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Rodriguez takes perfect game into the 6th, Rutschman hits grand slam in Orioles' 9-2 win

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Grayson Rodriguez took a perfect game into the sixth inning, Adley Rutschman hit a grand slam and drove in six runs, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 9-2 on Sunday.

Anthony Santander also homered for the Orioles, who lead the majors with 102. Baltimore has taken the first three-games of the four-game set, and have won 13 of 17 overall.

Tampa Bay has dropped 12 of 16 at home.

Rodriguez (7-2) retired 15 in a row before walking Taylor Walls to begin the sixth. Yandy Díaz singled for the Rays' first hit with two outs before Brandon Lowe ended Rodriguez's day when he hit an RBI single to complete a 10-pitch at-bat.

Dillion Tate replaced Rodriguez and allowed an RBI single to Randy Arozarena that cut the Orioles lead to 3-2. He struck out Jonny DeLuca after walking Josh Lowe to load the bases.

Baltimore got both runs back in the seventh when Rutschman had an RBI single and Ryan Mountcastle hit a run-scoring grounder.

Rutschman made it 9-2 on his base-loaded homer off Phil Maton in the eighth. Maton, who signed a $6.5 million, one-year contract with the Rays in February, had his ERA climb to 6.56 from 5.24.

Rodriguez allowed two runs, two hits and one walk and struck out six in 5 2/3 innings. The 24 year old right-hander threw a career-high 107 pitches.

Díaz and Arozarena had two hits each as the Rays finished with six.

Rutschman drove in a run on a single in the third and Santander homered in the fourth off Zack Littell (2-4) to give Baltimore a 2-0 lead. Colton Cowser made it 3-0 on a run-scoring triple during the sixth.

Littell gave up three runs and seven hits over six innings.

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