- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - The Baltimore Orioles were done in by walks and Jake Odorizzi.

Odorizzi took a two-hitter into the seventh inning and Tampa Bay coaxed four consecutive walks with two outs to score the go-ahead run during a 2-0 victory over the Orioles on Wednesday night.

Odorizzi (1-0) allowed two hits and struck out seven in 6 2-3 innings. Jeff Beliveau, Kevin Jepsen and Brad Boxberger finished the three-hitter as the Rays gave rookie manager Kevin Cash his first victory and avoided being swept in the opening series at Tropicana Field.

“We walked too many, and struck out too many times,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.

Baltimore’s Miguel Gonzalez (0-1) retired the first two batters in the Rays sixth, then walked Evan Longoria and Desmond Jennings. Pinch-hitter Brandon Guyer and Logan Forsythe drew walks from Brian Matusz to give the Rays their first lead of the year.

“I was just a little off with the fastball, especially in the stretch,” Gonzalez said. “If I would have minimized those walks, I probably could have gone a little deeper in the game.”

Odorizzi limited the Orioles to one hit - Ryan Lavarnway’s third-inning double - until Alejandro De Aza singled with one out in the sixth.

“I just wanted to do my part, for sure,” Odorizzi said.

Gonzalez escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the first by getting Jennings to ground into an inning-ending double play. Jennings initially was ruled safe at first base, however the call was overturned after Showalter requested a replay review, costing the Rays a run.

Jennings’ RBI single made it 2-0 in the eighth. Boxberger allowed a leadoff single in the ninth before striking out Steve Pearce, Travis Snider and Adam Jones for his first save.

Gonzalez gave up one run, three hits and five walks in 5 2-3 innings. Orioles pitchers yielded eight walks overall.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Orioles: C Matt Wieters (right elbow) threw at about 100 feet. … SS J.J. Hardy (left shoulder) is slated to start taking swings Thursday. … OF David Lough (left hamstring) could start a minor league rehab assignment next week. … 2B Jonathan Schoop was hit in the arm by pitch in the third inning but stayed in the game.

Rays: 1B James Loney was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain. … LHP Drew Smyly (left shoulder) will pitch for Class A Charlotte Thursday night and could return in late April or early May. … Closer Jake McGee (left elbow) will throw batting practice Thursday.

NICE SCHEDULING

The Orioles will not play a game outside the Eastern time zone until June 1, when they open a series at Houston. The Rays, meanwhile, play 25 of their first 28 games against AL East rivals. The opening stretch comes of the heels of Tampa Bay facing the other four teams in the division in half their 30 spring training games.

DAVIS’ DEFENSIVE DEBUT

Chris Davis made his first start at first base since serving a 25-game suspension for a positive amphetamine test.

The Baltimore slugger is 0 for 6 with three strikeouts after going hitless in three at-bats Wednesday. Davis was the DH Tuesday, the day he was reinstated from the restricted list.

UP NEXT

Orioles: Baltimore returns home for its Camden Yards opener against Toronto on Friday. Right-hander Bud Norris will get the start for the Orioles, with lefty Mark Buerhle starting for the Blue Jays. … Pitching coach Dave Wallace will miss Monday’s home game against the Yankees to attend a funeral.

Rays: Manager Kevin Cash remains undecided on who his starting pitcher will be Friday for the opener of a weekend series at Miami.

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