Tampa Bay starter Jeremy Hellickson allowed four hits and three walks in five-plus innings. He was pulled after J.J. Hardy led off the sixth with a single.
Jake McGee, who struck out all four batters he faced on Wednesday night, came in and struck out pinch-hitter Lew Ford, Jones and Chris Davis. It was McGee's 18th consecutive scoreless appearance since July 18.
To that point, the game's only run came in the fourth inning. Singles by Zobrist and Evan Longoria put runners at the corners before Jeff Keppinger hit a sinking liner to center. Jones made a fine diving catch, and Zobrist tagged up from third and scored.
NOTES: An MRI on Baltimore RHP Jason Hammel showed no new damage to his right knee, and he hopes to return soon. "It's probably the best situation we could have," he said. ... Jennings returned to the Tampa Bay lineup after missing four games with back tightness. ... Tampa Bay 2B Ryan Roberts fouled a ball off his left ankle in the 11th and left the game. X-rays were negative. ... David Price (17-5, 2.54 ERA) will start Friday night for Tampa Bay against CC Sabathia (13-5, 3.56) . ... Baltimore has held the Rays to 10 runs in the last seven games between the teams. ... Right-hander batters are 9 for 93 (.097) against McGee. ... TB's B.J. Upton went 0 for 6 and was 1 for 14 in the series.
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