American League Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Baltimore
(Wednesday, September 12th)
Final Score: Baltimore 3, Tampa Bay 2
Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Nate McLouth's hit in the bottom of the
ninth inning sent the Baltimore Orioles past the Tampa Bay Rays, 3-2, in the
middle test of a three-game series from Camden Yards.
Kyle Farnsworth (1-5) served up a leadoff single to Manny Machado, and Robert
Andino sacrificed him to second. McLouth stepped in and drilled a line drive
to right which bounced off the wall several feet inside the foul pole,
allowing the winning run to score easily.
"He's a baseball player and he can hit," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said
about McLouth. "He enjoys the competition and you can see it. He's constantly
engaged in the action."
The hit made a winner of Jim Johnson (2-1), who allowed two hits in the top of
the ninth but kept the game deadlocked.
Matt Wieters and Wilson Betemit drove in a run each for the Orioles, who have
won the first two games in the series and seven of their last 10.
Baltimore remained in a tie atop the AL East after the Yankees pulled out a
5-4 win in Boston later Wednesday.
B.J. Upton homered and Ben Francisco added an RBI single for the Rays, who
have dropped four of their last six. Tampa Bay has fallen three games behind
the Yanks and O's.
Upton began the game with a homer to left, but the O's struck back with two in
the home half on back-to-back RBI singles from Wieters and Betemit.
Tampa tied the score in the third, as Jeff Keppinger singled with one out,
moved up on an Evan Longoria base hit and scored on a Francisco single.
Baltimore stranded two in the eighth, failing to break the deadlock after a
double from Wieters and walk to Mark Reynolds.
The Rays could have taken the lead in the ninth, but Rich Thompson, who was a
pinch-runner for Keppinger, was caught in a rundown between third and home on
an infield hit by Longoria.
Machado, who snagged the ball on the infield grass, faked a throw to first
then tossed behind the runner, who was eventually tagged out by Wieters.
"They got the big hit and we didn't. That's what it comes down to," Rays
manager Joe Maddon said about the ninth inning. "We have to figure out a way
to score a run there."
Baltimore has won eight of 14 over Tampa in the season series ... Orioles
starter Miguel Gonzalez allowed six hits and two runs, with five walks and
four strikeouts over six innings, while Rays hurler Alex Cobb departed after 4
2/3 frames, serving up seven hits and two runs while fanning six ... A win
tonight put the Orioles 18 games over .500 for the first time since the end of
the 1997 season ... Upton, who also stole a base, reached the 30-steal mark
for the fifth consecutive season.
09/13 01:09:54 ET
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