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MLB: Baltimore 2, Tampa Bay 1

June 2, 2012 at 7:38 PM   |   Comments

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., June 2 (UPI) -- Brian Matusz limited Tampa Bay to two hits through 7 1/3 innings Saturday and Baltimore snapped a six-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over the Rays.

Matusz (5-5) allowed only a Sean Rodriguez double in the fifth inning and Ben Zobrist's sixth-inning single in shutting down the Rays.

The left-hander yielded one run, struck out seven and walked three as the Orioles climbed back into a first-place tie with Tampa Bay in the American League East.

Pedro Strop recorded the final two outs of the eighth inning and Jim Johnson remained perfect in save opportunities, notching his 17th, in ending the Orioles' skid.

Endy Chavez knocked a solo homer for Baltimore.

Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson (4-2) absorbed the hard-luck loss, allowing only one earned run on four hits over 6 2/3 frames while striking out eight.

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