ST. PETERSBURG — In becoming the second pitcher in Rays’ history to win his first four starts, Tyler Glasnow’s outing Tuesday against the Baltimore Orioles wasn’t his most dominating, but it was impressive nonetheless.Entering the series opener against Baltimore, Glasnow had been dominating. But on Tuesday, he had to grind, throwing a 26-pitch first inning. And for just the second time this season he had to pitch from behind. Despite an elevated pitch count early, he found efficiency by pitching to contact.“I think it’s just a matter of putting your head down," Glasnow said. “Every inning should just be the same mentality-wise. It was a little tough in the first there but I felt good. I just kept attacking.”With the 4-2 win — the Rays improved their majors-best record to 13-4 — Glasnow joined Matt Moore as the only Tampa Bay pitchers to win each of their first four starts (without a no-decision). Moore started the 2013 season 5-0.“I think you can argue this was one of his better starts so far just because it didn’t come so easy for him, or at least it didn’t appear to come easy,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "You’re going to have some starts where everything is clicking and the results appear to be coming a lot easier, but that wasn’t the case today. ... He had to stay sharp, stay focused and settle everything down and that’s what he did.”Glasnow threw seven innings, allowing just two runs on seven hits. He recovered from a shaky first inning in which an aggressive Orioles batting order manufactured a run on three singles five batters into the game.Glasnow struck out a season-low three batters (he recorded 11 strikeouts in his last start), but was able to get through some quick innings by keeping the ball in play.He needed fewer pitches (24) to get through innings four through six than he did to get through the first (26). He induced an inning-ending double play ball that completed a five-pitch fourth inning and recorded a nine-pitch sixth inning with a strikeout and a pair of groundouts.“Just went out and attacked, and I wasn’t worried about strikeouts,” Glasnow said. “Just trying to execute and and it ended up working for me.”Glasnow continued to establish the first-pitch strike — he logged eight called first-pitch strikes with his fastball — which forced the Orioles to swing early in the count. Glasnow threw 15 of 27 first-pitch strikes (55.0 percent). He entered the night having thrown first-pitch strikes to 68.8 percent of hitters, the third highest rate in the AL.“Throwing first-pitch strikes initiating the swing from the opposition (helps),” Cash said. “And in all fairness, I don’t think too many guys want to go too deep into counts with him because they know that when he gets deeper in counts, his stuff seems to play up even more.”The Rays managed just seven hits on the night, but were able to get three runs out in the fourth inning, two on Avisail Garcia’s two-run homer to straight-away center. Garcia hit a first-pitch hanging slider from Dylan Bundy and took it 427 feet. The Rays scored their first run on Yandy Diaz’s sacrifice fly.“We never give up on anything,” Garcia said. “If we’re losing, we’re going to try to come back and win the game. That’s what the goal is. You never give up. You try to do your best every single day and every single at-bat.”Glasnow’s deep outing gave the team’s bullpen a light day, which is good for the Rays since they might have to use an opener for the next three days.“Every game the goal is to go as deep as I can and just let the bullpen come in after,” Glasnow said. “Our team is so good that you get a couple in a game and there’s a lot of confidence there. It’s definitely good to go and get that seven innings." Contact Eduardo A. Encina at email@example.com. Follow @EddieInTheYard.