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Davis hits slam, Orioles beat Rays 7-5

  • Article by: MARK DIDTLER
  • Associated Press
  • June 17, 2014 - 9:50 PM

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Chris Davis hit a replay-delayed grand slam and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-5 on Tuesday night.

Davis was awarded a slam off Erik Bedard (3-5) during a five-run third-inning after a video review showed his drive struck the foul pole. He reached second base on an opposite-field shot down the left-field line. The review that lasted 1 minute, 18 seconds revealed the ball hit the pole a few feet above the wall, and Davis was given a home run.

The Orioles also got a two-run homer from Steve Pearce.

Sean Rodriguez and Desmond Jennings homered for Tampa Bay, which is 5-16 in its last 21 games.

The Rays pulled within 5-2 in the bottom of the third when Rodriguez and Jennings hit consecutive solo homers off Miguel Gonzalez (4-4). Jennings has four homers in 22 at-bats against the Baltimore right-hander.

Tampa Bay made it 5-4 on James Loney's two-run double during the fifth.

Baltimore went ahead 7-4 on Pearce's two-run drive in the seventh. Tampa Bay got one run back on Yunel Escobar's eighth-inning sacrifice fly.

Gonzalez, activated from the 15-day disabled list before the game, allowed four runs and eight hits in five innings. He had been out since May 31 due to a strained right oblique.

Zach Britton pitched the ninth for his eighth save.

Bedard gave up five runs and four hits over four-plus innings.

NOTES: Rays LF David DeJesus stayed in the game after he ran hard into a low fence near the foul pole while chasing Davis' homer. ... Baltimore C Matt Wieters had season-ending right elbow ligament replacement surgery. The Orioles are hopeful that he will be ready for opening day next year. ... Tampa Bay RHP Jeremy Hellickson (elbow) struggled in his third rehab start with Triple-A Durham, allowing seven runs and 12 hits in 2 2-3 innings. ... Baltimore INF Michael Almanzar (left knee) is scheduled play for the rookie-level GCL Orioles on Friday. ... The Rays signed RHP Brent Honeywell, taken 72nd overall in the 2014 draft. ... To make room on the roster for Gonzalez, RHP Josh Stinson was designated for assignment. ... Orioles RHP Kevin Gausman (2-1) and Rays RHP Alex Cobb (2-4) are the scheduled starters for Wednesday's series finale.

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