After a day off the Baltimore Orioles welcomed their slugging third baseman Manny Machado back from suspension and also welcomed the Tampa Bay Rays to Camden Yards for a four game series. In this first game that showed all the signs of disaster in the very beginning the O’s found themselves able to claw back and win 6-3, handing the Rays their eighth straight loss. Baltimore has now scored at least three runs in 22 consecutive games (June 1st-24th, 2016) which moves to 4th all-time since 1954 passed the 1999 (September 1st-22nd) streak of 21. The all-time record is from 1979 (June 6th-29th).
Tampa Bay pitching and defense showed the O’s no mercy early in the game retiring the first 13 batters, during which two homers were robbed by a Rays outfield consisting of bench players and minor leaguers playing due to injuries to the everyday starters. The perfect game was broken up in the fifth inning by first baseman Chris Davis with a double; later on in that inning shortstop J.J. Hardy would break the 3-0 shutout with an RBI single. Centerfielder Adam Jones, who came in with a .407 batting average against Rays starter Matt Moore which is his best batting average against any pitcher whom he has at least 29 plate appearances, got revenge on the Rays robbing him of a homer earlier in the game going yard tonight off Moore in the sixth for his 14th of the season. Another O’s batter who got revenge on the Rays for robbing a homer from him was third baseman Manny Machado with a solo homer in the eighth. Machado returned back to the lineup tonight for the first time since his four-game suspension for hitting Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura.
In his second start since coming off the disabled list last weekend O’s starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo struggled to get the first out of the game causing him to last only five and one-third of an inning giving up three runs all in the first but would still earn a no decision with three runs on seven hits, with two walks and three strikeouts. Rays left-hander Matt Moore came into Baltimore with a 4-5 career record in 11 games against the O’s and 2-2 record at Camden Yards. Moore pitched six and two-thirds of an inning giving up five runs on seven hits with walk and six strikeouts earning the loss. He now drops to 3-5 on the season and 1-2 in the month of June. Rays designated hitter Corey Dickerson hit his 13th homer of the year going 2-for-4 and first baseman Logan Morrison went 2-for-4 with an RBI single.
O’s reliever Ashur Tolliver earned his first Major League win while closer Zach Britton recorded his 22nd save of the season. Saturday will be a doubleheader with the first game being at 1:05 PM/ET with pitchers Andriese (TB) vs. Gausman (BAL). The second game will be 7:05 PM/ET with pitchers Odorizzi (TB) vs. Tillman (BAL).
About the Author
Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College).