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Rays miss chance for sweep when Davis homers in 11th to give Orioles 7-6 victory

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BALTIMORE — The Tampa Bay Rays were three outs away from a three-game sweep of the skidding Baltimore Orioles when closer walked to the mound with a two-run lead, looking for his 34th save.

Two batters later, the score was tied.

The game went into extra innings — rarely a good thing for Tampa Bay. Sure enough, homered on a 3-0 pitch from in the 11th inning to give Baltimore a 7-6 victory Wednesday night.

hit two home runs and had a solo shot for the Rays, who blew a four-run lead before Boxberger gave away a 6-4 advantage in the ninth.

After walking , the right-hander served a changeup that slammed into the seats beyond the wall in left.

Baltimore was 0-61 when trailing after eight innings.

"You want a sweep when you can, especially in our situation," Boxberger said. "For me, not being able to hold that kind of lead is not expected. So, it's just one of those it's tough."

The Rays had made up some ground in the wild-card chase by winning the first two games of the series, but this one hurt — especially because Baltimore came into the game with a six-game losing streak and in a 1-12 slump.

Longoria consoled himself with knowing that there are worse things than winning two of three.

"We have to put some series together like we did here to give ourselves a chance in the end," he said.

In the 11th, Andriese (3-5) missed on three straight pitches before throwing one down the middle that Davis hit deep into center field. It was his second homer of the game and 38th of the season.

Andriese worked around the plate until the ill-fated pitch.

"I didn't want to give him anything good to hit, but I fell behind 3-0," the right-hander said. "I thought he would be hacking on 3 and 0 and tried to get a pitch on the outer half, but, no, it kind of ran into his barrel there."

Tampa Bay is 2-11 in extra-inning games this season.

(5-2), the last of seven Baltimore pitchers, tossed two hitless innings.

Tampa Bay went up 5-4 in the sixth when Arencibia and hit successive doubles off rookie .

Longoria added a solo drive off in the ninth. It was his second multihomer game of the season and 15th of his career.

But Boxberger couldn't hold the lead, and Tampa Bay's modest three-game winning streak ended.

Although the scoring didn't begin until the third inning, there was plenty of excitement early. robbed of a first-inning homer with a leaping catch at the wall in left, and threw out trying to score on a single to center in the second.

Tampa Bay went up 4-0 in the third, the key blows a solo shot by Arencibia and a two-run drive by Longoria, his 200th home run. It was the second homer in two games for Arencibia, who didn't have any this season before Tuesday night.

Baltimore pulled even in the bottom half. hit an RBI single and scored on a double by before Davis capped the uprising with a two-run drive to center.

The four runs were more than the Orioles scored in each of their previous six games.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: OF (left hand fracture) will take batting practice with the team for a few days, then go on a short rehabilitation stint with Triple-A Durham before possibly rejoining the team, manager said. ... CF returned after missing Tuesday's game with a right ankle sprain.

Orioles: RHP will miss time with shoulder inflammation and tendinitis, but said he was "excited" that an MRI showed no structural damage.

ON DECK

Rays: After taking Thursday off, the Rays send to the mound Friday night to start a three-game series at Yankee Stadium.

Orioles: Baltimore gets Thursday off before launching a three-game series in Toronto on Friday night.

PHOTO: Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria, bottom left, and Brandon Guyer are greeted by teammate Logan Forsythe after Longoria batted Guyer in on a home run in the third inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria, bottom left, and Brandon Guyer are greeted by teammate Logan Forsythe after Longoria batted Guyer in on a home run in the third inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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