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BALTIMORE -- What's more stunning than the Baltimore Orioles standing alone atop the AL East?
The Tampa Bay Rays committing five errors in a game.
Baltimore capitalized on five Tampa Bay miscues and got two hits and two RBI from Adam Jones in a 5-3 victory Saturday night.
The Orioles were outhit 7-6 and struck out 12 times but scored three unearned runs to forge their second straight win in this series between the two top teams in the division. Baltimore leads second-place Tampa Bay by two games and on Sunday will seek to complete its first three-game home sweep of the Rays since July 2007.
"I know we won the series now," Jones said, "but we want the sweep."
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On Friday night, the Orioles used three home runs to forge a 4-3 win. In this one, they ran around the bases while the Rays booted the ball, threw wildly or were called for catcher's interference.
"We were fortunate tonight that Tampa uncharacteristically helped us some defensively," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.
The five errors, which included three in the second inning, tied a club record. The only other times it happened were in 2000 and 2001.
"We made way too many errors tonight," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "Normally when you make five errors, you get blown out of games. Tonight we didn't get blown out because of the effort that was there."
Tampa Bay starter Matt Moore (1-3) walked four and allowed four hits in 4 1/3 innings. He allowed four runs, only one of them earned.
"He wasn't sharp with his command, but we cost him 20 pitches that would have allowed him to get deeper into the game," Maddon said.
Orioles starter Brian Matusz (2-4) gave up three runs, two earned, and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Luis Ayala got four straight outs, Pedro Strop worked a 1-2-3 eighth and Jim Johnson finished for his 11th save, the second in two games. Baltimore's bullpen is perfect over 6 1/3 innings in this series.
Bill Hall, summoned from the minors earlier in the day, hit a solo homer in the eighth to give the Orioles a two-run cushion.
Despite a rash of injuries, Baltimore is tied with Texas for the best record in the American League.
"We found people that we can play with and we can win [with]," Strop said. "A lot of people are asking me, 'Are you surprised at this team?' We're not surprised. We aren't surprised. We've been doing what we were hoping. A lot of people are surprised, but we're not. We are going to keep winning games."
The Rays went up 1-0 in the second on Guyer's home run, his first hit since being recalled from the minors on Wednesday. He has three career home runs, two against Baltimore.
Baltimore scored two runs in the bottom half, courtesy of three Tampa Bay errors. Jones reached on a wild throw by third baseman Sean Rodriguez and advanced on an errant pickoff throw by Moore. After a walk to Matt Wieters and two strikeouts, Jones scored on Steve Tolleson's double to left and Wieters came in when Guyton misplayed the ball in the corner.
In the fifth, two more errors led to two more Baltimore runs and a 4-1 lead. Luis Exposito began the inning by reaching on catcher's interference, J.J. Hardy singled with one out and Nick Markakis walked to load the bases. Jones then bounced a single up the middle to score two runs, and he took second when center fielder B.J. Upton fumbled the ball.
That ended Moore's night.
Tampa Bay closed to 4-3 in the sixth, and this time the Orioles were the ones guilty of shoddy fielding. After grabbing a grounder to third, Tolleson stepped on the base for a force out but threw wildly to first, a miscue that put runners on second and third with two outs. Scott followed with a two-run single on a 3-2 pitch.
|Bill Hall, called up from the minors earlier Saturday, knocks a solo shot in the eighth inning. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Ben Zobrist, RF||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.198|
|Sean Rodriguez, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.230|
|B.J. Upton, CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.273|
|Jeff Keppinger, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||2||1||.293|
|Brandon Guyer, LF||3||2||1||1||0||0||0||.143|
|Jose Molina, C||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.210|
|Luke Scott, DH||4||0||1||2||0||1||0||.250|
|Elliot Johnson, SS||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.224|
|a- Carlos Pena, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.225|
|Chris Gimenez, C||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.256|
|b- Matt Joyce, PH-LF||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.282|
|Will Rhymes, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.219|
|a-lined out for Johnson in the 9th|
|b-struck out for Gimenez in the 6th|
|HR - Brandon Guyer (1, Matusz)|
|RBI - Brandon Guyer (1), Luke Scott 2 (24)|
|2-OUT RBI - Luke Scott 2 (12)|
|SB - B.J. Upton (3, 2nd base off Matusz/Exposito)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|E - Chris Gimenez (3, Interference), Brandon Guyer (1, Misplayed grounder), Matt Moore (1, Throwing), Sean Rodriguez (5, Throwing), B.J. Upton (2, Misplayed grounder)|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Matt Moore (L,1-3)||4.1||4||4||1||4||6||0||5.31|
|Pitches-Strikes - Matt Moore 100-55, Wade Davis 26-16, Burke Badenhop 16-12, J.P. Howell 18-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Moore 2-5, J.P. Howell 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Matt Moore 22, Wade Davis 6, Burke Badenhop 4, J.P. Howell 4|
|Robert Andino, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.284|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||4||1||1||0||0||2||1||.232|
|Nick Markakis, RF||2||0||0||0||2||1||0||.246|
|Adam Jones, CF||4||1||2||2||0||0||1||.294|
|Matt Wieters, DH||3||1||0||0||1||2||3||.268|
|Wilson Betemit, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||3||2||.238|
|Bill Hall, LF||3||1||1||1||1||2||5||.333|
|Ryan Flaherty, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.171|
|Steve Tolleson, 3B||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.286|
|Luis Exposito, C||3||1||0||0||0||1||1||.100|
|2B - Robert Andino (4, Moore), Steve Tolleson (1, Moore)|
|HR - Bill Hall (1, Howell)|
|RBI - Adam Jones 2 (21), Bill Hall (1), Steve Tolleson (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Steve Tolleson (1)|
|CS - Robert Andino (2, 3rd base by Moore/Gimenez)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Hardy-Andino-Betemit|
|E - Wilson Betemit (6, Misplayed grounder), Steve Tolleson (2, Throwing)|
|Brian Matusz (W,2-4)||5.2||7||3||2||1||5||1||5.50|
|Luis Ayala (H,3)||1.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.04|
|Pedro Strop (H,4)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||1.35|
|Jim Johnson (S,11)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.57|
|Pitches-Strikes - Brian Matusz 95-64, Luis Ayala 15-11, Pedro Strop 16-8, Jim Johnson 9-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Matusz 6-6, Luis Ayala 3-0, Pedro Strop 1-0, Jim Johnson 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Brian Matusz 25, Luis Ayala 4, Pedro Strop 3, Jim Johnson 3|
|Attendance - 32862|
|Game Time - 3:01|
|Temperature - 77|
|Umpires - Home - Victor Carapazza, First Base - Gerry Davis, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Greg Gibson|