by Steve Carney / 620 WDAE
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Baltimore's hitters jumped on Tampa Bay starter Erik Bedard early, tagging him for three of the four runs scored by the Orioles in a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays Friday at Charlotte Sports Park.

Bedard started by giving up a double to leadoff hitter Jemile Weeks, who scored two batters later on a base hit by catcher Steve Clevenger. 

Back-to-back two-out walks to Nolan Reimold and Henry Urrutia would lead the bases, and Alex Gonzalez would bring in two more runs with a single to center before Bedard could get out of the inning.

Heath Bell would fare little better, allowing a single by Weeks, who then stole second, went to third on a flyout by Francisco Peguero, and scored on a wild pitch.

Tampa Bay finally got on the board in the fourth, with Sean Rodriguez scoring on a double by minor-league first baseman Jerry Sands.

The Rays cut the deficit back to a pair in the seventh thanks to three straight hits, including an RBI single by Justin Christian, but stranded the tying runs at the corners.

Tampa Bay will try for their first spring win Saturday in Bradenton, when the Rays take on the Pittsburgh Pirates.  First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 from McKechnie Field, and will be heard on 620 WDAE and 95.3 FM.

Listen to what manager Joe Maddon and pitchers Erik Bedard and Heath Bell had to say after Friday's game below!