Orioles Use Big Inning To Top Rays

PORT CHARLOTTE (620 WDAE) -- Anthony Banda and Yonny Chirinos allowed five runs in a fifth inning that proved to be the difference as the Tampa Bay Rays dropped a 7-2 decision to the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday at Charlotte Sports Park.

Tampa Bay started the scoring in the third, with Christian Arroyo's two-out RBI single scoring Micah Johnson, who tripled in front of him.

Baltimore got two runs in the fourth off Anthony Banda with an RBI double by Danny Valencia and an RBI single from Austin Hays, but the Rays countered in the bottom of the inning with a solo homer from Willy Adames.

Tampa Bay could not regain the lead, and the Orioles turned around and put together a five-run fifth, starting by loading the bases on a pair of walks from Banda and a single by Craig Gentry off Yonny Chirinos.  Tim Beckham's sacrifice fly broke the tie, and after Jonathan Schoop was hit by a pitch to reload the bases, Danny Valencia's double drove in two more runs and Anthony Santander then singled in the final two runs of the game.  

Blake Snell allowed just two hits and struck out four while pitching three innings Wednesday, and Dan Jennings, Dan Runzler, Chaz Roe and Jose Alvarado provided four innings of one-hit relief, striking out four.

Tampa Bay will head to Fort Myers Thursday for a matchup against the Boston Red Sox.  Chris Archer will get the start, taking on Brian Johnson.  First pitch is scheduled for 1:05.

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