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O's Collapse to Rays, 5-4

August 09, 2018 - 9:55 pm

By Austin Medina  

Ah, Cody Carroll. If only it was Zach Britton who came on to hold a one-run lead for Baltimore.

The Orioles struck first blood in the second inning, where Joey Rickard smacked a two-run triple to give Baltimore a 2-0 lead.

Rickard later scored on an RBI single by Austin Wynns.

David Hess got the start for the Orioles. Hess, who is just 2-6 on the season, looked to lower his 6.41 ERA. The Rays had other ideas.

In the 3rd inning, Matt Duffy lined an RBI double to cut the lead to 3-1. The next inning, Ji-Man Choi pulled a solo homerun to add another run for Tampa Bay.

Hess surrendered the lead when Mallex Smith scored on a Jake Bauers’ sacrifice fly.

In the top of the 7th inning, Renato Nunez crushed his second homerun of the season to retake the lead, 4-3.

Cody Carroll, who came to Baltimore in the Zach Britton trade, pitched the seventh inning and got himself into trouble. Showing little command, Carroll allowed a single and followed with two straight walks. Shortly after Bauers ripped a two-run single, knocking Carroll out of the game and giving the Rays a 5-4 lead.

Sergio Romo and the Rays held on to a 5-4 victory.

The O's now head home to host the Red Sox.