The Baltimore Orioles (30-74) delivered one of the Rays worst days of the season, knocking off Tampa Bay (53-51) 15-5 on Friday night at Camden Yards.
When the game finally began after an hour and nineteen minute rain delay, it started well enough for the Rays. Tampa Bay struck in the top of the first inning with an RBI groundout from Ji-Man Choi for an early 1-0 lead. However, the lead would be short lived as Adam Jones came through with an RBI in the bottom of the first inning off Rays starter Chris Archer to tie the game 1-1.
Archer (3-5, 4.31), pitching with much speculation about his future with the Rays as the trade deadline looms, was not his sharpest against Baltimore on Friday night. Archer worked six innings allowing four runs, three of them earned while striking out only three and walking two. After giving up the lead in the bottom of the first inning, the Orioles got two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning after a single and an error to make it 3-1. Jonathan Schoop continued his tremendous run in July when he nailed an 0-2 pitch for a homer in the bottom of the fifth inning for a 4-1 Orioles advantage.
When Rays skipper Kevin Cash when to Austin Pruitt in the seventh inning and asked him to pitch for the second straight night, Pruitt imploded. He allowed eight runs, six of them earned in just two-thirds of an inning of work. After Andrew Kittredge got out of the inning, the Rays used two position players to work in the eighth inning. Outfielder Carlos Gomez got one out while allowing three runs on four walks and two balk calls for an ERA of 81.00. Catcher Jose Sucre was called in to close out the inning, and the Orioles were in command of this one thanks to 11 runs off of the Rays bullpen for a 15-5 win.
Andrew Cashner (3-9, 4.33) picked up the win for the last place Orioles by allowing just two earned runs in six innings of work on five hits while striking out two and walking three. The Rays look to have a short memory in this one as they meet the Orioles in the third game of a four game series on Saturday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 and coverage begins with Steve Carney and the Inside Pitch at 6 PM on 620 WDAE & 95.3 FM throughout Tampa Bay.