- The Washington Times - Friday, September 18, 2009

BALTIMORE | Wade Davis had just thrown a four-hit shutout to earn his first major league win, but getting the game ball wasn’t nearly enough to mark the occasion.

During the postgame television interview, the rookie got a shaving-cream pie to the face from Tampa Bay teammates Matt Garza and Evan Longoria. That was followed by a beer shower in the clubhouse.

With Davis leading the way, the Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-0 on Thursday night to salvage a split of the four-game series at Camden Yards.

Making his third big league start, Davis (1-1) struck out 10 and walked two in his first complete game. The right-hander worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the first, then permitted only one runner past first base in the final eight innings.

Davis capped the performance by striking out the side in the ninth. He threw 124 pitches.

Then came the antics. It was only the second victory in 15 games for the Rays, who desperately needed a reason to smile.

“The shaving cream didn’t taste very good,” Davis said. “But it’s fun. It’s supposed to be.”

The 24-year-old was coming off a horrid outing in Boston in which he yielded eight runs in 2 2/3 innings. His effort against the Orioles lowered his ERA from 8.38 to 4.34.

“I didn’t get to watch too much film, and maybe I should have,” said Baltimore’s Nick Markakis, who went 0-for-4. “You’ve got to tip your hat. He threw a great game.”

Davis outdid seven Baltimore pitchers, led by Mark Hendrickson (5-5), who gave up two runs and five hits in 3 1/3 innings in his first start since May 12. The left-hander was removed from the rotation after going 1-4, then made 42 relief appearances before returning as a starter in place of rookie Brian Matusz, who has been shut down for the rest of the season. Hendrickson is 1-5 as a starter and 4-0 out of the bullpen.

Michael Aubrey had two hits for the Orioles, who failed for the 10th time this season to win a four-game series. They’re 0-5-5 in that scenario.

Baltimore wasted an opportunity to grab an early lead. After a walk, a double and another walk loaded the bases with no outs in the first inning, Markakis hit into a forceout at the plate, Melvin Mora struck out and Luke Scott hit a routine fly to right.

“The first inning, you couldn’t have scripted it any better, the way we started the game,” manager Dave Trembley said. “But then when you get nothing out of it, boy, he’s got to take a deep breath and go, ‘OK, here we go.’ ”

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