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(Thursday, May 8th)
Final Score: Baltimore 3, Tampa Bay 1
St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Steve Pearce hit a two-run homer to help the Baltimore Orioles sweep a three-game series over the Tampa Bay Rays with a 3-1 win on Thursday.
Pearce and Adam Jones each had two hits and Jonathan Schoop drove in a run for the Orioles, who have won three straight and six of their last eight.
"We got a lot of good hitters on this team and we're starting to gel together," Pearce said.
Ubaldo Jimenez (2-4) earned the win after surrendering just one run on seven hits with three strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
Evan Longoria drove in Tampa Bay's lone run and Yunel Escobar doubled as the Rays dropped their third straight and fourth out of their last five.
David Price (3-3) was tagged with the loss after allowing three runs on nine hits in five-plus innings.
"You've got to give Baltimore credit. They did work some extended at-bats (against Price), a lot of foul balls," said Rays manager Joe Maddon.
The Rays took an early lead in the first. Desmond Jennings was safe on a force out and moved to third on Matt Joyce's flyout. Longoria's two-out, line- drive single plated Jennings.
J.J. Hardy got aboard with a two-out double in the second before Pearce belted a fastball over the left-field wall to give the O's a 2-1 lead.
Baltimore added another run in the fourth. Jones and Pearce were aboard with two outs before Schoop's single up the middle scored Jones.
Jimenez's outing ended in the sixth after Wil Myers and David DeJesus both singled with one out to put runners at the corners. Ryan Webb came on to face Escobar, who reached second on a fielder's choice as Myers got caught in a rundown for the second out of the inning. Webb got out of the jam by getting Ryan Hanigan to ground out.
Darren O'Day came on to pitch the ninth for Baltimore, but Hanigan greeted him with a leadoff single. Ben Zobrist also singled before Jennings bounced into a double play. Matt Joyce grounded out to first as O'Day earned his second save of the season.
Baltimore is now 5-0 against Tampa Bay this season ... This was Baltimore's first three-game sweep at Tampa Bay since April 1-3, 2011 ... Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis has hit safely in 18 of his last 19 games and owns a 15- game hitting streak ... Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey was ejected for arguing a check-swing call on Jones in the first inning ... Myers extended his hitting streak to six games ... Tampa Bay's starting pitchers have allowed three runs or less in six straight starts.
05/09 03:03:02 ET