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O’s outshine Rays in debut

April 2, 2011
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

ST. PETERSBURG (AP) - Jeremy Guthrie allowed three hits in eight shutout innings while outpitching David Price, Brian Roberts and Nick Markakis each drove in two runs and the Baltimore Orioles opened the season with a 4-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays Friday night.

Taking up where they left off during a nice two-month stretch to end last season under manager Buck Showalter, the Orioles ruined a festive evening in which the defending AL East champions hoisted their latest division title banner at Tropicana Field.

They did it with Guthrie outdoing last year's AL Cy Young Award runner-up. Rays newcomers Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon, meanwhile, each went 0-for-4.

Roberts hit a two-run triple off Price in the fifth and scored on Markakis' sacrifice fly. Markakis also had an RBI single in the third.

Ben Zobrist homered in the ninth for Tampa Bay.

In his third opening day start in four years, Guthrie returned 13 batters in a row between Dan Johnson's second-inning double and Zobrist's single leading off the sixth. B.J. Upton double leading off the eighth for Tampa Bay's third hit.

Zobrist homered on the first pitch of the ninth off Jim Johnson. The Orioles reliever struck out Damon and Evan Longoria, then got Ramirez to ground out to finish the combined four-hitter.



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