The Baltimore Orioles were unable to carry any momentum gained by back-to-back wins over the LA Angels into Friday’s contest with the Tampa Bay Ray as they fell by a score of 6-3. A walk followed by four consecutive singles, all with two outs, put traffic on the bases and resulted in a 3-0 Tampa Bay lead. A hit batter and a walk in the 7th inning set the stage for a 3-run homerun by Mike Zunino. Six runs on 5 hits was all the Rays needed to halt the Orioles “winning streak”.
The Orioles did pull within a run of the Rays in the 4th inning with Austin Hays (2 for 4, 1 Run Scored, 2 RBI) two-run homerun, his 14th of the year. Cedric Mullins (2 for 5, 1 Run Scored, 1 RBI) hit his 23rd homerun of the year in the 9th to account for the final score. Mullins is now tied with Ryan (ROYan) Mountcastle for the team lead in homeruns. Mountcastle went 0 for 5 in Friday’s game.
Ramon Urias went 2 for 3 and was hit by a pitch while Anthony Santander, also hit by a pitch, went 1 for 3.
Matt Harvey turned that 3- run first inning into a quality start for Baltimore. He tossed 6.0 innings, allowing 3 runs on 4 hits with 1 walk and 4 strikeouts. He also retired all 16 batters he faced following Zunino’s homerun and ultimately took the loss.
Tanner Scott, who pitched the 7th, surrendered the difference making homerun, walked 1 and hit a batter.
Marcos Diplan finished the game and held the Rays in check by allowing no hits and striking out 1 over the final two frames.
2021 Record: 40-87
Next Game: Sat. Aug. 28 @ 7:05pm