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Another big homer by the Orioles beats the Tampa Bay Rays, Matt Moore

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Give credit to the Tampa Bay Rays.

When it comes to giving up those gut-wrenching, afternoon-ending home runs, they’re cutting down on the damage.

This time, it was a two-run homer hit by the Baltimore Orioles that led to a 5-2 victory over the Rays on Sunday afternoon. Only a few hours after Chris Davis hit a grand slam for a Saturday night victory, Caleb Joseph knocked a shot out of the park to give the Orioles a 5-0 lead in the fourth inning off Rays’ starter Matt Moore, who has struggled since returning from Tommy John surgery.

The Rays didn’t have a hit until the fourth inning – again – when Evan Longoria and Logan Forsythe hit back to back home runs. But that was it for the low-scoring Rays, who have now lost 21 of their last 30 games. The Rays have now lost eight of their last nine series and have fallen to fourth place in the AL East.

The game was the 100th of the season for the Rays, meaning that if they are going to make a move to make the season interesting, it is time.

For now, there appear to be too many flaws to overcome.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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