ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Trey Mancini hit a go-ahead two-run double in the ninth inning, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 on Tuesday night despite committing five errors.
Sergio Romo (2-3) allowed consecutive hits to Mark Trumbo, Danny Valencia, and Mancini in the ninth, the only three batters he faced. It was Romo’s seventh blown save. Tampa Bay has played five straight one-run games and lost four of them.
Mike Wright Jr. (3-0) got two outs in relief, and Mychal Givens pitched the ninth for his third save.
Carlos Gomez put Tampa Bay ahead 4-3 in the eighth with an RBI double off Wright. He also scored the tying run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly fielded by the shortstop.
Tim Beckham and Adam Jones homered on consecutive pitches in the first inning off opener Ryne Stanek. Trumbo led off the fourth with his 16th homer, extending his hitting streak to 10 games
Baltimore starter Andrew Cashner gave up three runs and four hits in seven innings. Only one of the runs was earned.
After giving up three singles and two runs in the first inning, Cashner retired 18 of his next 19 before hitting Gomez with a pitch in the seventh. Kevin Kiermaier then bounced into an apparent forceout, but Beckham, playing shortstop, missed the base with his foot, one of five Oriole errors in the game.
Willy Adames followed with a hit when Beckham lost his footing on a grounder to deep short, loading the bases. And after Beckham caught Michael Perez’s flyball in short left field, Gomez tagged up. Beckham’s throw was way off line, allowing Gomez to score.
Stanek pitched two innings, giving up the homers to Beckham and Jones while striking out four. It was Beckham’s sixth home run and Jones’ 12th.
Orioles: Switch-hitting INF Steve Wilkerson (left oblique strain) still has some discomfort swinging from the left side and is not ready for a rehab assignment.
Rays: OF Tommy Pham (hairline right foot fracture) played catch and hit off a tee, and could return later this month. … Reliever Chaz Roe (left knee) will start a rehab assignment Thursday night was Class A Charlotte.
RHP David Hess, who pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings against the Rays in his last victory on May 25, will pitch Thursday night’s series finale for the Orioles against a Rays opener, probably Hunter Wood.
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