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Sirí homers 20, Eflin wins 11 and Rays blank Orioles

Sirí homers 20, Eflin wins 11 and Rays blank Orioles

Zach Eflin pitched seven solid innings to become the AL’s third winner of 11 games, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-0 on Friday in a matchup between the best teams in the American League.

Baltimore, which won 4-3 in 10 innings Thursday night in the opener of the four-game series, leads the AL East with a .608 winning percentage compared to Tampa Bay’s .604. The Orioles trailed the Rays by 6 1/2 games in early July.

Eflin (11-5) allowed two hits, struck out eight and walked one, improving to 10-1 in 11 home starts. The right-hander joined teammate Shane McClanahan and Texas’ Nathan Eovaldi with 11 wins.

After Colin Poche struck out the sideline in the eighth, Pete Fairbanks finished the two-hitter for his 11th save in 12 chances.

Isaac Paredes and Jose Siri homered for the Rays, who snapped a five-game skid and improved to 4-12 in July.

Paredes made it 2-0 with his solo homer off Kyle Bradish (6-5) in the sixth.

Bradish, coming off back-to-back wins in which he didn’t allow a run in 13 1/3 innings, allowed two runs and six hits in six innings.

Baltimore lost for the third time in 13 games, ending a season-high six game road win streak.

Siri hit his team-leading 20th home run off the first pitch from new Baltimore reliever Shintaro Fujinami to lead off the seventh.

Fujinami, acquired from Oakland on Wednesday, retired his next three batters in his Orioles debut.

Harold Ramírez put the Rays up 1-0 with an RBI single in the second inning.

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