Orioles take down Rays

St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Flaherty's RBI single highlighted a two-run eighth inning that helped the Baltimore Orioles to a 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in the opener of a three-game set.

Matt Wieters singled to open the eighth and Steve Clevenger doubled to right two batters later to put runners at second and third. After a brief power delay, Joel Peralta (1-2) walked Steve Pearce and Flaherty ripped one into right that plated Wieters and give the visitors a lead.

Nick Markakis grounded into a force out to push Clevenger across and make it a 5-3 game heading to the home half of the eighth.

Darren O'Day (1-0) pitched a scoreless seventh to earn the win and Tommy Hunter stranded the bases loaded in the ninth to secure his ninth save of the season.

Baltimore starter Chris Tillman allowed three runs on five hits over six-plus innings in the no-decision.

Pearce homered for the Orioles, who snapped their two-game losing streak. Nelson Cruz and Wieters each collected two hits with a run scored in the win.

Chris Archer also received a no-decision for Tampa Bay after he surrendered three runs on seven hits with a walk and six strikeouts.

Evan Longoria homered and Ben Zobrist knocked in a run for the Rays, who had won four of five coming in.

05/06 23:14:12 ET