The Rays were looking for Chris Archer to continue his sharp work on the mound Monday, but it was not to be.
Archer allowed six runs in the first three innings, and the offense could not get on track, as Tampa Bay dropped a 7-1 decision to the Orioles at Camden Yards.
Baltimore started the offensive onslaught right off the bat, as Nelson Cruz singled off Archer with one out in the first, moved to second on a walk to Chris Davis, took third as Adam Jones grounded into a fielder's choice, and scored on Wieters' first hit, a single to center.
The Orioles added three more runs an inning later, as Hardy doubled to start the inning, the first of his three hits on the night, moved to third on a groundout by Steve Lombardozzi and scored as Ryan Flaherty singled over a drawn-in Evan Longoria. Cruz then doubled in Flaherty to make it 3-0, and scored on a double by Davis.
Baltimore made it 6-0 in the third thanks to an RBI double by Hardy and a run-scoring single by Lombardozzi, and a second run-scoring single by Flaherty in the fifth extended the Baltimore lead to seven runs.
Tampa Bay did not get a baserunner off Orioles' starter Wei-Yin Chen until Desmond Jennings' walk with one out in the fourth, and didn't get their first hit until James Loney's double in the fifth.
The Rays finally got on the scoreboard in the sixth, when Ben Zobrist drew a one-out walk, moved to second on a single by Jennings, and following a strikeout by Logan Forsythe, scored on a single by Longoria.
Tampa Bay will look to snap this two-game skid Tuesday night, when Jake Odorizzi (1-1, 5.73 ERA) takes on Miguel Gonzalez (0-1, 9.64 ERA). Pregame coverage on WDAE will get started at 6:00 with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05.