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Rays Bats Beat Up Bundy To Earn Weekend Series Win

Logan Morrison hit a pair of home runs, while Steven Souza Jr. and Wilson Ramos also went deep as the Tampa Bay Rays pounded out twelve hits to beat up the Baltimore Orioles 10-3 Saturday at Camden Yards.

Tampa Bay jumped on Orioles starter Dylan Bundy right off the bat, following a hour-long rain delay.  Mallex Smith singled to start the game, and a run-and-hit single by Evan longoria two batters later plated Smith all the way from first base to open the scoring.  Morrison followed up with a two-run blast, bumping the advantage to 3-0.

Baltimore got one run back in the bottom of the second from Jake Odorizzi on a base hit by Craig Gentry, but Morrison got that run back in the top of the third, unloading a Bundy pitch to right for his second homer of the day, becoming the third Rays player to hit a home run on to Eutaw Street, and the first since Aubrey Huff did so on August 21, 2003.

Souza followed with a solo home of his own, his 16th of the year to push the lead to 5-1.

Bundy would exit after four innings of work, and his replacement, Alec Asher, was greeted by Ramos blasting a three-run homer, the second straight day he homered, to make it an 8-1 lead.

Odorizzi's afternoon was no cakewalk either, as he battled through nine full counts and threw over 110 pitches to gut through five innings, with Jonathan Schoop  hitting a two-run homer in his final inning of work to, the 12th straight start in which he allowed a home run, but he did enough to improve his record to 5-3.

Tampa Bay got both of those runs back in the sixth when Smith's double and a throwing error by Gentry allowed Taylor Featherston to score, and an RBI double by Corey Dickerson set the scoring at 10-3.

Erasmo Ramirez worked three scoreless innings of relief in his return to the bullpen, and Adam Kolarek worked around a walk and an error to put up a zero to finish the game.

The victory gets Tampa Bay back to three games above .500 at 43-40.

The Rays can now sweep the series with a win Sunday, as Alex Cobb (6-5, 3.73 ERA) takes on Kevin Gausman (4-7, 6.07 ERA).  First pitch is scheduled for 1:35, with coverage on WDAE beginning at 11:30 with The Inside Pitch presented by Sykes Lakeland.

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