Bradley goes 6 strong innings; Rays beat Orioles 7-2 to split 2-game series

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Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Taj Bradley delivers to the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 21, 2023, in St. Petersburg, Fla.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Rookie Taj Bradley allowed one run over a career-high six innings, Randy Arozarena and Isaac Paredes homered, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-2 on Wednesday to split a two-game series between the top two teams in the AL East

Bradley (5-3) gave up three hits and struck out eight, The 22-year old has struck out 71 over 49 innings.

Arozarena and Paredes started a four-run second with consecutive homers against Tyler Wells (6-3), who also made two errors during the inning.

Arozarena had an RBI single in a two-run seventh as Tampa Bay improved to 32-8 at home and stopped a season-long three-game skid overall. He went 3 for 3 with a walk and is hitting .364 with 16 homers and 40 RBIs in 42 games against Baltimore.

Colin Poche, Kevin Kelly and Zack Littell completed a four-hitter.

Ramón Urías and Gunnar Henderson homered for the Orioles, who are five back of the first-place Rays.

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Baltimore’s Austin Hays, who started the day with the AL’s top batting average, went 0 for 3 and had his average drop from .327 to .323. His career-best five-game multiple-hits streak ended.

After Arozarena and Paredes went deep in the second, Manuel Margot reached when Wells misplayed his 57-mph comebacker before Taylor Walls walked. After both advanced on Christian Bethancourt’s fly, Wells fielded Jose Siri’s soft infield single near the third-base line but made an errant throw to first as two runs scored.

Wells gave up four runs and four hits in five innings. The right-hander had won his previous three starts in which he allowed two runs in each of the outings.

The Baltimore starters streak of allowing three or fewer runs ended at 11 games. It’s just the second time in 22 games that they allowed more than three.

ROCKIN’ AT THE PARK

Rock legend and Orioles fan Joan Jett was at the game. She was in the Tampa Bay area for a concert Wednesday night. Wearing an Orioles’ shirt, Jett had a front row seat behind the Baltimore dugout.

UP NEXT

Orioles: Will face Seattle RHP Logan Gilbert (4-4) on Friday night.

Rays: LHP Shane McClanahan (11-1) looks to become the majors’ first 12-game winner Thursday night against Kansas City. Former Tampa Bay coach Matt Quatraro faces his old team for the first time since becoming the Royals manager.

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