In the 2nd series of the year, the Rays were less than stellar as they were swept by the Baltimore Orioles. There starters, Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi, left much to be desired as they both gave up at least four runs. However, there is some promise offensively as the Rays as a team have had home runs in 20 consecutive games.
On Friday, the Rays lost 6-1 to the Baltimore Orioles. In the first inning, Evan Longoria hit his first homerun of the season making the score 0-1 Rays. Throught the next few innings, Chris Archer was shaky as he gave up four solo home runs. The first came in the 2nd inning from Chris Davis. In the 4th inning Matt Wieters singled scoring Davis. After the 4th inning, Archer gave up a trio of home runs to Schoop, Reimold, and Machado. Then, Wieters had another RBI single that again scored Chris Davis making the score 6-1. The Rays were unable to come back defensively and lost the game 6-1.
Rays: 1 Orioles:6
WP: C. Tillman (1-0)
LP: C. Archer (0-2)
The second game of this series was postponed due to a wintry mix in Baltimore.
As the wintry mix storms left Baltimore, the Rays and Orioles played. Jake Odorizzi was on the mound for Tampa and Vance Worley for the Orioles. In the 2nd inning, Odorizzi gave up a double to Schoop which scored Alvarez who had singled. Next, Rickard hit a sac fly which scored Schoop. Then, Machado homered for the second time in this series scoring Kim, causing the score to be 0-4. In the top of the 4th, Corey Dickerson had his third home run of the year closing the score gap to 1-4. In the top of the 5th inning, Longoria had a RBI single that scored Forsythe who had singled during his at bat. Then, former Oriole Steve Pearce had an RBI single that scored Longoria, causing the score to be 3-4. Bats were pretty much silent for both teams until the 8th inning when Brad Miller hit a double as his first hit of the year. The Rays ended up loading the bases but were not able to score as Hank Conger, who was pinch hitting for Curt Casali, struck out. In the bottom of the 8th, the Orioles gained another run when Machado scored on a wild pitch by Erasmo Ramirez. In the end, the Orioles won 3-5.
Rays: 3 Orioles:5
WP: B. Branch (1-0)
LP: J. Odorizzi (0-1)
S: Z. Britton (2)
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