Randy Arozarena hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning and the Tampa Bays Rays continued their dominance over the Baltimore Orioles with a 4-3 victory on Saturday night.
The leaders AL East have improved to 17-1 against the Orioles this year, including 10 return wins. The Rays have beaten Baltimore 11 times in a row.
“We did a good job coming home late,” said Rays manager Kevin Cash. “We did a good job adding points late in the games. You notice that in the dugout the guys stay consistent with their mentality.
The Rays trailed 3-2 in the eighth before reliever Cole Sulser (3-3) propelled Kevin Kiermaier on five shots, then cleared the two-point shot from Arozarena, who made eight of his 17 home runs. against Baltimore this season.
“We are a very aggressive team,” Arozarena said through a performer. “We never stop until this last outing is done. We’re a very dedicated team and we’re here to win every time so we can make the playoffs. “
The Rays outscored the Orioles 51-12 in the seventh inning or later, and 38-6 at Camden Yards.
The reliever JT Chargois (4-0) threw a scoreless seventh and Andrew Kittredge made his fourth save.
Tampa Bay starter Michael Wacha gave Pedro Severino a brace and No.9 hitter Kelvin Gutierrez in the fifth, ending his night. Reliever Adam Conley slammed Cedric Mullins to charge the goals and a sacrificial volley from Ryan Mountcastle gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead.
The Orioles scored twice more in the sixth when Austin Hays started with a triple hitting and scored on a double from Severino. Jorge Mateo followed with a single scoring for a 3-0 lead.
Southpaw John Means has been one of Baltimore’s most reliable starters. He dominated before awarding a single to Yandy Diaz and a double to Brandon Lowe who finished it with a seventh strikeout.
“This seventh inning, I have to be able to close the door, especially after scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth,” Means said. “This stoppage round is so important and I just couldn’t get the job done.”
Dillon Tate came in and allowed an RBI scorer from Austin Meadows and a brace from Joey Wendle who cut the margin to 3-2.
“We often get good games late in the game because of the way our roster is built,” said Wendle. “We all have great trust in each other. “
Spokes: OF Jordan Luplow Luplow (sprained left ankle) has been reinstated from IL. “It’s nice to have your bat against a left handed pitcher,” Cash said. In a corresponding move, RHP Chris Mazza, who pitched the last three innings for his first save on Friday night, was selected for Triple-A Durham. Mazza has allowed just one run in 6 1/3 innings in his three appearances.
Orioles: LHP Bruce Zimmermann still suffers from a sprained ankle and was only able to secure one or two starts for the remainder of the season, manager Brandon Hyde has said.
Spokes: RHP Chris Archer (0-1, 4.26 ERA) says he is very healthy after leaving in the second inning with a hip problem in his last start against the Yankees on Sunday. It was Archer’s first appearance in majors since April 10 after being sidelined with a forearm injury.
Orioles: RHP Spenser Watkins (2-6, 7.07 ERA) has allowed 30 runs and 42 hits in his last six starts – a 7.07 ERA in a 25 ⅔ inning.