GAME SUMMARY: Miguel Gonzalez pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning as the Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-0 at Tropicana Field on Saturday night.
Gonzalez (3-1) allowed four hits in 7 2/3 innings, walking one and striking out six.
Brad Brach recorded the last four outs for his first career save.
The Orioles (11-11) scored three runs in the third inning on a two-run double by Steve Pearce and an RBI single by Chris Davis off Chris Archer (3-3).
Caleb Joseph added his second home run in the sixth inning.
It was the Orioles’ first shutout of the season, and the third time Tampa Bay (13-11) has been shut out.
THE GOOD: The Orioles string of quality starts continue. Each of their last three starters have pitched at least seven innings and allowed two or fewer earned runs.
THE BAD: How about the predictions from certain people (me) that the series might not draw 10,000. Through two games, nearly double that figure showed up. On Saturday night, 12,789 were at Tropicana Field.
THE UGLY: The Orioles had a 29-inning scoreless streak at Tropicana Field before they scored three runs in the fifth.
NOTABLE: Brach’s first save came in his 165th career appearance.
PEARCE LOVES FLORIDA: Thanks to his two-run single in the third inning, the temporary second baseman has 11 RBIs in 18 games at Tropicana Field. Pearce is a native of nearby Lakeland, Fla.
GOING THE OTHER WAY: Davis’ third inning single was hit against the shift.
GOING DEEP: The Orioles have homered in each of their 11 wins.
NO ERRORS: This broke a streak of five straight games with an error for the Orioles.
COMING UP: Nathan Karns (1-1, 4.76) faces Wei-Yin Chen (0-1, 2.78) on Sunday at 1:35 p.m.
MORE ORIOLES: Orioles attendance takes big hit this weekend