Longoria leads last-place Rays to 5-2 win over Orioles
Baltimore Orioles right fielder Michael Bourn reaches but cannot catch a fly ball triple hit by Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Baltimore, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
BALTIMORE (AP) Evan Longoria homered, tripled and scored three runs to help the Tampa Bay Rays beat Baltimore 5-2 Saturday night, blunting the Orioles' playoff push.
The loss dropped Baltimore three games behind first-place Boston in the AL East and a half-game in back of Toronto for the top AL wild-card slot, pending the Blue Jays' late game at the Los Angeles Angels.
The Orioles have lost two of three to the last-place Rays in a series that ends Sunday. Longoria has homered in each of the three games and has a career-high 35 for the season.
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Baltimore ace Chris Tillman (16-6) had a one-hitter and a 2-1 lead after five innings, but he failed to get out of the sixth.