Rays 8, Orioles 4

Matt Moore made the most of a big hit by B.J. Upton.

Upton hit a tiebreaking two-run double, Moore won for the first

time after losing four straight decisions and the Tampa Bay Rays

beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-4 on Sunday.

Upton gave the Rays a 4-2 lead with a two-out hit off Jake

Arrieta (2-7) in the fifth. Arrieta walked three during the


”A clutch hit,” Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. ”B.J.’s

ball down the (left field) line is pretty large right there.”

Moore (2-5) allowed two runs and seven hits over six innings.

The left-hander had four losses in five starts since beating

Seattle on May 1.

”I’m going to do everything I can to feed off this,” Moore

said. ”It’s good to get a win.”

Moore has pitched with the lead in nine of his 11 starts this


”Matt really held it together well,” Maddon said.

The AL East-leading Rays (31-23), with nine players on the

disabled list, took two of three from Baltimore and lead the

Orioles by one game.

”We’ve been able to hold serve,” Maddon said. ”We’re still on

top. The guys who have been out there have been doing a great job.

The effort has been fantastic.”

Matt Wieters and Mark Reynolds homered for the Orioles, who have

lost seven of eight. Arrieta, 0-5 over his last six starts, gave up

four runs, two hits and four walks in 4 2-3 innings.

”Certain parts of the order, you’d really like to see him

attack a little more,” Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said of

Arrieta. ”I know it’s frustrating for him, you see how good he’s

capable of being through spurts. But you’re always going to have

one inning, and it seemed like he couldn’t get through it.”

Arrieta threw just 41 of 83 pitches for strikes.

”I’m not pitching well right now, there’s no doubt about

that,” Arrieta said.

The Rays extended the lead to 8-2 during a four-run sixth, aided

by a pair of Baltimore errors.

Wieters made an errant throw from behind the plate attempting to

pick off Ben Zobrist at third. After Elliot Johnson hit an RBI

single, another run scored when third baseman Steve Tolleson

misplayed Jose Molina’s grounder. Carlos Pena added a sacrifice


Tampa Bay took a 2-1 lead in the fourth when Matt Joyce drove in

Pena with a sacrifice fly. Upton also scored from second on the

play when Baltimore center fielder Adam Jones made a bad throw

attempting to get Upton out at third.

Nick Johnson pinch hit for Jones, who was hit on the left wrist

by a pitched ball Wednesday, in the ninth.

”I didn’t want to take a chance, especially as banged up as we

are,” Showalter said.

Reynolds tied it at 2 on an RBI single in the fifth. He also had

an eighth-inning solo shot.

Wieters put the Orioles up 1-0 on a second-inning leadoff homer.

Baltimore then failed to score any additional runs despite having

two on with no outs. Steve Pearce hit a flyball and both Tolleson

and Robert Andino struck out.

Wieters also had a run-scoring hit in the ninth.

NOTES: Orioles INF Wilson Betemit was out of the lineup because

of a fever. … Tampa Bay RHP James Shields (6-3) will pitch

against New York LHP Andy Pettitte (2-2) in the opener of a

three-game series Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. Shields is 0-4

with a 4.18 ERA in his last five road games against the Yankees.

… Baltimore RHP Jason Hammel (6-2) and Boston LHP Jon Lester

(3-4) are scheduled starters for Tuesday night’s game at Fenway

Park. … The Orioles purchased the contract of RHP Steve Johnson

and optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk. To make room for Johnson on

the 40-man roster, LHP Zach Britton (left shoulder) was transferred

from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day one.