“To be able to shut them out in their building, it’s pretty impressive on Brad’s part,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.
Bergesen (1-4) picked up his first victory since last Sept. 21 at Boston. The right-hander entered 0-5 with a 9.13 ERA in five career starts against Tampa Bay.
“Let’s just go out and have a good time, and you saw it,” said Fox, who caught Bergesen. “He pitched relaxed. He was throwing the ball well. He was hitting spots. You could tell on his face he was having fun today.”
“I think we’re headed in the right direction,” Fox said.
“It’s a funny game,” Bergesen said. “It’s just small, small adjustments. I’m throwing strikes, but my misses are missing in the zone. So today I really wanted to focus on making my pitches. If I was going to miss, I was going to miss off the plate or down.”
Baltimore recorded consecutive complete games—Jeremy Guthrie(notes) went the distance in Friday night’s 3-0 loss to the Rays—for the first time since Sidney Ponson(notes) and Rodrigo Lopez(notes) did so July 10 and 11, 2003, respectively
Tampa Bay had runners on first and third with one out in the first, but Bergesen got out of trouble by getting a double-play grounder from Evan Longoria(notes). The Rays had a runner reach third in each of the first three innings, but failed to capitalize.
Vladimir Guerrero(notes) put Baltimore up 1-0 on a first-inning RBI double. After Adam Jones(notes) hit a run-scoring single in the seventh, Derrek Lee(notes) extended the Orioles’ advantage to 6-0 when he drove in a run with a double one inning later.
Davis gave up four runs and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings. The right-hander had gone 4-0 over his previous five starts, however it was the third straight outing that he has surpassed 100 pitches in six innings or less.
“He threw 106 pitches today, and that’s got to go away,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said. “Overall, he’s just coming off some pitches. The results haven’t been horrible to this point, but it’s just his fastball command is the issue to me. We’ve got to get him more pitch efficient and better fastball command.”
Baltimore leadoff hitter Brian Roberts(notes), mired in a 2-for-35 slide, had two hits in five at-bats. Showalter hasn’t considered taking Roberts out of the top spot, saying before the game that the second baseman is the best option and will continue to hit there.
NOTES: Rays RF Matt Joyce(notes) left with cramping in his right quadriceps. Maddon said Joyce was OK. … Upton was back in the lineup after a two-game suspension for his tirade after he was ejected May 4. … Baltimore RHP Justin Duchscherer(notes) (strained left hip) is expected to throw three innings at extended spring training in four or five days. He had a two-inning outing on Friday. …Maddon said DH Johnny Damon(notes) will play in the outfield once during a three-game interleague series next weekend at Florida. … Orioles C Matt Wieters(notes) was rested.