ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Joey Wendle hit an RBI double throughout a three-run first inning and the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays handed the Baltimore Orioles their record-setting 14th consecutive highway loss, 5-4 on Saturday.
It’s the longest skid since crew moved from St. Louis to Baltimore in 1954. The Orioles dropped 13 straight on the highway in 2018 and in addition in 1988.
“It’s not enjoyable to lose,” Baltimore supervisor Brandon Hyde stated. “Hopefully we will flip it round tomorrow.”
For the reason that starting of Might, the Rays (41-24) are a serious league-best 28-10.
“It’s been a reasonably particular run.” Tampa Bay supervisor Kevin Money stated. “The fellows have discovered methods to win in numerous methods. Simply hold profitable at this clip and we’re going to be in line for some good issues. So far we’ve got to happy with the place we’re at.”
Reliever Collin McHugh (1-1) struck out 5 and gave up one hit in two scoreless innings to choose up his first win since Aug. 30, 2019.
Diego Castillo labored the ninth and received his eleventh save.
Austin Wynns hit a grand slam for the Orioles, who’re 0-5 towards Tampa Bay this season..
Tampa Bay starter Wealthy Hill gave up 4 runs, 4 hits, three walks and struck out 5 over 4 ⅔ innings. The 41-year outdated had allowed simply three earned runs over 39 ⅔ innings in his earlier seven begins.
Hill had grounders go off his leg within the second and fifth innings.
Money stated Hill was tremendous and never affected by the balls.
Wendle grounded a two-out double down the third-base line off Jorge López (2-7) within the first earlier than Manuel Margot and Kevin Kiermaier had run-scoring infield singles because the Rays took a 3-0 lead.
Brandon Lowe made it 5-0 on a two-out, two-run double within the fourth that bounced over left fielder Ryan Mountcastle’s head, which allowed the second run to attain.
Lowe, who entered Friday with the AL’s second-lowest batting common at .188, has 4 hits in seven at-bats with 4 RBIs within the two video games
Wynns received the Orioles inside 5-4 along with his first profession grand slam within the fifth. His first homer since Sept. 24, 2019, ended Hill’s scoreless streak at 16 innings.
López gave up 5 runs and eight hits in 4 ⅔ innings. He struck out eight and walked one.
“I believed he threw the ball nice,” Hyde stated. “He received beat by three opposite-field mushy singles within the first inning. He received actually, actually unfortunate.”
López hit Brett Phillips, his former teammate in Milwaukee and Kansas Metropolis with a pitch within the fourth.
Phillips displayed faux anger that prompted plate umpire Nick Mahrley to get in entrance of him. Quickly after, a laughing Phillips went to first base.
“Once I received hit I used to be like, you understand what, I’m going to have just a little enjoyable with this,” stated Phillips, who referred to as López certainly one of his favourite teammates. “So I instantly rotated and I used to be like, ‘do you need to combat with me?’ I stated it with a smile on my face however the umpire and catcher couldn’t see that I used to be laughing.”
López stated Phillips is sort of a brother.
“He’s humorous,” López stated. “Every little thing was type of enjoyable.”
Orioles: OF Austin Hays went 0 for 4 and is hitless in eight at-bats, together with 5 strikeouts, since returning Friday from a left hamstring pressure.
Rays: 1B Ji-Man Choi (left groin pressure) ought to have his return date set on Sunday. … RHP Chris Archer (forearm tightness) could possibly be prepared for stay batting follow in late June or early July.
Umpires: Mahrley was checked out by a coach after getting hit within the left arm by a pitch that bounced in entrance of the plate from Baltimore reliever Tanner Scott within the sixth. He was additionally checked out after getting struck by a ball in the course of the first.
Orioles LHP Bruce Zimmermann (4-3), on a career-high three-game profitable streak, will begin Sunday’s collection finale. Tampa Bay LHP Josh Fleming (5-4) will begin or comply with an opener.