Loney, Rays even series with Orioles
Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - James Loney finished 3-for-3 with three RBI and one run scored to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 6-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles in the middle test of a three-game set Wednesday at Camden Yards.
Kelly Johnson and Shelley Duncan each smacked solo homers, while Yunel Escobar added an RBI single to help the Rays snap a four-game skid.
Matt Moore (3-0) struck out seven and limited the O's to two runs on five hits and three walks over 6 2/3 frames to earn the victory.
Adam Jones stroked a two-run homer to account for Baltimore's offense, while starter Chris Tillman (0-1) was charged with four runs allowed on six hits and two walks over five frames for the Orioles, who took the opener of the series, 5-4, on Tuesday.
Johnson gave the Rays a jolt in the first, when he crushed a one-out homer into the bleachers in right-center field.
After the O's stranded runners on the corners in the bottom half, Duncan doubled the lead when he launched a slider into the first row in left-center field with one out in the second.
Baltimore finally broke through in third, when Manny Machado reached on a fielder's choice before Jones followed with a two-out drive into left-center field that hit the top of the fence and bounced back into play.
Jones coasted into second with a double, but the umpires got together and reviewed the play, which was eventually ruled a home run that brought the O's even at 2-2.
Tampa Bay quickly answered in the top of the fourth. Evan Longoria launched a leadoff double off the right-field wall before Duncan smacked a one-out single and moved to second on the throw to the plate to put two runners in scoring position.
Loney then scorched a sinking line drive to center that dropped just in front of Jones to score Longoria and Duncan and make it 4-2.
Tampa Bay tacked on an insurance run in the sixth on Escobar's RBI single that plated Loney, who added an RBI single in the eighth to push the lead to 6-2.
Baltimore, meanwhile, failed to move a runner into scoring position after Jones' blast in the third.
Rays manager Joe Maddon was ejected in the top of the fifth inning for arguing a call at second base ... Moore improved to 3-2 lifetime against the O's ... Baltimore went 0-for-1 with runners in scoring position and left eight on base ... The Rays went 4-for-11 with RISP and left seven on base.
04/17 22:36:45 ET