Orioles squelch Rays’ win streak
BALTIMORE - Matt Wieters hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning and the Baltimore Orioles blunted the Tampa Bay Rays’ playoff push with a 4-2 comeback victory last night.
Evan Longoria homered for the Rays, whose winning streak ended at five games. Tampa Bay now trails the Red Sox by four games in the AL wild-card race after winning eight of nine.
The Rays led, 2-1, in the sixth before the Orioles rallied to snap a skid at three games.
With the score tied at 2, Tampa Bay reliever J.P. Howell (2-3) retired the first two batters in the eighth before Vladimir Guerrero singled. Adam Jones entered as a pinch runner and Howell threw over to first base five times - including three in a row - before serving up a 1-1 pitch that Wieters drove into the left-field seats.
Troy Patton (1-1) retired all three batters he faced before Jim Johnson got the final out for his fifth save. It was Patton’s first major league win.
Both starters pitched brilliantly but did not receive a decision.
Tampa Bay’s David Price allowed two runs, one earned, and four hits in 6 2/3 innings. He is 0-2 against the Orioles, the only team to beat him twice this year.
Alfredo Simon was just as good. The righthander gave up two runs and six hits over seven innings and had a career-high nine strikeouts, including Desmond Jennings three times.
Simon retired 12 straight batters and took a 1-0 lead into the sixth. After B.J. Upton drew a one-out walk and stole second, Longoria sent a 1-and-1 pitch over the left-field wall.