Tampa Bay blasts Baltimore 12-7

By Taylor Ellis ,

The Tampa Bay Rays (35-39) won an offensive shootout over the Baltimore Orioles (42-39) 12-7 to take three out of four games in the series between the AL East rivals.

Rays pitcher Alex Cobb (3-6) pitched five innings, allowing eight hits and four runs, though just three were earned. Though he didn’t have a great performance, the Rays 18 hits helped Cobb get the win.

Outfielder Matt Joyce went 5-for-6 with four RBIs, including a home run in the third inning that ended a 124 at-bat home run drought, according to MLB.com.

Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzales (3-4) was relieved after 4.2 innings in which he allowed three runs and eight hits. Orioles reliever Evan Meek (0-3) took the loss after he allowed four runs in his inning of relief.

The Rays' 12 runs scored was their most in a game since mid April. The offensive show included seven runs in the sixth inning, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

The Rays have won 11 of their last 18, but still hold the worst record in the Major Leagues.

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