B.J. Upton, Moore help Rays beat Baltimore

Published June 03, 2012

| Associated Press

B.J. Upton hit a tiebreaking two-run double, Matt Moore won for the first time after losing four straight decisions and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-4 on Sunday.

Upton gave the Rays a 4-2 lead with a two-out hit off Jake Arrieta (2-7) in the fifth. Arrieta walked three during the inning.

Moore (2-5) allowed two runs and seven hits over six innings. The left-hander had four losses in five starts since beating Seattle on May 1.

Matt Wieters and Mark Reynolds homered for the Orioles, who have lost seven of eight. Arrieta, 0-5 over his last six starts, gave up four runs, two hits and four walks in 4 2-3 innings.

The Rays extended the lead to 8-2 during a four-run sixth, aided by a pair of Baltimore errors.

Wieters made an errant throw from behind the plate attempting to pick off Ben Zobrist at third. After Elliot Johnson hit an RBI single, another run scored when third baseman Steve Tolleson misplayed Jose Molina's grounder. Carlos Pena added a sacrifice fly.

Tampa Bay took a 2-1 lead in the fourth when Matt Joyce drove in Pena with a sacrifice fly. Upton also scored from second on the play when Baltimore center fielder Adam Jones made a bad throw attempting to get Upton out at third.

Reynolds tied it at 2 on an RBI single in the fifth. He also had an eighth-inning solo shot.

Wieters put the Orioles up 1-0 on a second-inning leadoff homer. Baltimore then failed to score any additional runs despite having two on with no outs. Steve Pearce hit a fly ball and both Tolleson and Robert Andino struck out.

Wieters also had a run-scoring hit in the ninth.

NOTES: Orioles INF Wilson Betemit was out of the lineup because of a fever. ... Tampa Bay RHP James Shields (6-3) will pitch against New York LHP Andy Pettitte (2-2) in the opener of a three-game series Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. Shields is 0-4 with a 4.18 ERA in his last five road games against the Yankees. ... Baltimore RHP Jason Hammel (6-2) and Boston LHP Jon Lester (3-4) are scheduled starters for Tuesday night's game at Fenway Park. ... The Orioles purchased the contract of RHP Steve Johnson and optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk. To make room for Johnson on the 40-man roster, LHP Zach Britton (left shoulder) was transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day one.

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