Rays Score Eight Unanswered Runs, Win Series Over Orioles

Pruitt Gets Rare Multi-Inning Save

The Tampa Bay Rays scored eight unanswered runs to defeat the Baltimore Orioles 8-3 on Sunday afternoon.

Vidal Nuno (1-0, 0.00 ERA) picks up his first win for the Rays who improve to 25-26 on the season. Austin Pruitt worked the final 5.2-innings to pick up the save. It’s the third longest recorded save since the “save” became a statistic in 1969.

While with the Texas Rangers (09/03/02), Joaqauin Benoit earned a save logging seven innings against the Baltimore Orioles.  Horacio Pena, also with Texas (4/23/72), picked up a six inning save against the California Angels.

It was the Rays third win in the last four games on the heels of a three game losing streak. They improve to 8-4 over their last 12 series after four of their last five.

Kevin Gausman (3-4, 4.31 ERA) takes the loss for the Orioles who fall to 17-36 on the season. The Orioles wrap up their 11-game road trip finishing 4-7.

Rays In Early Hole:

The Orioles batted around in the first taking a 3-0 lead. Sergio Romo only recorded one out allowing a walk and a pair of singles. Vidal Nuno came in to face left hander Chris Davis with the bases loaded and he drove in the games first run with a sacrifice. An intentional walk to Danny Valencia loaded the bases before issuing a traditional walk to Chance Sisco to plate the O’s second run. Craig Gentry followed with an perfectly executed bunt single to bring home the third run.

Miller Responds Quickly:

Brad Miller led off the Rays half of the first connecting on his fifth homer of the season to cut the deficit to 3-1. It was Miller’s second career homer leading off a game. The last came as a member of the Seattle Mariners. He hit that homer against Chris Archer on August 13, 2013 at Tropicana Field.  According to Statcast, the ball left the bat at 109 miles per hour and traveled 436 feet.

Nuno Keeps Orioles At Bay:

Nuno held the Orioles at bay in the second inning and retired the first two batters in the third.  Chance Sisco battled his way to an 11-pitch walk to begin a threat. Craig Gentry followed with a soft single to Craig Gentry and loaded the bases by walking Jace Peterson. After a visit by Kyle Snyder gave Nuno a breather he retired Trey Mancini on a flyout to right to end the threat.

Rays Bat Around In Third:

The Rays batted around in the third, scoring six runs, to take a 7-3 lead and knocked Kevin Gausman out of the game. Brad Miller had a 2-RBI double, Joey Wendle and RBI single, Mallex Smith grounded out driving in a run, and Christian Arroyo plated two with a single. According to Statcast the ball left the bat at 108 miles per hour and traveled 433 feet.

Gomez Homer Gives Rays Insurance Run:

The Rays added a run in the seventh on Carlos Gomez‘s sixth homer of the season.

Up Next For Rays:

Tampa Bay Rays, Baltimore Orioles
AP Photo; Chris O’Meara

The Rays depart for a 10-day, 9-game road trip beginning Monday in Oakland for four, then to Seattle for three, and finally back east to take on the Washington Nationals for two.

Chris Archer (3-3, 4.68 ERA) takes the mound for the Rays on Monday afternoon at 4:05.  The Athletics counter with right hander Trevor Cahill (1-2, 2.75 ERA).

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