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Tampa Bay Rays reliever Matt Wisler pitches during a game against the Cleveland Indians on July 7 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Wisler pitched two innings of relief on Wednesday in the Rays’ 5-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

Matt Wisler allowed one earned run in two innings — and narrowly avoided picking up the loss in relief — as the Tampa Bay Rays scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to edge the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 on Wednesday in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The Bryan native pitched the sixth and seventh innings. He allowed two hits, including a one-out RBI single to Ryan Mountcastle to put the Orioles ahead 4-3 in the sixth.

Wisler bounced back by forcing a lineout and a popout to end the sixth. He racked up two strikeouts and did not allow a walk.

Austin Meadows roped a two-out, two-run single in the ninth inning to give the Rays their 10th victory in the last 13 games.

Wisler’s season ERA rose slightly to 3.75, including 1.08 with Tampa Bay. In 15 games with the Rays, he has allowed five runs (two earned) on 10 hits in 16 2/3 innings, with 22 strikeouts and three walks.

Overall, Wisler (2-3 record) has pitched 36 innings this season and has allowed 18 runs (15 earned) on 29 hits. He has racked up 48 strikeouts and nine walks.

The Rays (57-39) remained in the thick of the American League East race. Tampa Bay is one game behind Boston.

Tampa Bay will open a four-game series against the Cleveland Indians at 7:10 p.m. tonight in Cleveland.

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