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MLB: Tampa Bay 6, Baltimore 2

May 6, 2011 at 11:26 PM   |   Comments

BALTIMORE, May 6 (UPI) -- Brandon Guyer hit a two-run homer in his first major league plate appearance Friday, starting the Tampa Bay Rays on their way to a 6-2 win over Baltimore.

Guyer was brought up from Class AAA Durham to take the roster spot left vacant when pitcher Jeff Niemann went on the 15-day disabled list. He did not take the bat off his shoulder while working a 3-1 count against Zach Britton and then hit the next pitch over the wall in left to give the Rays a 3-0 lead.

Tampa Bay got a two-run home run from Johnny Damon in the ninth en route to its second straight win.

James Shields (3-1) got the victory, giving up a run on three hits in 7 1/3 innings. He did not allow a hit until the fourth.

Britton (5-2) surrendered three runs in 5 1/3 innings.

The Rays were swept by Baltimore in a three-game series early in the season as part of an 0-6 start. Tampa Bay has rallied to stand only one game behind the division-leading New York Yankees in the American League East.

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