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Rays beat Orioles 7-4 in Sarasota



After racking up a spring-record 20 hits Tuesday night, the Rays had 14 more in Wednesday's 7-4 win over the Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota.


It was the fifth straight win for the Rays (13-4-2), which remain on top of the Grapefruit League standings.

There were three homers, including one by RF Wil Myers to lead off the game. Myers has five hits, four for extra bases, the past two games while in the leadoff spot. Manager Joe Maddon said you can see Myers' confidence growing, and it's a good sign to see so many more balls in the air.

INF Sean Rodriguez also hit a two-run homer, with INF Jayson Nix adding one of his own.

In injury news, OF Matt Joyce left after the first inning as a precaution due to neck stiffness. He's day to day, Maddon said. 

On the mound, bullpen hopeful RHP Mark Lowe had another solid outing, charged with two unearned runs in 2 1/3 innings. RHP Josh Lueke and LHP Jake McGee each had scoreless one-inning outings in their second of back-to-back.


[Last modified: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 5:20pm]


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