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              === Rays triumphant despite 15 hits from Orioles ===
 
 Baltimore,  MD (Sports  Network)  - David  Price didn't  put  forth a  vintage
 performance,  but  one still  good enough  to help  the Tampa  Bay Rays open a
 three-game  series against  the Baltimore  Orioles with  a 4-3  win at  Camden
 Yards.
 
 Working out of several jams, the reigning AL Cy Young Award recipient held the
 Orioles  to two  runs  despite  surrendering 10  hits  over  a stressful  five
 innings.  The effort  improved Price (7-5) to 6-1 in 10 starts since returning
 from the disabled list on July 2.
 
 "They're tough. They're fighting for after-September baseball just as we are,"
 Price said of the Orioles. "That's an extremely tough team, but we made some
 pitches when we needed to. I had some hard hit balls at some guys. You have to
 have that fortune sometimes."
 
 Jake  McGee and Fernando Rodney combined for 2 1/3 scoreless frames to protect
 the one-run lead, with Rodney finishing out the ninth for his 28th save.
 
 Baltimore  squandered  opportunities all evening  long en route to their fifth
 loss  in seven  games. The Orioles recorded 15 hits, including three each from
 Matt Wieters, Danny Valencia and J.J. Hardy, but left 15 men on base.
 
 "We had men on base and created opportunities. We just weren't able to get
 that big hit," Orioles center fielder Adam Jones said. "Just imagine if we had
 none and left nobody on base, then we'd really be getting cussed out."
 
 The  Rays made better  use of their chances, getting a two-run homer from Matt
 Joyce and a solo blast out of Evan Longoria that helped deny Chris Tillman his
 15th  victory of  the  season. Both  players  finished with  two  hits in  the
 triumph, Tampa Bay's fifth in six outings.
 
 Tillman  (14-4)  served up  both homers and  was reached for  four runs in six
 innings.  Three of his  four defeats this season have come at the hands of the
 Rays.
 
 Wieters  homered  and drove in two  runs for Baltimore, while Valencia went 3-
 for-4 with an RBI double.
 
 Joyce snapped a 2-2 tie in the top of the fourth inning by following a walk to
 Yunel  Escobar with  a long drive over the scoreboard in right field. However,
 Price nearly allowed the Orioles to close the gap in the bottom of the frame.
 
 Valencia  and  Steve Pearce began Baltimore's  half of the fourth with singles
 and  a flyout placed  runners at the corners with just one out. Price was able
 to  bear down, however, and strike out All-Stars Manny Machado and Chris Davis
 to keep it a 4-2 game.
 
 The Orioles threatened once more in the fifth, loading the bases with two outs
 on  a pair  of singles and a walk  to Valencia, but again came away empty when
 Pearce bounced into a force play.
 
 Baltimore  did get  back a run in  the seventh, when Wieters took Joel Peralta
 deep  for his 18th homer of the season. Valencia and Pearce each singled later
 in  the inning to bring the tying run to third with two out, but McGee came on
 to retire Brian Roberts and preserve the lead.
 
 The  Orioles'  last good  chance came when  Davis doubled with  one out in the
 eighth  before McGee  struck out  the next  two hitters.  Hardy had  a leadoff
 single  against Rodney in the ninth, but pinch-runner Alexi Casilla was caught
 stealing second.
 
 Baltimore finished 2-for-14 with men in scoring position.
 
 Longoria  quickly staked  Tampa Bay to a  1-0 edge with his second homer in as
 many  days, a  two-out blast in the  bottom of the first, and the Rays touched
 Tillman for another run in the second.
 
 Back-to-back  singles by Escobar and Joyce put men on first and third with one
 out.  Tillman got Jose  Molina to pop up in foul territory on the first pitch,
 but  Kelly Johnson  came through  with a  single through  the right  side that
 plated Escobar for a 2-0 advantage.
 
 Valencia,  who  entered the game  7-of-10 lifetime against Price, doubled home
 Hardy in the bottom of the second to cut Baltimore's deficit in half. However,
 the Tampa ace again minimized the damage. With two in scoring position and one
 out, Price induced a short fly ball from Pearce before retiring Roberts to end
 the inning.
 
 It  was  much the same in  the bottom of  the third. Wieters crushed a one-out
 double  off the wall in center that knocked in Machado with the tying run, but
 Price  fanned  Hardy with runners on  second and third and Nick Markakis flied
 out to strand two more.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The Rays had gone 0-6 when Price failed to last seven innings in a start prior
 to  Monday's result ... Tillman had won six straight starts at home and hadn't
 lost  at Camden Yards since a 3-1 setback to the Rays on May 19 ... Longoria's
 homer  was his  fourth in 24 career  at-bats against Tillman, who has given up
 seven  homers  in four  2013 meetings  with Tampa Bay  ... Rays center fielder
 Desmond  Jennings,  out since August 3  with a fractured finger, was activated
 from  the 15-day  DL and went 1-for-4  with a walk ... Markakis was dropped to
 seventh  in the  batting order, his first  time in that slot since May 6, 2007
 against Cleveland.
 
 
 08/20 01:48:59 ET