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ST. PETERSBURG, Florida — Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash had the plan in place.

Get five or six innings out of Nathan Karns and turn the game over to the bullpen.

Adam Jones and the Baltimore Orioles ruined it all.

Jones got four hits, including a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning, and the Orioles beat the Rays 4-2 to win a series shifted from Camden Yards.

"We actually had the guys we want out there," Cash said. "We just got beat. They've got a very good lineup, and they put together some good at-bats, drew some walks, got some timely hits."

Karns gave up two hits, both singles by Jones, in five scoreless innings.

Jimmy Paredes' RBI double with two outs made it 2-2 in the bottom of the seventh. Jones was up next, and he delivered a two-run single off Kevin Jepsen, tying his career high for hits in a game.

"We've asked a lot of those guys and they've been outstanding," Cash said. "Today, maybe we did it an inning too soon. It still doesn't change the fact we were going to those guys eventually."

Steve Geltz (1-1) allowed two runs in one inning.

Playing as the home team, the Orioles took two of three at Tropicana Field. The games were moved when rioting broke out in Baltimore earlier in the week following the funeral of Freddie Gray, who died after suffering a spinal cord injury in police custody.

"People have been through worse, man. We're athletes. There's more people in Baltimore that are facing tougher hardships than we're facing," Jones said. "We get to play baseball for a living. You've got to look at the people that actually have to face some hardships. Those are the people back in Baltimore right now."

Tommy Hunter (1-1) threw a perfect seventh for the win. Zach Britton pitched 1 1-3 innings for his fifth save.

After crowds of 9,945 on Friday and 12,789 on Saturday, Sunday's announced turnout was 16,652. Tickets for the series were general admission in the lower bowl, which holds around 18,000.

PHOTO: Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado (13) slides in ahead of a tag by Tampa Bay Rays catcher Rene Rivera during the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 3, 2015, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The game was moved from Baltimore to St. Petersburg due to civil unrest. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)
Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado (13) slides in ahead of a tag by Tampa Bay Rays catcher Rene Rivera during the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 3, 2015, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The game was moved from Baltimore to St. Petersburg due to civil unrest. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

The Rays are averaging 17,545 in home attendance this year.

Baltimore got within 2-1 on Rey Navarro's pinch-hit RBI single in the sixth. Navarro replaced second baseman Steve Pearce, who left because of a stomach illness.

James Loney put the Rays up 1-0 on a home run in the second off Wei-Yin Chen.

Logan Forsythe made it 2-0 with a run-scoring single in the fifth.

Chen allowed two runs and seven hits over six innings.

Tampa Bay wasted a solid scoring chance in the fourth. After Forsythe was tagged out sliding past third base on his try for a leadoff triple, the next two batters reached but were left stranded.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: CF Desmond Jennings (left knee) went on the 15-day disabled list. ... LHP Matt Moore (elbow surgery) threw 25 pitches in his first batting practice session.

Orioles: SS J.J. Hardy (left shoulder) and INF Ryan Flaherty (groin) will both join Double-A Bowie on Monday. ... There is no date yet for when C Matt Wieters (elbow surgery) will start a minor league rehab assignment.

LET'S NOT GO TO THE VIDEOTAPE

Cash dropped to 0 for 10 in challenges when a safe call at second base in the sixth with the Rays on defense was confirmed.

UP NEXT

Rays: Monday night's game at Boston will be just the fourth outdoor game this season for Tampa Bay, which opened the year with 22 of 25 indoors.

Orioles: After an off day, Baltimore opens a two-game series Tuesday night at the Mets. The Orioles will be spending most of the week in New York, following the Mets matchup with four games at Yankee Stadium.

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