The bullpen failed the Rays in the nightcap of their day-night doubleheader in Baltimore on Friday night. The Orioles were able to capitalize on Tampa Bay’s leaky pen on their way to a 4-1 victory from Camden Yards. Rays (33-49) had to settle for a split after winning the first game 5-2.
The Rays got on the board first on a solo HR by James Loney in the 2nd off Chris Tillman to make it 1-0 Tampa Bay. Rays starter Jake Odorizzi got into some trouble in the bottom of the 2nd. He allowed an RBI single to Nick Hundley to tie the game at 1-1. Odorizzi avoided further damage by striking out Manny Machado with the bases loaded to end the inning. Odorizzi threw 31 pitches in that second inning. Odorizzi got into more trouble in the 5th when the O’s loaded the bases with one out— but Hardy fouled out and David Lough struck out to end the inning. Odorizzi worked 5 innings and allowed just one run as he also stranded 9 baserunners.
Juan Carlos Oviedo came on in the 6th and he promptly gave up a solo HR to Nick Hundley to give the Orioles a 2-1 lead. Joel Peralta threw more gas on the fire in the 7th. He allowed a leadoff double to Adam Jones followed by a 2-run HR by Nelson Cruz (his 25th HR) to make it 4-1 Baltimore. Jones went 4 for 4 on the night.
Tillman allowed just 4 hits over 8 innings to get his 7th win. Britton recorded his 10th save. Oviedo (3-3) got the loss for the Rays. Rays had just 5 hits on the night— 3 of those came from Evan Longoria.
The Rays continue their 4 game series with the Orioles at Camden Yards on Saturday afternoon. 3-5 Erik Bedard throws for the Rays against 7-2 Wei-Yin Chen. Our coverage on 620am WDAE and 95.3FM begins at 3pm with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.