Orioles 5, Rays 4

Todd Karpovich, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

BALTIMORE -- Jake Arrieta earned his first victory in 10 months, Matt Wieters homered, and the Baltimore Orioles survive a late rally by the Tampa Bay Rays for a 5-4 victory Tuesday night in the series opener at Camden Yards.
The patient Rays forced Arrieta (1-0) to throw 112 pitches in his five-inning outing. However, he still managed to keep the Orioles in the game, allowing just one run on three hits and five walks. He struck out seven. It was Arrieta's first victory since June 13 against Pittsburgh.
Tampa Bay struggled again to get its offense going, finishing 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. However, the bats finally showed some life in the eighth, as homers by Kelly Johnson and Evan Longoria off reliever Pedro Strop pulled the Rays within a run.
Baltimore's Darren O'Day got the last two outs in the eighth, and closer Jim Johnson picked up his sixth save with a scoreless ninth.
The Rays have won just once in their past eight games, and they have lost three of their past four meetings with Baltimore.
Nate McLouth was instrumental in helping the Orioles manufacture a couple of runs. He went 1-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base and two runs. Nick Markakis went 2-for-3 for the Orioles with an RBI and a run, raising his average to .315.
Tampa Bay starter Roberto Hernandez (0-3) allowed four earned runs on five hits with seven strikeouts and three walks.
The Orioles loaded the bases in the sixth with no outs while clinging to a 3-1 lead. Longoria's first error of the season gave Baltimore its fourth run when a throw home sailed wide. The Orioles increased the lead to 5-1 on a fielder's-choice grounder by Ryan Flaherty.
The homers by Kelly Johnson and Longoria gave the Rays a glimmer of hope heading into the ninth, but Jim Johnson retired the side in order, helped by nifty defensive plays by shortstop J.J. Hardy and third baseman Manny Machado.
Tampa Bay entered the series last in the American League in batting (.205), slugging (.288), RBIs (33), total bases (108) and hits (77). The Rays had also hit only five homers, one fewer than the Orioles' Chris Davis, who has six.
However, Tampa Bay got off to a good start when Desmond Jennings clobbered Arrieta's first pitch of the game over the left field fence. It was Jennings' fifth career leadoff homer, with the last coming Aug. 12 at Minnesota.
The Orioles answered in the first when McLouth led off with a walk, stole second and then scored on a double by Machado.
Wieters gave the Orioles a 2-1 lead in the second with a towering home run to right field. After having runners on base for each of their seven homers to start the season, eight of the Orioles' past nine homers have been solo shots.
McLouth was also the catalyst for the Orioles in the third when he led off with a double and then reached third on a passed ball. He then scored the Orioles' third run on an RBI single by Markakis.
NOTES: There was an increased security presence at Orioles Park at Camden Yards one day following the bombings at the Boston Marathon, including bomb-sniffing dogs. Orioles manager Buck Showalter also held a brief team meeting to talk about the enhanced measures and answer any questions. There was a moment of silence for the victims prior to the game. ... Wieters caught Matt Joyce trying to steal second in the second inning, and he now has thrown out four of five attempted base-stealers on the season. ... Both the Orioles and Rays wore the number 42 on the back of their jerseys to honor Jackie Robinson. ... The Rays have still yet to get a hit with the bases loaded this season, going 0-for-11 with two walks.

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