Rays Offense Relentless Against Orioles
The Tampa Bay Rays guaranteed the season series win over the Baltimore Orioles defeating them 10-5.
Ryan Yarbrough (14-5, 3.78 ERA) picks up the win for Tampa Bay who run their record to 77-64 on the season.
The Rays are 6-1 over their last seven games and 15-3 over their last 18. It was their 10th straight victory at home tying the second longest home winning streak in franchise history. They also won 10 in a row from April 21 through May 4, 2012. The franchise record is 11 in a row on April 22nd through May 13, 2008.
Tampa Bay’s offense scored double-digit runs for the 10th time this season and had their 56th game of 10 hits or more (14). They are 10-0 when scoring double-digit runs and improve to 46-10 when registering 10 or more hits. The Rays have scored double-digit runs for the first time since July 19 through 20, 2016 at Colorado. It’s the first time they’ve done it at Tropicana Field since April 18 through 19th, 2014 against the Yankees.
It’s been a relentless offense averaging 6.25 runs per game over their last 16 games. “Even on the road trip I started to sense that a little bit.” Manager Kevin Cash said. “Back in the Atlanta series, the Cleveland series, when we were starting to score runs and then adding to it. And tonight, it seemed like we needed every bit of it in the end.”
Yarbrough took over for Diego Castillo who worked a scoreless first. He worked 3.2-innings allowing three earned runs on six hits while striking out three and walking three.
Yarbrough’s 14th win on the season ties the Rays franchise mark for wins for a rookie with Rolando Arrojo (14-12, 3.56 ERA) in 1998.
David Hess (3-10, 5/17 ERA) takes the loss for the Orioles who see their record fall to 41-101. Baltimore is a season-high 60-games under .500, their most since finishing the 1939 season at 43-11 as the St. Louis Browns.
Tampa Bay’s offense scored 10 runs in a nontraditional fashion. They scored twice on wild pitches, got a run on a double steal where Willy Adames scored while Jake Bauers got in a rundown, a safety squeeze, two sacrifice flies, and a trio of singles.
The Rays pounded out 14 hits, 10 of which were singles. Every starter had at least one hit except Joey Wendle who had two runs driven in. Mallex Smith, Kevi Kiermaier, Willy Adames, and Matt Duffy each had two hits.
Combined Effort From The Pen:
After the opener (Diego Castillo) and the headliner (Ryan Yarbrough) the Rays cobbled the rest of the game. Ryne Stanek retired the only batter he faced ending the fifth inning. Adam Kolarek allowed an earned run in 1.2-innings.
Chaz Roe failed to retire any of the three batters he faced in the seventh but was bailed out by Jose Alvarado who struck out Chris Davis to end the seventh. Jaime Schultz worked a scoreless eighth and Andrew Kittredge
Up Next For Rays:
The Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles conclude their season series on Sunday afternoon at 1:10. Ryne Stanek (2-3, 2.67 ERA) will be the opener for the Rays. The Orioles will start Josh Rogers (1-1, 4.35 ERA).