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Rays continue to slump at home

Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon has no answers for his team's offensive woes at home.

J.J Hardy hit a grand slam, Nick Markakis added a solo shot and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Rays, 9-3, yesterday in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Jake Arrieta (5-1) allowed two runs and four hits in six innings for the Orioles, who took two of three from Tampa Bay.

The Rays have not scored more than five runs in any of their 22 home games, which is the longest stretch to open a season since the 1908 Brooklyn Superbas. "It's no fun," Maddon said. "I've really tried to analyze it and think it all the way through, and I have no idea."

The Rays are averaging just 2.77 runs at home. They average 6.17 runs on the road.

The task doesn't get any easier for the Rays, who play the Yankees for the first time this season Monday night in the opener of a two-game series in Florida.

"I may have seen, like, a little bit of tiredness out of the boys over the last two days, so [Monday] we're going to move everything back," Maddon said. "They're going to come to the ballpark later. They're not going to hit on the field. Just get loose and play a game. We're going to go American Legion."

Rangers 5, Angels 4: Chris Davis homered and later drove in the tiebreaking run with an eighth-inning single for visiting Texas. Adrian Beltre also homered for the Rangers, who won two of three against AL West-leading Los Angeles after having won only one of their previous nine series. The defending AL champion Rangers moved within a half-game of the division lead.

White Sox 4, Athletics 3: Alexei Ramirez had three hits, including a home run off previously unbeaten Trevor Cahill, and Mark Buehrle (3-3) won for only the second time in 15 appearances in Oakland. Cahill (6-1) gave up four runs, just two of them earned, and a season-high 10 hits in seven innings.

-- AP


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