Matt Moore hit hard in loss to Orioles

Orioles 10, Rays 7

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Tampa Bay's Matt Moore struggled with his command and the Baltimore Orioles took full advantage.

J.J. Hardy, Adam Jones, Alexi Casilla and Nick Markakis had two RBIs apiece and the Orioles hammered the eight-game winner in beating the Rays 10-7 on Sunday.

"Not bad stuff, but the location was not good," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "They were not missing anything. This whole season, really, he has not been a command kind of a pitcher. Earlier in the season he might have been making mistakes that were not being hit. It's not like it's entirely different than early, it's just that the command right now is a little off with his off-speed stuff. They were in bad spots."

Moore (8-2) allowed career highs of nine runs and 12 hits over five innings in his second consecutive loss. The left-hander was coming off a subpar start last Tuesday in which he gave up six runs over two-plus inning in a 10-1 loss at Detroit.

The 8-0 start is obviously gone," Moore said of his undefeated stretch. "It's something that, maybe, was a bit misleading I guess you could say. It definitely shows how our team is playing."

Baltimore, held to one run and six hits in losing the first two games of the series, had 16 hits Sunday.

"He was really just leaving the ball up today," said Orioles left fielder Steve Pearce, who had three hits off Moore. "Everybody was kind of seeing him pretty well. He's a really good pitcher, but he was just leaving his off-speed pitches up. He was getting ahead of hitters, but he couldn't put anybody away and he was just leaving a lot of pitches up in the zone for everybody to hit."

Chris Tillman (6-2) gave up three runs and four hits in six innings. The Baltimore right-hander has won all five of his road decisions this year.

Jim Johnson entered in the ninth with two on and two outs and gave up an RBI single to Jose Labaton that got Tampa Bay to 10-7 -- they trailed 9-1 in the fourth.

The right-hander then retired Kelly Johnson on an infield pop fly to get his 21st save.

Johnson had a run-scoring hit in the sixth for the Rays, who lost for just the fourth time in the last 14 games.

The Orioles took a 2-0 lead in the first on RBI doubles by Hardy and Jones. Manny Machado was hit by a pitch near the knee, but stayed in the game and scored from first on Hardy's hit.

Casilla hit a sacrifice fly, Machado drove in a run with his 27th double this season, and Hardy had a run-scoring double as Baltimore went up 5-0 in the second. Machado has a hit in 24 of his last 26 road games.

"For me, that's really where irrigation kicks in," Moore said. "Two runs in the first, OK, our guys have that. Five runs, it's a whole new ballgame. That's a big number, especially against a guy like Tillman and what their bullpen looks like late in games. It's something that I can't let continue to happen."

Tampa Bay got one run back in the bottom of the second when Evan Longoria doubled and later scored on Desmond Jennings' infield single. Jennings was caught attempting to steal second later in the inning when Machado made a nifty spinning tag.

Casilla had an RBI single and Markakis hit a sacrifice fly during a three-run third to extended the Baltimore advantage to 8-1. Markakis also had a run-scoring double off Cesar Ramos in the seventh.

Jones hit a solo homer to put Baltimore ahead 9-1 in the fourth.

Ben Zobrist hit his first homer since May 1, a solo shot in the fourth off Tillman.

Sam Fuld helped cut the Rays deficit to 10-6 during the eighth on his first homer since May 27, 2011, a two-run shot against Brian Matusz, who gave up three runs and five hits in two-thirds of an inning. Luke Scott also had an RBI single in the inning.

NOTES: Tampa Bay opens a three-game home series Monday night against AL East-leading Boston. ... Longoria was the DH, getting a day off from playing third on the artificial turf. ... Moore tied a team record by giving up six doubles in one game.

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