ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Ryan Flaherty and Nick Markakis both drove in a run after a power outage delay in the eighth inning and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 on Tuesday night.
The 19-minute delay came after a series of lights went out at Tropicana Field. The outage was soon after Steve Clevenger's one-out double off Joel Peralta (1-2) put runners on second third.
After Steve Pearce walked, an RBI single by Flaherty and Markakis' run-scoring grounder gave Baltimore the two-run lead.
The Rays announced that Duke Energy, which provides electricity to the ballpark, said the problem was caused by lightning striking a nearby transformer.
Evan Longoria hit a two-run homer for the Rays, who loaded bases with one out in the ninth but failed to score against Tommy Hunter. The Orioles closer got a fly ball from Desmond Jennings and struck out Logan Forsythe to pick up his ninth save
Baltimore loaded the bases with no outs in the both fourth and fifth against Chris Archer, but scored just once in both innings on sacrifice flies. J.J. Hardy hit a sacrifice fly that tied it during the fourth before the Orioles went up 3-2 on Adam Jones' fifth-inning fly ball.
Tampa Bay pulled even at 3 when Ben Zobrist hit a sacrifice fly off Darren O'Day (1-0) in the seventh.
Longoria put the Rays ahead 2-0 with his fourth homer of the season off Chris Tillman in the first.
Pearce cut the deficit to 2-1 with a third-inning homer.
Tillman allowed three runs and five hits over six-plus innings. Archer gave up three runs and seven hits in five innings.
NOTES: Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said 1B Chris Davis (strained left oblique) is making good progress but that it's a long shot that he will be activated from the 15-day DL when eligible Sunday. "He's moving in a good manner," Showalter said. ... Orioles LHP Johan Santana (shoulder) will make his second extended spring training start Saturday after a two-inning outing Monday. "He feels good today," Showalter said. "That was good to see." ... Markakis extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a first-inning single. ... Showalter said Orioles prospect Kevin Gausman (pneumonia), the fourth overall pick in the 2012 amateur draft, will pitch Saturday for Triple-A Norfolk. ... Tampa Bay recalled RHP Brad Boxberger from Triple-A Durham. ... Orioles RHP Bud Norris (2-2) and Rays LHP Cesar Ramos (1-1) are Wednesday night's scheduled starters.
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