Rickard hits tiebreaking double in 9th, Orioles top Rays 8-5

Rufina Vignone
Giugno 26, 2017

The Tampa Bay Rays moved four games above.500 for the first time in almost two years, surging past the Baltimore Orioles with a 15-5 win on Friday night at Tropicana Field.

The Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays meet Sunday in Major League Baseball action at Tropicana Field.

Joey Rickard hit a tiebreaking double in the ninth inning and the Baltimore Orioles, boosted by three home runs, beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-5 Sunday. The Baltimore Orioles have split their last six games when allowing three or less runs.

The Orioles had given up at least five runs in 20 straight games, matching the major league mark set by the 1924 Philadelphia Phillies. Orioles manager Buck Showalter was back in the dugout after missing Wednesday's game for the birth of his first grandchild. "I think we had the same number of hits they had (11 each)".

OUR PREDICTION: The Orioles have lost five of Tillman's last six starts, are 0-4 in his last four road starts and are just 1-4 in his last five outings when he's coming off four days of rest. Give me the Rays to win this game. "He did a nice job kind of quieting our hot bats". "It was great to see him do that".

The loss went to reliever Jose Alvarado (0-3), who faced one batter to open the seventh and walked him, setting up what was the go-ahead run.

Cleveland's Corey Kluber struck out a season-high 13 and allowed three hits in seven innings, but throwing errors by second baseman Jason Kipnis and catcher Yan Gomes led to two unearned runs in the first. Rivero then pitched around a leadoff walk to Eric Fryer in the ninth. He was hurt by the long ball, allowing a two-run homer to Wellington Castillo and a solo shot to Adam Jones.

Sandy Leon drove in four runs with a two-run homer and two-run double, and Hanley Ramirez also hit a two-run homer for Boston. The 2014 NL All-Star with Washington missed the first 76 games this season after right knee surgery.

Daniel Gossett (1-2) took advantage of an early 6-0 lead to win for the first time in three big league starts.

The Nationals overcame the Cincinnati Reds 6-5 after 10 innings, while the Royals trumped the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4 thanks to a four-run rally in the ninth. "He gives up that three spot and just goes on about his business, doesn't implode and gets us deep into the game", Showalter said after Bundy gave up two home runs on back-to-back pitches to tie the score in the third inning.

Tampa Bay reliever Jumbo Diaz was one strike from getting out of a two-on, no-out jam, but the strike didn't come.

Orioles: Zach Britton (left forearm strain) had a scoreless inning Saturday night for Class-A Delmarva and will make his fourth rehab appearance Monday at Double-A Bowie.

Rays: RHP Brad Boxberger (strained flexor mass) was expected to be reinstated from the disabled list this weekend but has oblique discomfort and will have a Sunday bullpen session.

NFL Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith surprised his sister Marsha Smith-Hill, who threw the ceremonial first pitch as part of a cancer survivor salute, by joining her on-the-field. The closer could return July 5.

We know the Orioles pitching staff has been very bad the last month, and Tillman has been no different, allowing a combined 19 earned runs in his last 10.2 innings of work.

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