BALTIMORE, Md. - Rookie third baseman Manny Machado made a heady play to end a Tampa Bay rally in the top of the 9th inning and then scored the winning run in the bottom of the inning as the Baltimore Orioles swept the Ray's 3-2 at Camden Yards.
Machado fielded a grounder and instead of throwing to first base, he wheeled around and threw back to shortstop J.J. Hardy covering third, who caught a Tampa Bay baserunner in an inning-ending rundown. The rookie led off the 9th with a single and then scored on a double by leftfielder Nate McCloth.
The O's can sweep the three-game series with Tampa Bay if they win Thursday. They remained in a first-place tie with the New York Yankees, who defeated the Red Sox in Boston, 5-4.
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