Zach Britton survived a shaky first inning and the O's used a three-run seventh to topple the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Friday night in St. Petersburg.
Britton (9-9) gave up two runs in the first but settled down to pitch six strong innings, allowing just four hits and three walks while striking out six. It was Britton's third straight win; he's pitched to a 1.50 ERA over his past three starts.
J.J. Hardy's clutch two out, two-run single in the seventh inning gave the Birds their first lead of the game, and the O's survived another scary outing by Kevin Gregg in the ninth to seal the win.
Gregg allowed a lead-off single and walked the bases loaded before inducing a game-ending ground ball to escape with his 20th save of the season. Hardy made a strong throw and Mark Reynolds made an amazing scoop at first on a bang-bang play...Reynolds looks like a Gold Glover at first base since taking over the position.
Alfredo Simon takes the mound for the O's on Saturday night.