ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Adam Jones hit a go-ahead, two-run single with two outs in a four-run eighth inning, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 Thursday night.
Baltimore, which began the night 5 1/2 games behind Houston for the AL’s second wild card, trailed 3-0 when Jonathan Schoop singled leading off the eighth against Alex Colome (6-5), who relieved Matt Moore at the start of the inning. Pinch-hitters Gerardo Parra and Steve Clevenger singled with two outs, with Clevenger’s hit driving in Baltimore’s first run, and Manny Machado singled to cut the deficit to 3-2.
After a wild pitch and an intentional walk to Chris Davis, Jones followed with a two-run single.
Chaz Roe (4-2) pitched 1 1-3 hitless innings, and Darren O’Day retired three straight batters for his third save, sending Tampa Bay to its fifth loss in six games.
John Jaso homered in the third off Chris Tillman, a drive that landed on the C-ring catwalk above right field and never came down. It was the fifth home run at Tropicana Field that did not come down, the first since Boston’s David Ortiz hit one on Sept. 17, 2008.
Moore gave up two hits while striking out nine in seven innings, his ninth start this season following Tommy John surgery and his third start after a stint in the minors.
Tampa Bay has 30 scoreless outings by starters for the second straight season, the first team to accomplish that feat since the Chicago Cubs did it four consecutive times from 1906-09.
Tim Beckham and Kevin Kiermaier had consecutive run-scoring infield singles in the sixth.
Tillman gave up three runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings. He is 0-4 with a 7.76 ERA in his last six starts.
Orioles: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (right shoulder) might be ready to return in seven to 10 days.
Rays: LHP Xavier Cedeno (left side) was sharp in a simulated game. … LHP Jake McGee (left knee) struggled with control in a simulated game but said his injured left knee is nearing 100 percent. He is scheduled for another simulated game Sunday. … SS Asdrubal Cabrera (knee) could resume baseball activities Saturday.
Orioles: Rookie Tyler Wilson (2-1) is being inserted into the rotation and is to start Friday night.
Rays: LHP Drew Smyly (2-2), coming off an 11-strikeout start Sunday against Boston, faces Wilson.