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Ravs Hit 2 Hrs, Beat Orioles 3-1 For 3-Game Sweep

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BALTIMORE (AP) -- Matt Moore pitched seven innings of five-hit ball to stay unbeaten, Luke Scott and Matt Joyce homered and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-1 Sunday for a three-game sweep.

Moore (8-0) gave up one run, struck out three and walked one. The left-hander has won nine straight decisions, breaking the franchise record of eight set last year by David Price.

The Rays' ninth win in 11 games put them a season-high three games over .500 (23-20) and lifted Tampa Bay into a third-place tie with skidding Baltimore in the AL East. The Rays had been in fourth since April 20.

Adam Jones had two hits, stole two bases and drove in a run for the Orioles, who have dropped five straight - all at home.

Chris Tillman (3-2) allowed three runs and five hits in six innings. He's 1-5 lifetime against the Rays.

Tampa Bay led 2-1 in the sixth inning when Joyce hit a drive that appeared to bounce off the wall near the right-field foul pole. First base umpire Dan Iassogna called it a fair ball but not a home run.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter argued that it was a foul ball and Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon contended it was a home run. After a lengthy meeting, the umpires adjourned to watch a replay and returned with their decision: home run.

Moore and the Tampa Bay bullpen made the advantage stand up. Joel Peralta worked a perfect eighth and Fernando Rodney got three straight outs for his eighth save.

Neither team had a baserunner until Yunel Escobar drew a two-out walk in the third. Desmond Jennings followed with an RBI double on a 3-2 pitch.

In the bottom half, Danny Valencia hit a leadoff double in his first at-bat with Baltimore but was stranded.

One inning later, Manny Machado was credited with a triple after Jennings and Joyce nearly collided on a line drive to right that ticked off Joyce's glove and rolled to the wall. Jones followed with a run-scoring single, then stole two bases but was left at third.

Scott, who played for Baltimore from 2008-11, connected in the fifth for a 2-1 lead. He has at least one RBI in nine of 13 starts this season.

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