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BALTIMORE - Matt Moore earned his major-league-leading eighth victory, and Luke Scott and Matt Joyce hit solo homers as the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Baltimore Orioles 3-1 on Sunday at Camden Yards.

Moore (8-0) pitched seven innings, allowing a run on five hits. He struck out three and walked one while lowering his earned run average to 2.29.

Joel Peralta worked the eighth inning and Fernando Rodney pitched a scoreless ninth for his eighth save in 11 chances.

Tampa Bay (23-20) swept the three-game series and has won nine of its last 11 games.

Adam Jones had two hits and an RBI for the Orioles (23-30), who have lost five straight.

With the score tied 1-1, Scott led off the fifth and hit a 1-1 pitch from Oriole starter Chris Tillman (3-2) over the wall in right center for his third home run of the year to put the Rays ahead to stay.

Instant replay was called on when, with one out in the sixth, Joyce hit a drive down the right-field line that hit near the foul pole. The first-base umpire called the ball fair and Joyce ended up on second with a double.

Oriole manager Buck Showalter came out to argue that the ball was foul, while Tampa Bay's Joe Maddon came out to argue as well, as a replay appeared to indicate the ball hit the base of the foul pole just above the right-field wall for a home run.

After a lengthy on-field discussion, the umpires reviewed the replay and ruled it a home run for Joyce, his eighth.

Entering Sunday, Oriole pitchers had surrendered 45 hits and 30 runs over the last three games. Tillman improved on that, allowing three runs and five hits in six innings.

He retired the first eight Rays he faced before surrendering a two-out walk to Yunel Escobar in the third. Desmond Jennings followed with a double down the left-field line to make it 1-0.

The Orioles got a break in the fourth when Manny Machado led off with a drive to right-center. Center fielder Jennings and right fielder Joyce converged and nearly collided as the ball fell in and rolled to the wall.

Machado ended up with a triple and Jones followed with a line drive single to left to tie the score.

NOTES: Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria extended his hitting streak to 13 games. ... Oriole J.J. Hardy's hit streak ended at 13 games. ... Baltimore recalled infielder Danny Valencia from Triple-A Norfolk. He served as the DH Sunday and went 1-for-3. ... Rays left-handed pitcher Jean Beliveau was recalled from Triple-A Durham, and left-handed pitcher Alex Torres was optioned to Durham. Torres pitched four scoreless innings in relief to earn the victory Saturday. ... The Rays recalled right-handed pitcher Jake Odorizzi from Durham, and he'll start Monday at Toronto against R.A. Dickey (3-5, 4.83). ...Baltimore will start Freddy Garcia (0-2, 5.51) against C.C. Sabathia (4-3, 3.19) when they host New York Monday.
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