Tampa Bay Rays vs. Baltimore Orioles

After dropping three of four to the defending American League champion Cleveland Indians at Camden Yards, the Orioles will look to avoid falling into sole last place in the division over a three-game set in Tampa.

Pittsburgh has won four of its last six games.

It had been a long road for Caleb Joseph and the Baltimore Orioles since they won a series away from Camden Yards.

After the Orioles (35-37) wrap up their weekend stay in Tampa, they'll take a long-distance flight across the Northern border to take on the Blue Jays before returning home to host the Rays.

Rookie reliever Austin Pruitt inherited a 14-5 lead and pitched the final three innings for his first big league save.

If you're counting, that's a stretch consisting of thirteen road games in a sixteen-game span before hitting the break.

Peterson has played all of 16 games this year; he's just an outfield reserve for the rotation-heavy Rays.

The 20 consecutive games with at least five runs allowed tied the modern-era record with the 1924 Philadelphia Phillies, who now share their inglorious fate. The record might be theirs come Sunday.

More importantly for the Orioles, he had a firmer fastball than he has in recent starts. That makes an ensuing run unearned, so RHP Chris Archer's season ERA drops from 3.97 to 3.88. The Cubs got a good pitching performance by John Lackey (5-8), who allowed three hits, two walks and two runs (one earned) in six innings. The win was Jimenez's first since April 19th.

He provided only the third quality start for the Orioles in the past 19 games. Over nine career starts versus Tampa Bay, the Orioles sporadic veteran owns a rock-solid 5-2 record and 3.47 ERA.

Chris Archer (6-4) wasn't especially sharp for Tampa Bay but the right-hander didn't have to be with the Rays posting a season-high for runs. The Rays have allowed 13 runs in this series and five or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. He's bringing it right now.

Orioles RHP Dylan Bundy (7-6) and Rays rookie RHP Jake Faria (3-0) are Saturday's starters.

Dozier homered into the left field porch on a 3-2 pitch and narrowed Cleveland's lead over Minnesota in the AL Central to one-half game. Probably as a lasting effect from his shoulder troubles, Tillman is pretty much throwing batting practice to major league hitters at this point. The Rays scored five runs on one hit - Norris' infield single - in the fifth inning, and Jiminez's ERA jumped from 6.25 to 7.26 during his shortest outing of the season. Here's hoping that the Orioles can bring him down to earth a little bit.

Logan Morrison also had a big night for the Rays, hitting his 22nd home run and finishing with three RBI. Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer (6-6) pitched 6 2/3 innings, giving up five runs (four earned) and eight hits with four strikeouts and one walk.

"Everybody seemed to find a way to connect with the baseball", Rays manager Kevin Cash said after his team rocked starter Ubaldo Jimenez (2-3) for nine runs in 2 1/3 innings. That average took a blow after Gonzalez went 0 for four, striking out three times and stranding six runners, in the Tribe's loss. Bundy is the only man to have made a start for Baltimore this season and have an ERA lower than 4.00, as he also leads the team in wins, picking up his eighth on Saturday; no other starter has more than three. Consistency remains vital going forward. This season is far from over, but the clock is ticking. Let's hope for the former.

  • Leroy Wright