Nelson Cruz hit his second homer of the game in the 11th inning and drove in seven runs, and the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles avoided a three-game sweep by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 7-5 on Sunday.
A pitch sailed that away from catcher Nick Hundley cost the Baltimore Orioles a game.
Alex Cobb and two relievers combined on a six-hitter for Tampa Bay’s AL-best 19th shutout this season, and the Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-0 Friday night.
J.J. Hardy singled in the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 Thursday night to lengthen their lead in the AL East.
Chris Davis hasn’t helped compensate for the offensive or defensive loss at third base, as he’s slumping on both sides of the ball.
“He’s been very inconsistent. That’s the best way to put it,” said Coleman. “They just need to hope that he trends upward soon and maybe that he makes some place at third as well.”
The Baltimore Orioles had their worst pitching performance of the season, and afterward there was plenty of blame to pass around.
Wei-Yin Chen had plenty of time in the dugout to think about what went wrong against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Chen yielded three home runs during the shortest outing of his big league career, and the early deficit proved too much for the Baltimore Orioles to overcome in a 5-4 defeat Saturday.
Nelson Cruz and Nick Hundley homered to back a commanding pitching performance by Chris Tillman, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-1 on Friday night for a doubleheader split.
Kevin Gausman will have plenty to think about after he heads back to the minor leagues.
With the Orioles, Zach Britton was struggling for a while but seems to find his nitch. Although Kapler was pushing for O’Day, he says that “Britton has stepped up beautifully.” The issue with Baltimore right now is that they do not have anyone to really depend on for the top of the rotation. They need some guys to depend on especially in the post season.
Kevin Gausman pitched six shutout innings, Steve Pearce’s opposite-field double snapped a scoreless tie and Nelson Cruz added his major league-leading 22nd home run to help the Baltimore Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-0 on Wednesday.
Jeremy commented on the Oakland A’s being the best team in baseball with a quality and timely pitcher, Scott Kazmir.