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Orioles gain lead in AL east with win over Rays, 4-2

Nelson Cruz(23) hits an RBI in last nights game against the Tampa Bay Rays
Nelson Cruz(23) hits an RBI in last nights game against the Tampa Bay Rays
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After the night of five homers and nine runs, the Baltimore Orioles took 3 hours and 37 minutes to get the 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Baltimore, leads the league in home runs improve to a record of 12-28 when not scoring with the long ball. This win extends their lead in the AL east with seven games over the New York Yankees.

Nelson Cruz drove in a run for the Orioles, who updated their record to 10-4 against Tampa Bay. Eva Longoria hit for two RBIs; the Rays have lost 7 out of their 10 games since going 500 on August 15th.

Going into the 6th inning tied, Schoop delivered an RBI single against Grant Balfour(1-6).

In the seventh inning, the Orioles tallied nine hits with eight of them being singles and an RBI double by Nelson Cruz that made the score 4-2 in the Seventh.

Brad Brach was brought in and got four outs as a reliever for Wei-Yin Chen and Zach Britton. The Orioles reliever pitched into the ninth inning for his 28th save of the year.

The Orioles rookie pitcher Kevin Gausman will start as they face the Rays in Wednesdays lineup. The Rays are starting with Left-hander Drew Smyly, who has an 0.64 ERA against Baltimore.