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One swing, and the Orioles have a grand time beating the Tampa Bay Rays

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To the Tampa Bay Rays, four runs seems like a mountain.

To the Rays, four runs feels like a week’s worth.

To the Rays, four runs seems insurmountable.

Imagine their feelings, then, when the Orioles scored that many with one swing of the bat Saturday night? Chris Davis hit a 3-2 pitch some 400 feet for a third-inning grand slam, leading Baltimore to a 5-1 victory against the light-hitting Rays, who mustered only five hits.

Tampa Bay is now 9-20 since it started the season 40-30.

Pitcher Erasmo Ramirez, who had been trying for this ninth victory, gave up five hits in the the third inning, three singles and then Davi’s shot on a 3-2 fastball. The Rays are 7-13 for the month, ahead of only Baltimore and Texas.

Matt Moore, who has not gone more than five innings in any of his four starts, pitches today for the Rays.

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

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