Anything that could go wrong for the Tampa Bay Rays did Tuesday.
Alex Cobb couldn't go struggle through four innings, three Rays runners were thrown out at the plate, and the bullpen couldn't maintain a 2-2 stalemate, as the Baltimore Orioles emerged with a 4-2 win in the second game of this four-game series at Camden Yards.
Tampa Bay seemed to have a bead on Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen, as Desmond Jennings singled to start the game, and moved to third on a double by Ben Zobrist. Logan Forsythe grounded to third, and after seeing the throw go to first base, Jennings tried to scamper home for the first run, but was tagged out for a double play. Evan Longoria picked up Forsythe with a single scoring Zobrist for a 1-0 lead.
Cobb put up zeroes through the first three innings, but Nelson Cruz led off the fourth with a base hit, and Delmon Young drew a walk. A flyout by J.J. Hardy allowed Cruz to take third, and Young stole second base as Davis struck out. Caleb Joseph then singled to center, bringing in both runners for a 2-1 lead.
Longoria would get Tampa Bay even in the top of the fifth, as he doubled into the left field corner, allowing Zobrist, who drew a one-out walk, to score all the way from first base.
Baltimore took the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth, as Davis reached on a fielder's choice, moved to second on a single by Joseph, and scored on a base hit by Jonathan Schoop.
An RBI double by Cruz in the seventh off Joel Peralta capped the scoring.
Along with Jennings being tagged out at the plate in the first, Ryan Hanigan was thrown out at the plate by Jones in the second, and James Loney was forced out at home in the sixth when Tampa Bay loaded the bases with one out.
The Rays will need wins in the final two games to salvage a split, starting with Wednesday's matchup, as Drew Smyly (8-10, 3.44 ERA) takes on Kevin Gausman (7-5, 3.81 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05, with coverage on WDAE starting at 6:00 with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.