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Tampa Bay at Baltimore

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Tampa Bay (5-9) «1102010106110
Baltimore (7-7)002000000250

Rays 6, Orioles 2

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BALTIMORE -- For the first time in a week, the Tampa Bay Rays celebrated a victory.

What made it even sweeter was that they scored six runs and pounded out 11 hits, which amounted to a slugfest for an offense that has struggled for much of the season.

Kelly Johnson and Shelley Duncan homered, James Loney had three RBIs and the Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-2 Wednesday night to snap a four-game skid.

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The six runs were the most the Rays scored in a game since a 6-0 win over Cleveland on April 6. Following that victory, Tampa Bay lost seven of eight before turning it around against the Orioles.

"We have guys with many abilities within our lineup," manager Joe Maddon said. "What I liked was the swarming offense."

After going 1 for 34 with runners in scoring position in their previous five games, the Rays went 4 for 11 in those situations, including a two-run double in the fourth by Loney that put Tampa Bay ahead for good.

Loney went 3 for 3 to raise his batting average from .167 to .242. Johnson (2 for 5) went from .200 to .229, and Duncan got two hits to boost his average 44 points to .258.

"We have not hit the ball well," Maddon acknowledged. "As we do that, you will see the wins pile up."

The Rays hadn't won since the previous Wednesday, at Texas. Maddon kept insisting it would turn around, and his players bought into it.

"It's early in the year, but this manager deserves a lot of credit for the attitude we show every day," Duncan said.

Maddon was ejected in the fifth inning by umpire Brian Knight, who called Johnson out on a stolen base attempt. Maddon argued that Johnson beat the tag.

Matt Moore (3-0) gave up two runs and five hits in 6 2-3 innings. Although his streak of scoreless starts ended at two, the left-hander has accounted for three of the Rays' five wins this season.

"Matty was very good tonight," Maddon said. "I saw most of it from inside, but he had good command. He had nice rhythm throughout the game. We had a couple home runs and did some good things for Matt."

Adam Jones homered, but he was the only Oriole to enjoy success against Moore.

"He was good. I mean, he's not a prospect no more," Jones said. "They needed a big start out of him, and they got it. They swung the bats better than they have in the previous four or five games. They came out and hit some balls. They beat us tonight, pretty pure and simple."

Baltimore starter Chris Tillman (0-1) allowed four runs and six hits in four innings to fall to 1-4 against the Rays.

Johnson put the Rays up 1-0 with a first-inning shot into the right-field seats, his second homer in two games. In the bottom half, Moore struck out Chris Davis with two outs and runners on the corners.

Duncan connected in the second for a 2-0 lead. Both his home runs this season have come against Baltimore.

Jones tied it with a two-run homer in the third. The drive was initially called a double, but Orioles manager Buck Showalter insisted the ball went over the wall and bounced back into play. The umpires adjourned to watch a replay before confirming Showalter's assessment.

Tampa Bay got a pair of clutch hits in the fourth. After Evan Longoria led off with a double and Duncan looped a one-out single to center. As the throw from Jones came home, Duncan continued to second base. Loney followed with a sinking liner that got by Jones, allowing two runs to score.

In the sixth, Yunel Escobar hit a two-out RBI single for a 5-2 lead. The hit ended a 1-for-28 skid and was Escobar's first hit with a runner in scoring position in 15 tries this season.

"Yunel finally gets something to fall in," Maddon said.

Escobar was dropped to the No. 9 spot in the lineup, but Maddon insisted it had nothing to do with his .089 batting average. The manager said before the game that Escobar was "just a couple hits" from breaking the slump and "can do a lot of things" at the bottom of the order.

Loney added an RBI single in the eighth.

Notes

  • Rays OF-DH Luke Scott (right calf strain) expressed hope of starting his rehab assignment this weekend, but Maddon said Scott is not that close to being ready.
  • Cy Young Award winner David Price (0-1, 5.82 ERA) makes his fourth start of the season Wednesday night for Tampa Bay in the series finale. The Rays were winless in his previous three starts. Miguel Gonzalez (1-1, 2.82) will start for Baltimore.
  • Maddon has been ejected a franchise-record 28 times.
  • Nolan Reimold went 0 for 4 as the Orioles' designated hitter. Baltimore DHs are 3 for 47 (.064) this season.
 
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Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

J. Loney
AB 3
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
Baltimore

A. Jones
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Desmond Jennings, CF5000024 .218
Kelly Johnson, 2B5121030 .229
Ben Zobrist, RF5010010 .292
Evan Longoria, 3B5110021 .292
Matt Joyce, LF4110011 .190
    Sam Fuld, LF0000000 .080
Shelley Duncan, DH3221111 .258
James Loney, 1B3133100 .242
Jose Molina, C4000013 .208
Yunel Escobar, SS3011102 .104
Totals376116311  
Batting
2B - Evan Longoria (1, Tillman), James Loney 2 (4, Tillman, McFarland)
HR - Kelly Johnson (3, Tillman), Shelley Duncan (2, Tillman)
RBI - Kelly Johnson (4), Shelley Duncan (6), James Loney 3 (7), Yunel Escobar (3)
2-OUT RBI - Yunel Escobar (1)
SB - Matt Joyce (1, 2nd base off McFarland/Wieters)
CS - Kelly Johnson (2, 2nd base by Tillman/Wieters)
Team LOB - 7
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Matt Moore (W,3-0) 6.2522371 1.00
Jake McGee (H,2) 0.1000010 8.44
Joel Peralta 1000100 3.00
Fernando Rodney 1000110 7.36
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Moore 104-67, Jake McGee 6-4, Joel Peralta 18-11, Fernando Rodney 19-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Moore 7-6, Joel Peralta 3-0, Fernando Rodney 1-1
Batters Faced - Matt Moore 28, Jake McGee 1, Joel Peralta 4, Fernando Rodney 4
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Nick Markakis, RF4010112 .310
Manny Machado, 3B3100113 .241
Adam Jones, CF4112022 .390
Matt Wieters, C3010110 .217
Chris Davis, 1B4010003 .340
J.J. Hardy, SS3000102 .189
Nate McLouth, LF3000102 .250
Nolan Reimold, DH4000032 .189
Alexi Casilla, 2B4010011 .267
Totals3225259  
Batting
HR - Adam Jones (2, Moore)
RBI - Adam Jones 2 (13)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Jones 2 (6)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Wieters-Hardy
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Tillman (L,0-1) 5644262 7.07
T.J. McFarland 2.1422130 2.35
Tommy Hunter 1.2100020 4.26
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Tillman 93-52, T.J. McFarland 45-26, Tommy Hunter 24-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Tillman 1-7, T.J. McFarland 2-2, Tommy Hunter 1-2
Batters Faced - Chris Tillman 22, T.J. McFarland 12, Tommy Hunter 6
Game Information
Attendance - 13591
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Mark Carlson, First Base - Mike Muchlinski, Second Base - Brian Knight, Third Base - Gerry Davis