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.