BALTIMORE-Matt Joyce had a two-run double and Wil Myers added a two-run single as the Tampa Bay Rays broke the game open in the ninth en route to a 7-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday night at Camden Yards.
Joyce lined a T.J. McFarland pitch for a two-run, bases-loaded double to right in the ninth, giving the Rays (72-52) a 5-2 lead. He also had a sacrifice fly in the third, the last time the Rays previously scored.
Myers then greeted Jim Johnson with a broken-bat single to right, adding two more runs for a 7-2 lead that sent much of the crowd heading for the exits. Tampa Bay finished with four runs on six hits in the ninth. The Rays finished 7-for-15 with runners in scoring position and had 15 hits overall.
The timely offense helped Alex Cobb (8-2), who gave the Rays six-plus strong innings. He was making his second start since coming off the disabled list due to a concussion he suffered when getting hit by a line drive in June. He gave up just two runs and three hits and kept the Orioles (67-58) quiet throughout.
Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar both had RBI singles to help the Rays win for the seventh time in eight games. Fernando Rodney came on in the ninth and earned his 29th save.
Baltimore starter Miguel Gonzalez (8-6) gave up three runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings and lost his third straight game. The right-hander's now gone five starts without a win.
Matt Wieters hit a two-run homer in the ninth for the Orioles, his second homer of this series, but Baltimore finished with only five hits.
A Gonzalez throwing error helped the Rays score the game's first run. Joyce walked to start the second and was still there with two outs when a Gonzalez pickoff attempt hit him and bounced away.
Joyce moved to second on the play and then scored on Yunel Escobar's broken-bat single to center for a 1-0 lead.
Tampa Bay returned the favor in the bottom of the inning thanks to an Evan Longoria error. The Rays third baseman was playing in the second base spot thanks to a shift against Wieters, who hit a slow grounder toward him. Longoria bobbled the ball and flipped it late to first. That let Wieters reach with two outs.
J.J. Hardy then walked, and Ryan Flaherty drove in Wieters with a single to right.
The Rays took the lead back in the third. Zobrist ripped an RBI double down the right-field line to score Desmond Jennings from first. He later scored on a Joyce sacrifice fly for a 3-1 lead.
NOTES: Orioles 1B Chris Davis got an assist and a putout on the same play in the second. Jose Molina hit a shot that Davis momentarily couldn't handle. It bounced toward 2B Ryan Flaherty, who then threw back to Davis for the out. ... Escobar's RBI single in the second extended his hitting streak to a season-best nine games. ... Jennings had a rough first at-bat leading off the game. He fouled off a Gonzalez pitch, and the ball went straight down and then bounced back and hit him in the right eye. Jennings was momentarily shaken up but stayed in the game.