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Rays ride club-record offense to 6th straight win

Tampa Bay scores at least eight runs for fifth consecutive game
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BALTIMORE -- The Rays kept up their offensive attack Thursday night, scoring at least eight runs for a fifth straight game and extending their winning streak to six with a 9-5 victory over the Orioles at Camden Yards.

The Rays (10-13) got homers from C.J. Cron and Wilson Ramos and scored eight runs in the first five innings. They took leads of 6-0 and later 8-2, and the Orioles (6-19) could not come back.

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BALTIMORE -- The Rays kept up their offensive attack Thursday night, scoring at least eight runs for a fifth straight game and extending their winning streak to six with a 9-5 victory over the Orioles at Camden Yards.

The Rays (10-13) got homers from C.J. Cron and Wilson Ramos and scored eight runs in the first five innings. They took leads of 6-0 and later 8-2, and the Orioles (6-19) could not come back.

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"A lot of good things happened for us again offensively tonight," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "It's pretty exciting to sit back and watch us put runs on the board, especially when we were quiet for the earlier part of the year. I am really impressed with the guys."

Video: Cron's two-run home run

Tampa Bay extended its franchise-best streak for scoring at least eight runs in a game. The previous record before this season had been three. The Rays swept the rain-shortened two-game series and now head to Boston having scored 43 runs in these past five contests.

They got the two-run homers by Cron and Ramos in the first and second innings and were off to the races with an early 4-0 lead.

"It's kind of just a one-through-nine effort," Cron said. "We're all swinging the bat well. That doesn't happen very often in the big leagues. So, it's pretty cool to see us all click."

Ramos finished with two hits and three RBIs and also got a different hit -- he was struck on his arm (biceps area) by an Adeiny Hechavarria foul ball in the third while on third base but was fine. Overall, the Rays ended up with 13 hits.

Video: TB@BAL: Ramos jokes around after being hit by foul

Chris Archer (2-1) got the win despite allowing four runs on 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out seven with one walk, but said he was in attack mode working with a big lead.

"You definitely want to compete and throw high-quality pitches," Archer said. "[If] you have a six-, eight-run lead, you're going to go after them. [That's a] great hitting team. Even though that they're banged up, they're going to put the ball in play."

Video: TB@BAL: Archer gets Mancini to strike out swinging

Dylan Bundy (1-3) took the loss for the Orioles (6-19), who have dropped five straight.

HE SAID IT
"I think the confidence has been fairly consistent. There's a difference between lacking confidence and being frustrated. I think we were frustrated and irritated the way we started out the year. I think the confidence is going really well with the starting pitching and the offense that has come on really well here." -- Cash

Video: TB@BAL: Cash on offense staying hot in win over O's

SOUND SMART
The Rays turned four double plays, each one to end an inning. Tampa Bay ended threats with twin killings in the second, sixth, seventh and eighth innings.

Video: TB@BAL: Romo induces inning-ending double play

UP NEXT
The Rays head to Boston to start a series on Friday at 7:10 p.m. ET. The Red Sox swept the Rays in a three-game series at Fenway Park earlier this month. Blake Snell (3-1, 2.54 ERA) goes for the Rays against Drew Pomeranz (0-0, 7.36).

Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com based in Baltimore.

Tampa Bay Rays, Chris Archer, C.J. Cron, Wilson Ramos