by Steve Carney
The Tampa Bay Rays pick up a 4-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles thanks to an error in the ninth inning on a seldomly-used rule.
Wil Myers led off the ninth off Dylan Bundy with a double, and moved to third base on a wild pitch. Then after block a Bundy pitch in the dirt, catcher Luis Exposito used his mask to pick up the ball, which is a one-base error and allowed Myers to score the winning run.
Tampa Bay's main offense came within a span of three batters in the fourth inning, as Kelly Johnson drew a walk from Kevin Gausman with two out in the inning. Evan Longoria followed up with a double into the left-centerfield gap to bring in Johnson, and Luke Scott greeted Gausman's relief, Mike Belfiore, with a two-run homer to right to make it 3-0.
Baltimore countered in the fifth inning, as Jeff Niemann gave up a one-out single to Nolan Reimold, his final batter of the afternoon. Reliever Juan Sandoval walked Nate McLouth, and Matt Wieters made him pay with a three-run blast.
Niemann allowed just four hits and one of the three runs, walking three and striking out three.
Tampa Bay returns to Port Charlotte Friday for a matchup with the Philadelphia Phillies. Matt Moore is scheuled to start against John Lannan. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05.