O’s Shutout The Rays, Magic Number Remains At One

Brian Matusz pitches Orioles to 4-0 win over Rays

By FRED GOODALL
AP Baseball Writer
      ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Brian Matusz pitched seven sharp
innings and Nick Markakis drove in two runs with a triple and
single, leading the Baltimore Orioles to a 4-0 victory over the AL
East-leading Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.
      Matusz (9-12) allowed three hits, two of them infield singles.
The rookie walked one, hit a batter with a pitch and matched a
career high with eight strikeouts before being replaced by Jim
Johnson.
      The Rays' magic number to clinch their second playoff berth in
three years remained at one. They retained a half-game lead in the
division over the New York Yankees, who lost 7-5 in Toronto. The
potential clincher drew a crowd of just 12,446 to Tropicana Field –
well below the 23,047 Tampa Bay has averaged this season.
      
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