BALTIMORE — Mark Trumbo hit his major league-leading 43rd home run to break an eighth-inning tie and carry the Baltimore Orioles past the Tampa Bay Rays, 2-1 on Sunday.
Manny Machado also homered for the Orioles, who salvaged a split of the four-game series against the last-place Rays.
Baltimore came in trailing first-place Boston by three games in the AL East and tied with Toronto for the two AL wild cards. The Red Sox and Orioles begin a four-game series at Camden Yards on Monday night.
After missing two straight games with back spasms, Trumbo returned to provide Baltimore with a much-needed win. With one out in the eighth, the Orioles’ cleanup hitter drove the first pitch from Ryan Garton (1-1) far over the center-field wall.
Brad Brach (10-3) pitched the eighth and Zach Britton got three outs for his 45th save in 45 tries. After Tampa Bay got a runner to second with one out against Britton, the lefty struck out pinch-hitter Logan Forsythe and retired Alexei Ramirez on a grounder to shortstop.
Corey Dickerson homered for the Rays, extending the team’s streak of games with a long ball to 14. The drive put Tampa Bay ahead 1-0 in the fifth inning.
Despite giving up only one run and five hits over six innings, Rays starter Jake Odorizzi ended up with his major league-leading 16th no-decision of the season. The right-hander is 6-1 since July 10.
Orioles starter Wade Miley allowed one single over four shutout innings, then left with upper back cramps after warming up in the fifth.
That put an end to perhaps his best performance since joining Baltimore on July 31. The left-hander was 1-5 with an 8.41 ERA in eight starts as an Oriole.
Miley was replaced by Darren O’Day, who was activated from the disabled list before the game. The sidearmer’s first pitch since Aug. 11 was hit by Dickerson into the left-field seats.
Tampa Bay loaded the bases with one out in the sixth against Donnie Hart before Dickerson hit into a double play.
Machado led off the bottom half with his career-high 36th home run and fourth in 32 career at-bats against Odorizzi.
In the seventh, the Orioles got runners to second and third with one out against Danny Farquhar. After Adam Jones struck out, Dana Eveland threw a third strike past pinch-hitter Drew Stubbs.
IT’S A STEAL
Rays CF Kevin Kiermaier stole his 18th consecutive base in the fourth inning. He’s 20 of 22. The Orioles have 17 steals as a team, on 28 attempts.
Rays: 1B Nick Franklin (hamstring) hasn’t played since Thursday and is “still pretty sore,” according to manager Kevin Cash. … C Bobby Wilson left the team because of a death in the family.
Orioles: To make room for O’Day (shoulder), 1B Steve Pearce (forearm) was moved to the 60-day DL, ending his season. Baltimore also purchased the contract of INF Trey Mancini from Triple-A Norfolk.
Rays: Tampa Bay is off Monday. Unbeaten in his last 10 starts, LHP Drew Smyly (7-11, 4.98 ERA) starts Tuesday night at home against the Yankees.
Orioles: Dylan Bundy (9-5, 3.88) faces Boston’s Rick Porcello (20-4, 3.12) on Monday night.