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Rays vs. Orioles final score: Evan Longoria hits 3 home runs as Tampa Bay defeats Baltimore

Evan Longoria led Tampa Bay past Baltimore, hitting three home runs.

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The Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Baltimore Orioles, 4-1, on the final day of the regular season. The win gave the Rays the series after they took two of three from the Orioles. Tampa Bay was led by third baseman Evan Longoria, who went 3-for-4 and hit three solo home runs. Longoria ended the season with 17 home runs in just 74 games played this year.

Tampa Bay also got a strong outing from starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson who went 5⅓ innings where he allowed zero runs, one hit and struck out six.

The Rays actually had a shutout into the eighth inning before reliever Joel Peralta gave up a sacrifice fly to center fielder Adam Jones, which knocked in shortstop J.J. Hardy. That would be the only run that Tampa Bay would allow on Wednesday night. Fernando Rodney would come in the top of the ninth and put out the one batter he faced to earn his 48th save of the season.

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