Written by Chris Slade
The Orioles returned to Camden Yards tonight for a 7:05 ET game against the Rays, featuring Chris Tillman and Jake Odorizzi on the mound. The Rays took an early lead in the 3rd on an RBI double play by Sean Rodriguez. The Orioles bats stole the show from there. Nick Markakis and Steve Pearce homered in the 3rd. Nelson Cruz singled in a run in the 5th. The bats then hit back to back to back home runs courtesy of Delmon Young, J.J. Hardy,and Chris Davis. Young's home run drove in three and the Orioles went up 9-1 by the end of the inning.
Amidst the run scoring barrage, Chris Tillman turned in yet another quality start. He was solid and steady over his 7 innings of work, allowing just three hits and one unearned run. He did an excellent job of commanding the lower half of the zone and picked up 10 groundball outs on the night while punching out two. Tillman picked up his 11th win as a result.
Final Line: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
Darren O'Day took over in the 8th inning and lowered his outstanding ERA to 0.94 with another scoreless outing.
It was a far from a save situation but Zach Britton pitched the 9th inning anyway. He retired the side in order, striking out one.
The bats came alive tonight after being silenced by the Cubs over the weekend. It all started when Jonathan Schoop singled to lead off the 3rd. Nick Markakis followed with a big two-run blast to give the O's a 2-1 lead. Steve Pearce then followed up with a solo blast, his 15th of the year.
All hell broke loose in the 5th when the Orioles scored 6 runs and ran away with this game.Nelson Cruz drove in an unearned run on a fielding error by Matt Joyce. With two runner on, Delmon Young blasted a big three-run homer. J.J. Hardy and Chris Davis then immediately followed with solo home runs of their own.
Overall, it was a fun night at the Yard and good to see the bats come alive again.
Defensive Highlights/ Lowlights
Adam Jones made one of the plays of the year tonight in the 6th inning. He robbed the Rays of a three run home run at the center field wall. He then gunned a one-hopper to second base to nab a runner trying to tag up on the play.
Jonathan Schoop made a slick play on the run in the first inning to track down a ground ball hit by Ben Zobrist and gunned him down at first. Unfortunately, he also missed a catch in the 3rd that allowed an unearned run to score.
J.J. Hardy made a lunging stop in the 7th and fired a bullet to first to get Yunel Escobarout.
Key Moments In The Game
When Nick Markakis hit his two-run homer, it snapped a 15 at bat hitless streak and gave the Orioles a lead.
The three consecutive home runs in the 5ht put a finsihing touch on the run barrage and propelled the O's to victory.
Other Notes/ Musings
Impressive showing on offense tonight against a pitcher in Jake Odorizzi who has had a pretty solid rookie year in the Rays rotation.
Tonight marked the first time the Orioles have had back-to-back home runs and back-to-back-to-back home runs in the same game.
Orioles play tomorrow at 7 ET. Alex Cobb and Wei-Yin Chen are the scheduled starters.
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