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Orioles defeat Rays, 5-0, in first game of road trip behind Gausman, bullpen

Orioles defeat Rays, 5-0, in first game of road trip behind Gausman, bullpen

Among the many things that must reveal themselves for the Orioles to return to the postseason shuffle is right-hander Kevin Gausman’s return to his second-half self of last season.

And Gausman took a step in that direction in Monday night’s series opener against the Tampa Bay Rays, pitching six scoreless innings in a 5-0 victory at Tropicana Field.

With the win, the Orioles (48-51) crept closer to getting back into the American League wild-card race as the nonwaiver trade deadline looms Monday, while handing the Rays (51-49), a team they’re chasing in both the AL East and wild-card standings, their fifth straight loss.

“Kevin was throwing strikes and...

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