MLB: Baltimore 1, Tampa Bay 0

Oct. 3, 2012 at 12:01 AM   |   0 comments

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Miguel Gonzalez outdueled James Shields Tuesday and Baltimore kept its American League East pennant hopes alive with a 1-0 decision over Tampa Bay.

Gonzalez (9-4) won his third straight start, baffling the Rays on a pair of hits over 6 1/3 shutout innings. The right-hander issued two walks and struck out seven en route to the win.

Jim Johnson racked up his 51st save for the playoff-bound Orioles, who remained one game behind American League East-leading New York Yankees with one regular-season contest left.

The Yanks edged Boston 4-3 in 12 innings Tuesday.

Chris Davis' long solo homer with two outs in the fourth inning provided the only run as the Orioles evened their season-ending three-game series.

Shields (15-10) took the hard-luck loss despite striking out 15 and yielding only the one run in a complete-game two-hitter.

The right-hander became only the third pitcher in major league history to allow two or fewer hits and fan 15 but still lose a game.

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