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Orioles stop six-game slide

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Brian Matusz gave the sliding Baltimore Orioles a huge lift.

Matusz gave up two hits in 7 1/3 innings and the Orioles ended a six-game losing streak by holding off the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 Saturday.

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"Every time I step on the mound, I want to go out there and compete and bring my best game, but to end a losing streak is definitely a good feeling," Matusz said. "It's nice to go out there and get back on the winning side of things."

Matusz (5-5) didn't give up a hit until the fifth inning. He struck out seven and walked three.

"I just attacked the zone and got ahead, and the Rays were swinging the bat so I got a lot of outs early in the count," Matusz said. "When you have a good rhythm and good flow, it's nice to just go out there and pound the strike zone with confidence."

Reliever Pedro Strop got Ben Zobrist to ground into a bases-loaded double play in the eighth. Jim Johnson pitched the ninth for his 17th save, completing the combined two-hitter.

"You know you've got a really good one when they can close a one-run game out on the road against the American League East, and Jimmy's done that for us this year," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.

Baltimore broke a 1-all tie in the seventh. Mark Reynolds, who had doubled, scored with two outs when third baseman Drew Sutton made a wild throw to first on Robert Andino's grounder. Zobrist tracked down Sutton's bad throw in right field and threw out Ryan Flaherty, who also tried to score on the play.

"I rushed it," Sutton said. "I didn't know how much time I had. I just kind of spiked it. It didn't work out."

Endy Chavez, mired in a 3-for-35 slide, put the Orioles ahead 1-0 in the third with a home run off Jeremy Hellickson (4-2). It was Chavez's first homer since last Aug. 9 against Seattle.

"Both pitchers pitched great," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said.

Elliot Johnson reached with one out in the Rays eighth when Reynolds misplayed a grounder for an error. After Matusz walked Carlos Pena, Strop relieved.

Strop's wild pitch moved up the runners and B.J. Upton walked to load the bases. But Strop worked out of the jam by getting a double-play grounder from Zobrist.

"Unfortunately Zoe hits the ball right at the second baseman," Maddon said.

Hellickson gave up four hits in 6 2/3 innings. The right-hander struck out eight and walked one.

"Threw a lot of strikes," Hellickson said. "Didn't get deep into counts."

Sean Rodriguez got the Rays' first hit, a double to start the fifth. He later scored the tying run on Sutton's grounder.

Zobrist also made a couple nice catches, including a diving effort to take away a leadoff hit from Flaherty in the fifth.

Notes

  • Matusz is 5-2 in eight overall starts against Tampa Bay.
  • Hellickson has allowed two earned runs or less in eight of 11 starts this season.
  • Baltimore acquired OF-1B Steve Pearce from the New York Yankees for cash and designated INF-OF Bill Hall for assignment.
  • Maddon said RF Matt Joyce was out of the lineup because he is under the weather.
  • Orioles LHP Tsuyoshi Wada, who underwent elbow ligament replacement surgery on May 11, is set to start shoulder exercises.
 
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The Orioles' Brian Matusz doesn't give up a hit through four innings, allowing two total in 7 1/3 innings to defeat the Rays.  (US Presswire)
The Orioles' Brian Matusz doesn't give up a hit through four innings, allowing two total in 7 1/3 innings to defeat the Rays. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

B. Matusz
IP 7.1
H 2
ER 1
BB 3
K 7
Tampa Bay

J. Hellickson
IP 6.2
H 4
ER 1
BB 1
K 8
 

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Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Endy Chavez, LF4111020 .129
J.J. Hardy, SS4010000 .259
Chris Davis, DH4000031 .295
Adam Jones, CF4010010 .316
Matt Wieters, C4010011 .233
Mark Reynolds, 1B3110121 .198
Wilson Betemit, 3B4000014 .220
Ryan Flaherty, RF2000000 .148
Robert Andino, 2B3000010 .246
Totals32251111  
Batting
2B - J.J. Hardy (12, Hellickson), Mark Reynolds (9, Hellickson)
HR - Endy Chavez (1, Hellickson)
RBI - Endy Chavez (2)
2-OUT RBI - Endy Chavez (1)
SB - Adam Jones (9, 2nd base off Badenhop/Lobaton)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Andino-Hardy-Reynolds
E - Mark Reynolds (7, Misplayed grounder)
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brian Matusz (W,5-5) 7.1211370 4.41
Pedro Strop (H,9) 0.2000100 1.32
Jim Johnson (S,17) 1000000 0.78
WP - Pedro Strop (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Brian Matusz 97-64, Pedro Strop 10-6, Jim Johnson 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Matusz 9-7, Pedro Strop 1-0, Jim Johnson 2-1
Batters Faced - Brian Matusz 28, Pedro Strop 2, Jim Johnson 3
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Carlos Pena, 1B3000120 .202
B.J. Upton, CF2000200 .270
Ben Zobrist, RF3010101 .207
Luke Scott, DH4000012 .231
Sean Rodriguez, 2B4110000 .228
Hideki Matsui, LF4000011 .154
Drew Sutton, 3B3001010 .219
Jose Lobaton, C3000011 .211
Elliot Johnson, SS3000011 .252
Totals2912147  
Batting
2B - Sean Rodriguez (6, Matusz)
RBI - Drew Sutton (4)
CS - B.J. Upton (2, 2nd base by Matusz/Wieters)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Ben Zobrist 1
E - Jose Lobaton (2, Interference), Drew Sutton (2, Throwing)
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeremy Hellickson (L,4-2) 6.2421181 2.69
Jake McGee 0.1000000 1.56
Joel Peralta 1000020 4.24
Burke Badenhop 0.2100010 3.80
J.P. Howell 0.1000000 3.78
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Hellickson 99-66, Jake McGee 2-2, Joel Peralta 14-11, Burke Badenhop 18-11, J.P. Howell 6-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Hellickson 3-9, Jake McGee 1-0
Batters Faced - Jeremy Hellickson 26, Jake McGee 1, Joel Peralta 3, Burke Badenhop 3, J.P. Howell 1
Game Information
Attendance - 21693
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Victor Carapazza, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Tim Tschida, Third Base - Jeff Nelson