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Baldelli hit a two-run, pinch-hit homer off Mike Gonzalez in the seventh to make it 8-7.

The drive came in his first at-bat for Tampa Bay since 2008.

“It was one of the nicest homers I’ve ever hit,” Baldelli said. “It was nice to get back in there, it really was. I waited a long time for it. But I would have taken a strikeout if we won the game, to be honest with you.”

Alfredo Simon (4-2) worked a perfect eighth and Koji Uehara got three straight outs for his sixth save.

Orioles starter Chris Tillman allowed three runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings. Recalled from Triple-A Norfolk before the game, Tillman retired the side in order only once and was aided by two double plays.

Riding a six-game win streak, Rays starter Wade Davis gave up four runs and six hits in five innings.

After Tampa Bay wasted a two-out triple by Carl Crawford in the top of the first, Baltimore took a 2-0 lead in the bottom half. Brian Roberts walked and was caught leaning toward second when Davis threw wildly on a pickoff attempt. Roberts ended up on third and scored on a single by Markakis, who advanced on two walks and came home on a sacrifice fly by Patterson.

Zobrist ended a 1-for-15 slide in the third with his eighth home run. In the Baltimore half, Felix Pie walked and Patterson hit a high fly to right that cleared the 25-foot scoreboard for a 4-1 lead.

In the Tampa Bay fourth, Joyce hit a triple and Upton drew a two-out walk before Roberts made a sensational diving catch of a liner to second base that appeared destined to make it to the outfield.

Notes: Cal Ripken Jr. threw out the ceremonial first pitch to mark the 15th anniversary of the day he tied Lou Gehrig’s record for consecutive games played. … Tillman has yielded 20 homers in his career, 16 of them solo shots. … Davis’ errant pickoff throw ended a run of 10 straight errorless games by the Rays. … Qualls’ run of six straight scoreless outings ended.