jaso.

Guthrie was more delighted about playing a part in beating the Rays than he was in earning a rare win.

"We matched up well at the plate, we pitched well and got some big hits," the right-hander said. "It's a nice series."

Notes

  • Rays OF Sam Fuld left in the fifth inning with a wrist injury.
  • Tampa Bay recalled LHP Alex Torres from Triple-A Durham and purchased the contract of 1B Dan Johnson from Durham, giving the team 34 players in uniform.
  • The Rays' rotation for the Boston series: Jeremy Hellickson (12-10), James Shields (15-10), Jeff Niemann (10-7) and David Price (12-12). Tampa Bay has held the Red Sox to a .177 batting average, including .158 in Boston.
  • Orioles CF Adam Jones (thumb) hopes to return Friday after missing a fifth straight start. He entered as a defensive replacement in the ninth.
  • After a day off Thursday, the Orioles resume play Friday against another playoff hopeful, the Los Angeles Angels. Tommy Hunter (3-4) starts for Baltimore against Dan Haren (15-8).
 
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Jeremy Guthrie, who leads the majors in losses, ties a career-high with 10 K's and wins successive games for the first time. (Getty Images)
Jeremy Guthrie, who leads the majors in losses, ties a career-high with 10 K's and wins successive games for the first time. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

C. Davis
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Baltimore

J. Guthrie
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 2
BB 3
K 10
 
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Sam Fuld, LF2000011 .240
   a- Sean Rodriguez, PH-2B2000000 .220
B.J. Upton, CF2100220 .234
Evan Longoria, 3B4000011 .239
Ben Zobrist, 2B-RF3100110 .270
Johnny Damon, DH3000122 .259
Matt Joyce, RF-LF4022000 .280
Casey Kotchman, 1B3000013 .311
John Jaso, C3000012 .225
Reid Brignac, SS3010012 .200
Totals29232410  
a-popped out for Fuld in the 5th
Batting
2B - Matt Joyce (30, Guthrie)
RBI - Matt Joyce 2 (66)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Joyce 2 (32)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Brignac-Zobrist-Kotchman, Brignac-Longoria-Kotchman
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wade Davis (L,10-9) 6.1744232 4.41
Matt Moore 1.1322021 13.50
Dane De La Rosa 0.1000000 9.00
Pitches-Strikes - Wade Davis 102-68, Matt Moore 27-16, Dane De La Rosa 3-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade Davis 7-7, Matt Moore 1-1, Dane De La Rosa 1-0
Batters Faced - Wade Davis 26, Matt Moore 7, Dane De La Rosa 1
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Angle, CF-LF4020001 .184
J.J. Hardy, SS3000111 .264
Nick Markakis, RF4000023 .279
Vladimir Guerrero, DH4230001 .289
Matt Wieters, C4222011 .262
Chris Davis, 3B4123001 .250
Mark Reynolds, 1B4000011 .216
Nolan Reimold, LF2111100 .239
    Adam Jones, CF0000000 .280
Robert Andino, 2B3000001 .263
Totals32610625  
Batting
2B - Matt Angle (3, Davis), Matt Wieters (26, Davis), Chris Davis (8, Moore)
HR - Matt Wieters (20, Moore), Chris Davis (5, Davis), Nolan Reimold (10, Davis)
RBI - Matt Wieters 2 (63), Chris Davis 3 (15), Nolan Reimold (32)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Wieters 2 (29)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Hardy-Andino-Reynolds
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeremy Guthrie (W,8-17) 73223100 4.22
Jim Johnson (S,6) 2000100 2.68
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Guthrie 112-72, Jim Johnson 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Guthrie 4-7, Jim Johnson 3-2
Batters Faced - Jeremy Guthrie 27, Jim Johnson 6
Game Information
Attendance - 14669
Game Time - 2:22
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Mike Estabrook, Third Base - Tom Hallion