The Tampa Bay Rays (16-21) outlasted a rain delay to knock off the Baltimore Orioles (12-28) in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon.
The game started fast for Tampa Bay - after CJ Cron homered in the top of the first inning, Baltimore matched it with a homer from Trey Mancini in the bottom of the first. The Rays pushed it to 3-1 with RBIs from Daniel Robertson in the second and Joey Wendle in the third before Brad Miller homered in the fourth to make it 4-1. After getting through five and making it an official game, the weather became too much in Baltimore and went into a rain delay in the sixth inning that lasted more than an hour.
After the rain delay Baltimore tried to fight back, pulling within 4-3 before the Rays answered. Tampa Bay got a run in the seventh and two more in the eighth before putting the game away in the ninth inning with an RBI triple from Mallex Smith and another RBI from Carlos Gomez.
Matt Andriese allowed one earned run on just one hit in three innings getting the start for the Rays, while Sergio Romo (1-0, 5.65) picked up the win thanks to a scoreless inning and a third before the rain delay. Former Ray Alex Cobb (0-5, 7.06) took the loss after pitching five and two-thirds innings allowing four runs, three of them earned, on seven hits while striking out five and walking none.
The Rays now wrap up the four game series against the Orioles on Sunday afternoon with a first pitch of 1:05 - coverage gets underway with The Inside Pitch at 11 AM on 620 WDAE & 95.3 FM throughout Tampa Bay.