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BALTIMORE -- Matt Joyce and Ben Zobrist hit two-run doubles, and Kelly Johnson added a solo home run in a six-run ninth inning as the Tampa Bay Rays rallied for a 10-6 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday at Camden Yards.

The Orioles led the entire game after a four-run first inning, but Tampa Bay (22-20) kept chipping away and finally took the lead with the big ninth, when Baltimore closer Jim Johnson blew his second straight save opportunity.

Johnson had converted a club-record 35 in a row before losing a 2-1 lead against San Diego on Tuesday. Johnson gave up five runs on three hits in one-third of an inning against the Rays.

Baltimore took a 6-4 lead into the ninth before Kelly Johnson hit a solo home run off Jim Johnson. The right-hander then walked two and gave up a bloop single to Desmond Jennings, loading the bases for Joyce, who lined a two-run double that gave the Rays a 7-6 lead.

Joyce finished with two doubles, a home run and five runs batted in. Ten of Tampa Bay's 11 hits went for extra bases.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter pulled Johnson (1-4) and brought in Darren O'Day.

Zobrist greeted him with his two-run double to right. Luke Scott later drew a bases-loaded walk before Kelly Johnson grounded into an inning-ending double play.

Alex Torres (1-0) got the victory thanks to four innings of hitless relief starting in the fifth. Josh Lueke closed it in the ninth, but there was no save.

The Orioles (23-19) have lost four in a row and given up 45 hits in the last three games.

Baltimore appeared to be in command early when Adam Jones and Chris Davis hit back-to-back home runs off starter Roberto Hernandez as part of a four-run, seven-hit first inning.

But the Rays began to rally in the third when Yunel Escobar hit an RBI double, and Joyce added a two-run home run later in the inning to make it 4-3.

The Rays finished the inning with four extra-base hits off Jair Jurrjens, making his first start with Baltimore.

Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon pulled Hernandez after the right-hander hit Davis to start the third. Cesar Ramos came on and gave up an RBI double to Hardy later in the inning.

The Orioles made it 6-3 in the fourth when Nate McLouth scored as Jones, who had three RBIs, grounded into a force play. McLouth had singled, stolen second and moved to third on Nick Markakis' third hit of the game.

Tampa Bay added a run in the fifth on Joyce's bloop double to left that McLouth barely missed with a sliding attempt. That made it 6-4, and the Orioles appeared in command when relievers Tommy Hunter and Brian Matusz combined for three shutout innings before turning it over to Johnson in the ninth.

NOTES: J.J. Hardy's infield single in the first inning extended his hitting streak to 13 games. ... Jair Jurrjens' first strikeout, when he got Ben Zobrist to end the top of the first inning, was right-hander's 500th in his major league career. Jurrjens finished with five strikeouts. ... Jose Molina's third-inning double was reviewed by the umpires on video after the ball hit right at the top of the center-field fence. The umpires ruled it was not a home run. Molina came out of the game because of a left hamstring injury after starting the top of the fifth with his second double. ... The Rays finished the game with eight doubles and two home runs.
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