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BAL@NYY: Matusz tosses 6 1/3 frames of one-run ball

BALTIMORE -- Brian Matusz and Matt Moore have a lot in common.

Both are young lefties who at one point faced high expectations, both are looking to use Saturday's game to bounce back from their worst starts of the year, and both pointed to the same key to getting back on track: Get ahead in the count.

"I've just got to be able to go out and be able to attack the corners and get ahead in counts and just make better pitches," said Matusz, who gave up seven runs on 10 hits over five innings to take the loss against Texas on Monday.

Matusz owns a 1-4 record with a 5.91 ERA through six starts this season.

While he's shown flashes, giving up only one run in 6 1/3 innings on May 1 against the Yankees, he's been unable to consistently play at a level that puts his historically poor 2011 -- 1-9 with a 10.69 ERA -- in the rear-view mirror.

Much was expected of Moore as he entered his first full season in 2012, but to this point the results have not been there. Through six starts he is 1-2 with a 5.71 ERA. On Sunday against Oakland, Moore gave up a season-high eight runs on seven hits in a season-low 4 2/3 innings.

"It's just certain adjustments that have to be made in certain counts to stay in favorable counts for myself," Moore said. "I'm excited to get out there tomorrow night."

Orioles: Relying on the long ball
• After scoring six runs on five homers to notch a 6-5 win against Texas on Thursday, Baltimore scored four runs on three homers to beat Tampa Bay 4-3 on Friday night.

The O's have now smashed a Major League-best 53 home runs this season, with Adam Jones hitting a team-high 10.

• Jones has reached base safely in 30 of 33 games this season.

• With Friday's 4-3 win, the Orioles improved to 11-3 in games decided by two or fewer runs. They have now won 10 straight games that were decided in the seventh inning or later.

Rays: Jennings makes quiet return
• After not playing on Thursday due to a left-knee sprain, Desmond Jennings came on to pinch hit and grounded out to first in the ninth inning on Friday.

Jennings remains day to day.

• Sean Rodriguez extended his hit streak to nine games with a fourth-inning single on Friday. He finished the game 1 for 4.

• B.J. Upton is just 1 for 14 in his past four games after starting the season 16 for 48.

Worth Noting
The Rays and Orioles have both been very resilient this season, battling back to overcome late deficits. The Rays have won four games when trailing after eight innings, the highest total in the majors. The Orioles, meanwhile, have won five games when trailing after seven innings. Last season the O's had a 5-83 record when trailing after seven. Comments