ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — B.J. Upton joined elite company by hitting his 100th career homer and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles 2-0 on Friday night.
Upton put the Rays ahead 1-0 on a fourth-inning homer to center off Tommy Hunter (4-7). Upton joins Rickey Henderson, Barry Bonds, Bobby Bonds, Cesar Cedeno, Lloyd Moseby, Eric Davis and Hanley Ramirez as the only players to amass 100 homers and 200 steals before age 28.
Upton turns 28 on Aug. 21. His brother, Arizona’s Justin Upton, also hit his 100th career homer earlier in the night at Philadelphia.
Tampa Bay’s Matt Moore (8-7) improved to 7-2 in his past 11 starts after giving up six hits over 5 1-3 innings. Fernando Rodney, the fourth Rays’ reliever, pitched the ninth for his 32nd save.
Desmond Jennings made it 2-0 on a solo shot in the sixth. Hunter has given up 26 homers this season.