Young was 2-for-21 against Rays left-hander Erik Bedard.
Pearce walked twice against Bedard and hit a two-run homer off Brad Boxberger in the top of the seventh to increase the Orioles’ lead to 7-4.
Pearce has five home runs this season to go with a .310 average. He looks pretty good in that second slot in the order.
Caleb Joseph led off the inning with a double and scored on Pearce’s shot to left field. Boxberger started off Pearce with a changeup, then threw a 90 mph fastball that he’d like to have back.
Pearce, a native of Lakeland, Fla., began the night batting .333/.379/.556 in nine career games at Tropicana Field. He’s hit three home runs in 29 at-bats.
Pearce is hitting .319 against right-handers this season.
Ryan Webb retired all five batters he faced after replacing starter Miguel Gonzalez. He’s been scored upon in only one of his last 11 appearances.
Update: Game over. The Orioles ended their two-game skid with a 7-5 win over the Rays before 10,803 at Tropicana Field.
Zach Britton notched his eighth save in nine opportunities, as the Orioles evened the series and improved to 6-1 against the Rays this season.
The Orioles improved to 36-34 and moved within four games of first-place Toronto in the American League East. They’re 20-17 on the road and 7-7 in two-run games.
Pearce doubled in the top of the ninth to raise his average to .317.