ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Chris Davis homered for the sixth straight game and the Baltimore Orioles overcame a club-record 15 strikeouts by James Shields to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0 Tuesday night, pushing the AL East race to the final day of the season.
Baltimore began the night one game behind the first-place New York Yankees, who were trailing Boston in the ninth inning.
Orioles rookie Miguel Gonzalez (9-4) limited the Rays to two singles over 6 1-3 innings. The right-hander walked two and struck out seven before manager Buck Showalter turned the game over to the bullpen.
Davis joined Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson as the only Baltimore players to homer in six consecutive games, connecting off Shields (15-10) in the fourth. The Orioles managed only one other hit - Nate McLouth's sixth-inning single - in Shields' third complete game.