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Andrew Cashner picks up his third win of the season, Orioles defeat the Rays 15-5

July 28, 2018 - 12:44 am

An hour and 19-minute delay could not stop the Baltimore Orioles from scoring on Friday night as they dominated the Tampa Bay Rays 15-3. Andrew Cashner picked up his third win of the season, while Jonathan Schoop continued to stay red-hot. Despite making a couple of errors, Baltimore's defense tightened up while their offense stepped up in a big way for Cashner.

After allowing one earned run in the first inning, Cashner buckled up as the game progressed. He had solid command of his pitches as he allowed five hits, struck out two and walked three batters on 90 pitches.

The Tampa Bay Rays struck first as Ji-Man Choi picked up an RBI on a groundout, but Baltimore answered in the bottom of the first inning with an Adam Jones RBI.

Cashner then recorded two consecutive one-two-three innings. In the fourth inning, he picked up his first strikeout with two outs. Cashner only faced four batters that inning. The Orioles took the lead in the fourth inning with a Danny Valencia RBI single that allowed Adam Jones to score, and Chris Davis also scored as a result of a throwing error to extend the lead to two.

After a quick top of the fifth inning for Cashner, Jonathan Schoop hit a solo home run to extend Baltimore’s lead to 4-1.

In a season filled with lack of run support for Cashner, he certainly received it tonight. The Orioles only scored more than four runs twice, per the Orioles Radio Network’s Jim Hunter.

In the sixth inning, Cashner began to struggle. He walked the bases loaded after two back-to-back singles, but he was able to limit the damage. Daniel Robertson hit a sac fly, which brought Joey Wendle home to cut the lead to two. However, Baltimore picked up two outs as Caleb Joseph threw out Choi at second. Smith flied out to end the inning.

Mychal Givens entered the game in the seventh inning for Cashner, and the defense failed to help him retire the side. With two outs and runners on first and second, Givens forced a grounder that should have been a double play, but Tim Beckham committed a throwing error that led to Kevin Kiermaier being safe at first and Carlos Gomez scoring to cut the deficit to one.

Baltimore responded in the bottom of the seventh with an eight-run inning. It started with a Schoop RBI single to bring Joseph home to extend the lead to 5-3.

Adam Jones then hit a three-run homer to extend the lead to five.

Several batters later, the bases were loaded for Joey Rickard, who hit a three-run RBI double.

Schoop then recorded his second RBI in the eighth with an RBI single.

After Baltimore's scoring explosion in the seventh inning, Miguel Castro took the mound in the top of the eighth. On 19 pitches, he picked up a strikeout, a groundout and a fly out. In the bottom of the eighth, the Orioles added to their lead via poor pitching from the Rays.

Carlos Gomez, an outfielder, pitched in the eighth, and he walked the first two batters and then balked, which led to Baltimore picking up their 13th run. The scoring fest continued as Austin Wynns hit an RBI single that brought Chris Davis home. Beckham then recorded an RBI groundout to extend the lead to 15-3.

Jhan Marinez pitched the ninth inning for Baltimore, and it was a shaky performance. He allowed two runs off of two hits while walking two batters.

The Orioles have improved to 30-74 on the season, and they tied up this four-game series with Tampa Bay. The third game of the series is scheduled for 7:05 pm ET, and Kevin Gausman will get the start for Baltimore. 

Quick hits:

Jonathan Schoop has homered in his last five games and has a 10 game hitting streak.

Adam Jones went 3-for-5 and hit his first home run since June 2nd.

This is Cashner’s first win since May 21st.

Baltimore’s eight-run seventh inning is the most runs they have recorded in a single inning all season.