2 Rays have combined perfect game thru 8 innings vs Orioles

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Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Ryne Stanek throws to a Baltimore Orioles batter during the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 14, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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BALTIMORE (AP) — A pair of Tampa Bay Rays pitchers has combined on a perfect game through eight innings against the Baltimore Orioles.

Right-hander Ryne Stanek pitched the first two innings Sunday at Camden Yards. He struck out two of the six batters he faced before Ryan Yarbrough took over.

Recalled from Triple-A Durham before the game, Yarbrough has retired 18 straight batters through the eighth inning, striking out five.

The Rays have had only one no-hitter in franchise history, by Matt Garza against the Detroit Tigers on July 26, 2010.

There has never been a combined perfect game in major league history.

Facing the team with the worst record in the big leagues, Tampa Bay leads 4-0 after eight innings.

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