ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Kevin Gausman pitched six shutout innings, Steve Pearce's opposite-field double snapped a scoreless tie and Nelson Cruz added his major league-leading 22nd home run to help the Baltimore Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-0 on Wednesday.
Pearce homered during a 7-5 victory on Tuesday night, and put the Orioles ahead this time with a line drive to right that drove in Nick Markakis from first base in the fifth inning.
Alex Cobb (2-5) would have gotten through the inning unscathed if second baseman Ben Zobrist hadn't mishandled Markakis' grounder for an error.
Gausman (3-1) allowed five hits and struck out five, including Zobrist and James Loney after the Rays loaded the bases with no outs in the first.
The Rays were blanked for an AL-leading 11th time, finishing with five hits and going 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position.
Zach Britton got his ninth save in 10 opportunities.
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