Kevin Gausman pitched seven innings of shutout baseball, and Manny Machado's three-run homer would be all the offense the Baltimore Orioles would need as they defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 7-1 Sunday at Camden Yards to keep Tampa Bay from completing a three-game sweep.
Rays starter Alex Cobb matched Gausman for the first two innings, but in the third, he allowed a bloop single to Caleb Joseph, followed by hitting Ruben Tejada with a pitch. Joey Rickard sacrificed both runners up a base in front of Seth Smith, who hit a comebacker to Cobb who looked back Joseph at third before throwing the ball away for an error. Machado then took a grooved fastball and deposited it into the seats in left for his 16th home run of the year and a 4-0 advantage.
Baltinore added on against Cobb (6-6) in the fourth with a leadoff homer by Mark Trumbo, his 12th of the year, and a two-run double in the seventh.
Gausman (5-7) allowed just two hits and a pair of walks through the first seven frames, but Tampa Bay jumped on reliever Mychal Givens for a run, courtesy of a solo homer by Jesus Sucre, his fourth of the year, but could get no closer.
The loss drops Tampa Bay back to two games over .500 at 43-41.
The Rays will have Monday off before starting a two-game series against former manager Joe maddon and the Chicago Cubs Tuesday at Wrigley Field. Chris Archer (6-5, 3.92 ERA) will get the start, taking on John Lackey (5-9, 5.24 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 2:20 Tuesday afternoon, with coverage on WDAE starting at 1:00 with The Inside Pitch presented by Sykes Lakeland.