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TB@TEX: Moore fans five over 5 1/3 scoreless innings

Just when it seemed the Orioles' offense might have finally slowed down, producing just seven runs while losing a three-game series to the Yankees over the weekend, the O's put up five against the Rays on Tuesday night.

They needed all five, as the Rays, who plated four in the game, passed the two-run threshold for the first time in eight games.

Wednesday, the Rays will deal one of their aces and hope he can put a zero on the board.

Matt Moore, who gets the ball against the Orioles for the 7:05 p.m. ET game at Camden Yards, has yet to allow a run in two starts this season.

Moore didn't get a chance to face the Orioles when the two teams met for a three-game series to start the season, but he knows what he's up against after the O's posted 20 runs in three games off Rays pitchers.

"They like to swing early and they like to swing a lot," Moore said. "You can't be too generous with what you give them because they definitely do put good swings on the balls here in the zone. We got a taste of them; they were playing very well."

No team this year has been able to go a full game without allowing Adam Jones or Chris Davis to reach base. The two entered Tuesday with a combined .717 slugging percentage, while the rest of the O's are slugging .345.

The O's are looking to get Chris Tillman his first win in his third start of the year.

Tillman looked much better against the Red Sox last Thursday than he did against the Twins in his season debut. The 25-year-old allowed just two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five over 5 1/3 innings as the Orioles picked up a 3-2 win.

"I was able to make adjustments in the second start that I wasn't able to make in the first start," Tillman said. "I think that's a good sign [that] what I was off, I was able to fix in the last one."

Tillman will have the benefit of pitching against a Rays offense that has yet to find its groove this season.

After Evan Longoria at the cleanup spot, all five hitters in Tuesday's lineup finished the game with a batting average below .200.

"It's a tough mindset for the pitchers right now," said manager Joe Maddon. "On defense, you don't want to make a mistake. You know it's hard to cover mistakes right now, because the offense has been struggling.

"We have to do a better job of scoring runs. The rally [is] pretty much single-digit rallies these days and we've got to get beyond that, and we will. We shall do that. It happens to everybody every year. It's just happening to us right now."

Orioles: Interested in Borbon
The Orioles are one of several teams interested in acquiring outfielder Julio Borbon from the Rangers.

If Borbon isn't traded by 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday, he would have to be placed on waivers.

Borbon spent all of 2012 with Triple-A Round Rock, hitting .304 with a .349 on-base percentage, 10 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 584 plate appearances. He has just one at-bat with the Rangers this season.

The 27-year-old has a career .283 average in more than 700 Major League plate appearances.

Rays: Home run eruption
After hitting just one home run in a seven-game stretch before Tuesday, the Rays finally found the long ball groove.

Desmond Jennings, Kelly Johnson and Evan Longoria each went yard in the 5-4 loss to the Orioles.

Entering Tuesday, the Rays had homered just five times, the third least in the Majors. Kansas City, with four, and Miami, with two, were the only teams who had hit less.

Worth noting
• With just six hits Tuesday, the Rays have gone 11 straight games with fewer than 10 hits. It's just the ninth time in franchise history they've gone 11 games without getting to the 10-hit mark.

• The Rays have yet to get a hit with bases loaded this season. They're 0-for-11 with three runners on base.

• Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis has been on base in all 13 games this season.

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