BALTIMORE – Matt Joyce homered twice, had a career-high five hits and drove in four runs to power the Tampa Bay Rays past the Baltimore Orioles 12-7 Sunday.
Tampa Bay totaled 11 extra base hits – five homers and six doubles. The Rays trailed 4-3 before Kevin Kiermaier and Logan Forsythe went deep during a seven-run sixth inning that sent many in the crowd of 32,665 scattering toward the exits.
Joyce doubled in the first inning, hit a solo shot in the third, singled in both the fifth and sixth innings and added a two-run drive in the seventh. His five hits and 12 total bases tied club records. Although the Orioles finally got Joyce out in the ninth with the outcome already decided, his 5-for-6 performance upped his batting average 15 points to .274.
Kiermaier, a rookie from Fort Wayne, also homered in Saturday's game. Sunday's home run was the Bishop Luers grad's sixth of the season. Kiermaier, who started in right field, went 2 for 5 Sunday and is hitting .306.