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Orioles win second consecutive game with 11-2 victory over the Rays

July 29, 2018 - 12:15 am

The Baltimore Orioles are now on a two-game winning streak. They defeated the Rays in the third game of the series 11-2. It was another offensive explosion for Baltimore as they totaled 15 hits in Saturday night’s win. A significant factor in the Orioles’ success on offense was due to their clutch hitting: they were 5-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

Kevin Gausman took the mound for Baltimore, and he was magnificent. He picked up his fifth winning of the season as he went seven innings, allowing nine hits, two earned runs and also recorded five strikeouts.

The Rays broke the 0-0 tie in the second inning with a Jesus Sucre RBI double, but Baltimore had a response of their own with back-to-back home runs from Trey Mancini and Joey Rickard.

Tampa Bay promptly answered with a Kevin Kiermaier solo homer, but in the fourth inning, Baltimore blew the doors off. Rickard picked up a 3-RBI double, and then Caleb Joseph picked up an RBI single.

The Orioles’ bats picked back up in the sixth inning with another four-run inning. It started with Rickard picking up another RBI via a double, and then Joseph picked up his second RBI of the game.

Adam Jones joined in on the scoring with an RBI double and then Mark Trumbo hit a sac fly to bring Tim Beckham home. 

With Gausman’s night over after seven innings, Mike Wright Jr. entered the game for Baltimore. With a nine-run lead, his job was clear: throw strikes. Wright Jr. did precisely that as he forced two groundouts and a pop out as Tampa Bay had a one-two-three inning.

David Hess pitched the ninth inning for the Orioles, and after hitting one batter, he recorded three consecutive outs to finish the game.

The Orioles are now 31-74, and their offense is on fire. Baltimore has scored 26 runs in their last two games, and they have a chance to win their first series since the All-Star Break.

Quick hits:

Baltimore’s 7,8 and 9 hitters (Mancini, Rickard and Joseph) combined for 10 hits and nine RBIs. Trey Mancini went four-for-four with two RBIs on his own bobblehead night.

This was Mancini’s first four-hit night of his career.

Jonathan Schoop extended his hit streak to 11, but his home run streak ended at five. He went 1-for-5 tonight.