ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Kevin Kiermaier is used to helping win games with his Gold Glove in the field, but he also got it done at the plate Tuesday, hitting a two-run home run in the sixth to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 3-1 win over the Orioles at Tropicana Field.
The Rays (10-10) are back at .500 for the first time since they were 2-2, and their pitchers have allowed only two runs in their three-game win streak. The Orioles (11-8) have dropped four of five now, hitting into three double plays Tuesday.
Kiermaier set the tone for a strong defensive night with a full-speed, running, leaping catch of an Adam Jones line drive at the warning track, one he said meant more to him because Jones has robbed him the same way.
"I know he's taken at least three or four extra-base hits away from me, so that made it definitely a little more extra special," Kiermaier said.
Tampa Bay's bullpen pitched well, with four relievers combining for four innings of scoreless relief.
Enny Romero picked up his first career win after a scoreless sixth in relief of starter Jake Odorizzi. Alex Colome got the final two outs in the ninth for his fifth save of the season.
"I'm so excited right now," said Romero, who was given a game ball and said he would give it to his mother. "Right now, the bullpen can throw exactly what we're needed."
Kiermaier's third home run of the year came off Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez with two outs and an 0-2 count in the sixth after Steven Souza singled to start the rally.
Kiermaier, who made a running, leaping catch at the wall in the first inning to set the tone for a strong defensive night, brought in the winning runs while hitting No. 8 in the order, a night after No. 9 hitter Curt Casali drove in both runs in a 2-0 win over Baltimore.
"The key to the game was them defensively," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "We hit four balls on the button that they defended. It's a tribute to them. ... Their center fielder ran down a ball most people don't. They turned some double plays that not everybody does."
For five innings, the Rays and Orioles traded missed opportunities, with Odorizzi and Jimenez consistently getting into and out of jams, leaving the score tied 1-1.
The Rays had ample chances early. In the first three innings, eight batters came to the plate with a runner at third, but the only one to drive in a run was Desmond Jennings, who had a sacrifice fly in the third to score Logan Forsythe, who had walked and gotten to third on Brad Miller's double.
Immediately after, again with a runner at third, Logan Morrison struck out to end another rally.
Forsythe doubled to lead off the game and took third on a passed ball but was stranded there.
Morrison doubled with one out in the second and stole third with one out but again was left there.
Miller got to second with one out in the fifth, but the Rays struck out twice.
Odorizzi was equally impressive in stranding Orioles runners -- Mark Trumbo singled and J.J. Hardy doubled in the second, but Odorizzi got two outs to keep them off the scoreboard.
Baltimore was able to tie the score in the fourth when Trumbo singled to bring in Chris Davis, who hit a lazy ground ball past third with the Rays shifted hard to the other side for an unorthodox double.
"That's Chris -- people all bear down, rightfully so, on the home runs, but he's a complete player and he takes a lot of pride in being that."
The Orioles had the bases loaded with no outs in the fourth, but Odorizzi induced a weak pop from Jonathan Schoop, then got Caleb Joseph to ground into a double play to survive with a 1-1 tie.
NOTES: In driving in both of Tampa Bay's runs in Monday's 2-0 win, C Curt Casali became just the third Rays player since 2008 to drive in all the runs in a win while hitting in the No. 9 slot. ... With Chris Archer's 10 strikeouts on Monday, the Rays have six 10-strikeout games by starters in their first 19 games, matching the most in the major leagues' modern era. The 2001 Diamondbacks, with Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling, were the last to do so. ... Tuesday's lineup featured the two longest games-started streaks in baseball -- Baltimore's Manny Machado is at 181 and Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria has 123. ... Orioles OF Joey Rickard, taken from the Rays in the Rule V draft, hit safety in 14 of his 16 games played going into Tuesday, and the Orioles were 7-0 when he scores a run.