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MLB: Tampa Bay 2, Baltimore 0

Aug. 3, 2012 at 10:43 PM   |   Comments

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Matt Moore and four Tampa Bay relievers teamed up for an eight-hit shutout Friday and the Rays beat Baltimore 2-0 in a meeting of wild-card contenders.

Moore (8-7) struck out six over 5 1/3 innings, scattering six hits while walking three to earn his third win in four starts.

Jake McGee, Kyle Farnsworth and Joel Peralta combined for 2 2/3 scoreless relief frames and Fernando Rodney finished the shutout with his 32nd save for the Rays.

Tampa Bay came into the game tied with the Orioles and Detroit 1 1/2 games behind American League wild-card leaders Oakland and Los Angeles.

Desmond Jennings and B.J. Upton each socked a solo homer to provide the offense for Tampa Bay, which won the opener of a three-game series.

Baltimore starter Tommy Hunter (4-7) took the hard-luck loss, surrendering just two runs on six hits over 5 2/3 frames.

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