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Bats Come Alive As O's Rout Rays 17-1

May 14, 2018 - 9:20 am

By Joe Schiller 

There’s life back at Camden Yards.

In a season that’s been compiled with injuries and many disappointments, the Baltimore Orioles were a completely different team over the weekend. They took three of four games against the Tampa Bay Rays and capped it off with a 17-1 Mother’s Day win on Sunday afternoon.

Coming off three shaky performances, Dylan Bundy (2-5) settled in and found his form. He was practically unhittable, allowing just two hits in seven shutout innings on the mound. With Kevin Gausman (3-2) steadily improving as well, the one-two punch in the starting rotation could finally begin to be what we originally expected.  

The runs came by committee. Danny Valencia opened up the scoring with a solo homer in the second inning and the floodgates ensued. The O’s tacked on 11 runs through the first four innings and ended a short start for Blake Snell.

Joey Rickard was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk and immediately made his presence felt. He posted a career day, smacking two home runs and finishing with five RBIs.

Manny Machado continued a hot bat at the plate, totaling three hits and driving in two runs. He currently leads the majors with 36 RBIs and is tied for first with 13 home runs. A contract year is bringing out the best in the All-Star shortstop.  

The O’s tacked on six more runs in the seventh inning to complete the rout. It marked back-to-back series wins for the first time since August of 2017.

While they still sit 15.5 games out of first place in the AL East, the resurgence is a positive building block moving forward. Against two sub .500 teams this isn’t something to overhype but there are still 121 games and plenty of baseball left to be played. A lot can happen over the course of the next fews months.

The O’s have a day break before hosting the Philadelphia Phillies for a two-game interleague series. Andrew Cashner is expected to face off against Nick Pivetta as the first pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. tomorrow.