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BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Baltimore Orioles capitalized on five errors by the Tampa Bay Rays and got two hits and two RBIs from Adam Jones in a 5-3 victory Saturday night.
The Orioles were outhit 7-6 and struck out 12 times but scored three unearned runs to forge their second straight win in this series between the two top teams in the AL East. Baltimore leads second-place Tampa Bay by two games and on Sunday will seek to complete its first three-game home sweep of the Rays since July 2007.
Bill Hall, summoned from the minors earlier in the day, hit a solo homer in the eighth to give the Orioles a two-run cushion.
Orioles starter Brian Matusz (2-4) gave up three runs, two earned, and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings.
Luis Ayala got four straight outs, Pedro Strop worked a 1-2-3 eighth and Jim Johnson finished for his 11th save, the second in two games. Baltimore's bullpen is perfect over 6 1-3 innings in this series.
Tampa Bay starter Matt Moore (1-3) walked four and allowed four hits in 4 1-3 innings. He allowed four runs, only one of them earned.
Brandon Guyer homered for the Rays and former Oriole Luke Scott drove in two runs.
The Rays went up 1-0 in the second on Guyer's home run, his first hit since being recalled from the minors on Wednesday. He has three career home runs, two against Baltimore.
Baltimore scored two runs in the bottom half, courtesy of three Tampa Bay errors. Jones reached on a wild throw by third baseman Sean Rodriguez and advanced on an errant pickoff throw by Moore. After a walk to Matt Wieters and two strikeouts, Jones scored on Steve Tolleson's double to left and Wieters came in when Guyton misplayed the ball in the corner.
In the fifth, two more errors led to two more Baltimore runs and a 4-1 lead. Luis Exposito began the inning by reaching on catcher's interference, J.J. Hardy singled with one out and Nick Markakis walked to load the bases. Jones then bounced a single up the middle to score two runs, and he took second when center fielder B.J. Upton fumbled the ball.
That ended Moore's night.
Tampa Bay closed to 4-3 in the sixth, and this time the Orioles were the ones guilty of shoddy fielding. After grabbing a grounder to third, Tolleson stepped on the base for a force out but threw wildly to first, a miscue that put runners on second and third with two outs. Scott followed with a two-run single on a 3-2 pitch.
NOTES: The Orioles put 3B Mark Reynolds (oblique) on the 15-day DL and purchased the contract of Hall, who started in LF. ... Rays 1B Carlos Pena was not In the starting lineup. He popped out in the ninth and is 3 for 36 with 13 strikeouts in May. ... Hideki Matsui, who was signed April 30 to a minor league contract by Tampa Bay, is expected to travel to Toronto over the weekend to apply for his visa. The Jays will play in Toronto on Monday, but manager Joe Maddon said the timing is a coincidence. ... Attendance was 32,862, the largest at Camden Yards since opening day. ... Baltimore is 12-3 in games decided by one or two runs.
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1. Featured Game: New York AL at Baltimore, 19:05 ET
2. Other Notable Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game)
3. Today’s Complete Schedule
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