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Orioles 5, Rays 3

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Baltimore Orioles got seven strong innings from Chris Tillman and a shutdown effort from its bullpen Tuesday to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 in the first of a three-game series at Tropicana Field.

The Orioles (16-14) scored twice in the eighth inning off relievers Joel Peralta and Juan Carlos Oviedo to finish off a game of missed opportunities. After loading the bases for the third time in the game, they took a 4-3 lead on Ryan Flaherty's single to right. Nick Markakis bounced into a run-scoring fielder's choice against Oviedo.

Peralta (1-2) took the loss after being charged with two runs on three hits and a walk in a third of an inning.

Baltimore out-hit the Rays, 11-5, but left 10 men on base.

The Rays had tied the game, 3-3, in the seventh inning on a Ben Zobrist sacrifice flyout. Tampa Bay (15-18) chased Tillman when right fielder Wil Myers led off with a single and DH David DeJesus walked, then loaded the bases with one out when reliever Darren O'Day hit DeJesus.

Tillman allowed three runs -- for the sixth time in seven starts this season -- on five hits.

Reliever Darren O'Day won his first decision of the season with a spotless seventh. Tommy Hunter recorded his ninth save despite the Rays loading the bases with one out.

Tampa Bay took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on Evan Longoria's fourth homer of the season. The third baseman mashed an 0-2 pitch from Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman to dead center, scoring left fielder Matt Joyce, who singled with two outs off the glove of third baseman Manny Machado in an exaggerated shift.

The Orioles halved the lead when first baseman Steve Pearce homered leading off the third against Tillman. They tied it in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by shortstop J.J. Hardy, but they squandered a major chance when two singles and an error loaded the bases with no outs.

Baltimore took a 3-2 lead in the fifth on a center fielder Adam Jones' sacrifice fly, but the Orioles again got just one run after loading the bases.

Archer lasted just five innings, allowing three runs on seven hits with a walk and six strikeouts.

NOTES: Orioles 1B Chris Davis took 25 swings and made 30 throws, the first time he attempted both activities since sustaining a left oblique strain. He is eligible to come off the disabled list Sunday but likely will need up to three rehab games in the minors, according to manager Buck Showalter. ... Orioles RF Nick Markakis extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a first-inning single. ... Rays CF Desmond Jennings was selected the AL Player of the Week on Monday after batting .355 with three homers, a double, three stolen bases and eight runs last week.
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