By the third inning last night, it became evident the Rays clearly were in the proper frame of mind.
Rookie Wade Davis gave up one run over eight innings in another sparkling performance against the Orioles, Evan Longoria had two hits during a seven-run third, and Tampa rolled to an 8-1 victory.
Jason Bartlett drove in two runs for the Rays, who are 4-0 against the Orioles at Camden Yards and 6-1 overall. Tampa Bay owns the best road record in the majors (30-16) despite losing two of three to the first-place Yankees over the weekend.
“You go to New York and there’s a lot of emotion. Then you come here and it’s not nearly as . . . vibrant,’’ Rays manager Joe Maddon said, choosing the last word carefully. “We talked about that. I felt we came out ready to go. Our pregame was good.’’
Playing against the worst team in the majors before a crowd of 12,792, the Rays found enough inspiration to win for the 10th time in 13 games.
“It can be pretty mentally draining to play three games in New York then come anywhere else and not have some kind of letdown,’’ Longoria said. “We kept our focus, and tonight was a good start to the series.’’
Davis (7-9) gave up seven hits, walked one, and struck out three. The righthander is 9-11 in his brief big league career, but in three starts against Baltimore he’s 3-0 with an 0.75 ERA.
Rangers 8, Tigers 6 — Nelson Cruz’s two-run homer in the 14th inning gave visiting Texas the victory in a game that was marred by two injuries.
Detroit lost its sixth straight game despite two home runs from Miguel Cabrera.
The game had a scary moment in the sixth inning when Rangers reliever Dustin Nippert was hit in the head by Austin Jackson’s line drive. The ball landed in left field for a double as Texas players, coaches, and trainers raced toward the mound. Nippert quickly sat up and walked off the field under his own power.
Detroit lost third baseman Brandon Inge for 4-6 weeks after he broke his left hand when he was hit by a pitch from Scott Feldman in the third inning.
Marlins 9, Rockies 8 — Pinch hitter Donnie Murphy hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning as host Florida tripped Colorado and ace Ubaldo Jimenez in a game that featured five lead changes. Jimenez gave up six runs, four earned, in 5 1/3 innings — his shortest outing of the season — and has an ERA of 6.39 in his past five starts. He said he tired after three innings pitching on a muggy, 87-degree night.
“It’s crazy pitching here,’’ he said. “You get so tired and exhausted. I’m not going to use that as an excuse.’’
Diamondbacks 13, Mets 2 — Host Arizona chased Mike Pelfrey after 1 1/3 innings and Mark Reynolds drove in four runs with a triple and his 21st home run as part of a season-high 18-hit attack as the Diamondbacks rolled to victory.
White Sox 6, Mariners 1 — Alex Rios hit a go-ahead, two-run home run and had three RBIs as visiting Chicago snapped a three-game losing streak.
Giants 5, Dodgers 2 — Nate Schierholtz hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning and visiting San Francisco dropped Los Angeles to 0-5 since the All-Star break.
Brewers 3, Pirates 1 — Prince Fielder and Rickie Weeks each hit home runs for the second consecutive game and Chris Capuano won for the first time in more than three years to lead visiting Milwaukee.
Reds 7, Nationals 2 — Johnny Cueto pitched six innings around a rain delay and drove in two runs to lead host Cincinnati.
Indians 10, Twins 4 — Trevor Crowe drove in two runs and had a career-high four hits, and visiting Cleveland collected a season-best 20 hits in its fifth straight win.
Astros 11, Cubs 5 — Jason Castro hit a three-run homer and Carlos Lee had a two-run double in a five-run first inning as Houston won at Wrigley Field.
Royals 5, Blue Jays 4 — Alberto Callaspo’s RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning enabled host Kansas City to snap a six-game skid.