Weird Wednesday: Rays Lose Despite Five Oriole Errors

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ST. PETERSBURG (620 WDAE) -- The Tampa Bay Rays could not take advantage of five Baltimore errors, as Trey Mancini's two-run double off Sergio Romo in the ninth turned a 4-3 lead into a 5-4 defeat Wednesday at Tropicana Field.

Tampa Bay opener Ryne Stanek, who had not allowed a run in the first inning all year, allowed a pair in the first frame Wednesday as Tim Beckham and Adam Jones each homered off the right-hander.  For Beckham, it was his fifth of the year and second in as many days, while Jones hit his twelfth of the season but just his second since June 2.

Stanek has now allowed six home runs this season, five of which have come to Orioles hitters.

Tampa Bay quickly tied the game in the bottom of the first, with Mallex Smith leading off the frame with a single, stealing second, and going to third on an errant throw by catcher Caleb Joseph, and scoring on a single by Jake Bauers.  Bauers then moved to second on an error by Beckham, scoring on a single by Joey Wendle.

Mark Trumbo broke the tie in the top of the fourth off reliever Jalen Beeks with another solo home run, his 16th of the year.

Andrew Cashner would hold on to the lead until the seventh, when he hit Carlos Gomez with a pitch with one out.  Beckham's second error of the night allowed Kiermaier to reach, and Willy Adames loaded the bases with an infield single to short.  Michael Perez then lifted a pop fly to deep shortstop, and with Beckham moving back on the play, Gomez challenged the former Rays shortstop's arm and forced a bad throw to tie the game.

Gomez would break the tie an inning later, as his two-out double to right would bring in Duffy for a 4-3 lead.

But Romo would give the lead right back in the top of the ninth, with Mark Trumbo starting with a single.  Danny Valencia singled pinch-runner Jace Peterson to third and Mancini's line drive to left brought inb both Peterson and fellow pinch-runner Joey Rickard to give Baltimore back the advantage.  

Mychal Givens would see Smith reach on a two-out error by Jonathan Villar and end up at third base thanks to another stolen base/Joseph error combo, but Duffy lined out to Villar to end the game.

THURSDAY'S MATCHUP

Tampa Bay Rays (57-57) vs. Baltimore Orioles (35-79), 7:10 p.m. first pitch, with coverage on WDAE beginning at 6:00 with The Inside Pitch presented by Crown Eurocars.

Rays starter - RHP Hunter Wood (0-0, 3.22 ERA)

Orioles starter - RHP David Hess (2-6, 6.41 ERA)

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