ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Baltimore Orioles are having great success in one-run and extra-inning games.
Taylor Teagarden broke out of a long slide with an RBI double in the 10th inning, Miguel Gonzalez threw seven scoreless innings, and the Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0 on Sunday.
Baltimore has won 10 consecutive one-run games dating to June 22 and 11 straight extra-inning contests.
“We have a great team … we battle,” Gonzalez said. “We’re not going to give up. Keep working hard, getting better, and things are going to work out for us.”
Teagarden has just three hits in 28 at-bats overall this season, including a game-winning homer in the 13th inning on July 14 against Detroit.
“We were talking in the dugout that we had the right man in the right place,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.
Teagarden started the season on the disabled list with a strained back and was out until mid-July.
Joel Peralta (1-4) walked Mark Reynolds with one out in the 10th and threw a called third strike past Omar Quintanilla. Teagarden, in a 1-for-25 slide, lined a two-out drive to left-center.
Luis Ayala (3-3) got three outs in the ninth, and Jim Johnson finished for his 32nd save in 35 chances as both teams pitched three-hitters.
“Our guys did a lot of things well to make a difference in a real close game,” Showalter said. “Well pitched on both sides.”
Tampa Bay All-Star David Price, bidding for his 15th win of the season, allowed just two hits in eight innings, struck out five and walked three.