Tampa Bay Rays
to a 5-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles in the opener of a three-game set.
Evan Longoria worked a leadoff walk against Darren O'Day (2-1) before O'Day struck out Ben Zobrist and induced a fly out off the bat of James Loney. Brian Matusz then came on and Sands, who replaced David DeJesus, belted a towering shot that curled around the left-field foul pole to give the Rays a 5-3 lead.
Juan Carlos Oviedo allowed a solo homer to Delmon Young with one out in the ninth, but recorded the final two outs without conceding another hit to pick up his first save of the season.
Jerry Sands smacked a go-ahead, pinch-hit two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the