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BALTIMORE -- Jake Arrieta gave up a home run on the first pitch he threw, struggled with his control for much of the game and finally was pulled before getting an out in the sixth inning.
It wasn't exactly the sharp performance he was hoping for, yet the Orioles right-hander had very few complaints after Baltimore held on for a 5-4 victory against the struggling Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.
Arrieta (1-0) gave up one run, three hits and five walks in five-plus innings to earn his first victory since last June 13. He struck out seven during an exhausting 112-pitch effort.
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"The win is the biggest part of the night," he said. "I would have liked to be out there a little bit longer but the pitch count got up. They stuck with me in the sixth, let me go back out, and I just wasn't able to command the ball then. I might have run out of gas a little bit but I had a lot left in the tank, still."
Arrieta didn't have a single 1-2-3 inning and had trouble getting the ball over the plate, but he didn't give up a run after Desmond Jennings opened the game with a drive over the left-field wall.
"He is the winning pitcher tonight in a major-league game against an American League East team," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "I'm proud of him for battling through. He had some chances to give in, he didn't. [After] the first hitter, he came back and gave us a chance to win."
Jim Johnson worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his sixth save in six tries.
Last-place Tampa Bay has lost four straight and seven of eight. Although the Rays scored more runs than they totaled in their previous three games, they went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position and are 1 for 34 in that situation over their past eight games.
"I thought it was a great game. I was really pleased with our guys tonight," manager Joe Maddon said. "Some people might not understand that, but you got to build little bit at a time to get back where you want to be."
With a 4-9 record, Tampa Bay has matched the worst start in franchise history (2001 and 2005).
"As long as players don't quit on themselves then we're in good shape, and we're not going to do that because I'm not going to do that," Maddon said. "I like the battle. I like the fight. The work has been great. It's going to flip."
Tampa Bay right-hander Roberto Hernandez (0-3) allowed five runs, three earned, and five hits in 5 1/3 innings. Two of his three losses have come against the Orioles.
Jennings' leadoff home run equaled the Rays' long-ball total over their previous seven games. It was the first time this season that Baltimore surrendered a first-inning run.
In the bottom half, McLouth walked, stole second and scored on a double by Manny Machado.
Wieters led off the second with a drive to right for a 2-1 lead. He has nine hits this season, two of them home runs.
The Orioles made it 5-1 with two unearned runs in the sixth. With the bases loaded and one out, Longoria threw wide of the plate after fielding a grounder to third by J.J. Hardy. That produced a run, and another scored on a groundout by Ryan Flaherty.
Johnson led off the eighth with a homer on a 3-2 pitch. After Ben Zobrist drew a walk, Longoria hit a home run for the second time in two games. Both his extra-base hits this season have been long balls.
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|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Desmond Jennings, CF||5||1||1||1||0||1||0||.240|
|Kelly Johnson, DH||3||1||1||1||2||1||0||.200|
|Ben Zobrist, 2B||2||1||0||0||2||1||1||.302|
|Evan Longoria, 3B||3||1||1||2||1||0||2||.302|
|Matt Joyce, RF||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.184|
|Yunel Escobar, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.089|
|James Loney, 1B||1||0||0||0||1||1||1||.167|
|a- Shelley Duncan, PH-1B||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||.214|
|Jose Lobaton, C||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.167|
|b- Ryan Roberts, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.217|
|Jose Molina, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Sam Fuld, LF||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.080|
|c- Sean Rodriguez, PH-LF||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.143|
|a-flied out for Loney in the 6th|
|b-struck out for Lobaton in the 8th|
|c-struck out for Fuld in the 7th|
|2B - Matt Joyce (1, Arrieta)|
|HR - Desmond Jennings (1, Arrieta), Kelly Johnson (2, Strop), Evan Longoria (2, Strop)|
|RBI - Desmond Jennings (2), Kelly Johnson (3), Evan Longoria 2 (6)|
|CS - Matt Joyce (1, 2nd base by Arrieta/Wieters)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|PB - Jose Lobaton (1)|
|E - Evan Longoria (1, Throwing)|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Roberto Hernandez (L,0-3)||5.1||5||5||3||3||7||1||5.79|
|IBB - Davis by Roberto Hernandez|
|Pitches-Strikes - Roberto Hernandez 112-61, Jamey Wright 22-14, Cesar Ramos 4-0, Brandon Gomes 9-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roberto Hernandez 8-2, Jamey Wright 4-0, Brandon Gomes 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Roberto Hernandez 25, Jamey Wright 6, Cesar Ramos 1, Brandon Gomes 3|
|Nate McLouth, LF||3||2||1||0||1||0||0||.268|
|Manny Machado, 3B||4||0||1||1||0||1||1||.255|
|Nick Markakis, RF||3||1||2||1||1||0||1||.315|
|Adam Jones, CF||4||1||1||0||0||0||3||.400|
|Chris Davis, 1B||2||0||0||0||2||1||2||.349|
|Matt Wieters, C||3||1||1||1||0||1||3||.209|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.200|
|Ryan Flaherty, 2B||4||0||0||1||0||2||1||.071|
|Alexi Casilla, 2B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.273|
|Nolan Reimold, DH||3||0||0||0||0||2||2||.212|
|2B - Nate McLouth (4, R. Hernandez), Manny Machado (3, R. Hernandez), Adam Jones (6, R. Hernandez)|
|HR - Matt Wieters (2, R. Hernandez)|
|SH - Matt Wieters (1)|
|RBI - Manny Machado (6), Nick Markakis (5), Matt Wieters (4), Ryan Flaherty (2)|
|SB - Nate McLouth (3, 2nd base off R. Hernandez/Lobaton)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Jake Arrieta (W,1-0)||5||3||1||1||5||7||1||5.40|
|Troy Patton (H,1)||1.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Brian Matusz (H,2)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.08|
|Darren O'Day (H,4)||0.2||1||0||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|Jim Johnson (S,6)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jake Arrieta 112-63, Troy Patton 22-13, Pedro Strop 22-11, Brian Matusz 7-5, Darren O'Day 8-7, Jim Johnson 16-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Arrieta 2-5, Troy Patton 2-2, Pedro Strop 1-0, Brian Matusz 1-0, Darren O'Day 1-0, Jim Johnson 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Jake Arrieta 22, Troy Patton 4, Pedro Strop 5, Brian Matusz 1, Darren O'Day 3, Jim Johnson 3|
|Attendance - 14670|
|Game Time - 3:21|
|Temperature - 69|
|Umpires - Home - Gerry Davis, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Mike Muchlinski, Third Base - Brian Knight|