Rays Drop Back to .500 With Another Orioles Blowout

posted by Jason Barringer - 

The Tampa Bay Rays (53-53) are back to .500 after the Baltimore Orioles (32-74) knocked off the Rays 11-5 on Sunday afternoon in Camden Yards.

After the Rays got a 4-3 win over these Os on Thursday night in the first game of the four game series, the Orioles responded by hammering Tampa Bay in the next three games.  For the third consecutive game the Orioles got a blowout win, and scored more than 10 runs in all three of those games.

Sunday it began with a big first inning for Baltimore.  After Mark Trumbo grounded into an RBI fielder's choice, Chris Davis blasted a two run home run that bounced out of the glove of Malex Smith in center field to take a 3-0 lead.  From that point on, every time the Rays tried to answer, Baltimore made sure to have a response of their own.

After CJ Cron hit a home run in the top of the second, the Orioles answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the frame.  Same happened in the fourth inning when Cron hit his second solo shot - the Os had an answer waiting in the form of an Austin Wynns homer in the bottom of the frame and Tampa Bay could gain no momentum.  Baltimore took a 6-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth, and again the Rays tried to answer when Jake Bauers homered in the top of the sixth to make it 6-3.  However, Jonathan Schoop's three-run home run in the seventh inning turned this game into a rout, and Baltimore was off to the races.

Though the Rays answered again in the eighth inning with two more runs, Chris Davis hit his second homer of the game, this time a two-run blast, in the bottom of the eighth to make the score 11-5, which would turn out to be the final.  Yonni Chirinos (0-3, 4.21) got the start for the Rays and allowed four runs, three of them earned, on six hits while striking out three and walking two.  Dylan Bundy (7-9, 4.53) got the win for the Orioles while pitching seven innings in which he allowed three earned runs on four hits while striking out seven and walking none.

The Rays now return home where they have a day off Monday and look to bounce back with a nine game homestand.  The homestand starts with three against the Angels on Tuesday night - first pitch is set for 7:10, and coverage begins with Steve Carney and the Inside Pitch at 6 on 620 WDAE and 95.3 FM.

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