The Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Orioles 3-1; that’s four losses in a row if you’re keeping track.
In what is becoming a recurring theme, a quality start by Jorge Lopez (6.0 IP, 3 R, 8 H, 1 BB, 5 K) was wasted. Lopez allowed all three runs to score via Tampa Bay homers, a solo to Yoshi Tsutsugo and a two-run to Randy Arozarena.
The game looked like it might be a different story as the Orioles loaded the bases in the first inning. Chance Sisco‘s RBI hit-by-pitch scored Jose Iglesias before Hanser Alberto grounded out to end the threat.
The Orioles we only able to get a runner to second base two more times the rest of the way: in the second and fifth innings.
Tampa Bay pitching limited the Orioles to 6 hits with both Ryan Mountcastle and Austin Hays going 2 for 4.
Evan Philips (2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 K) and Travis Lakins, Sr (1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB) were solid in relief of Lopez.
With the loss, the Orioles are guaranteed to finish the season below .500.