Joel Peralta Falters, Rays Late Rally Falls Short In 5-3 Loss
The Tampa Bay Rays (15-18) fell to the Baltimore Orioles (16-14) by a final score of 5-3. Darren O’Day picked up the victory for the Orioles to pick up his first win of the year and the loss goes to Joel Peralta who falls to 1-2. Tommy Hunter came in to work the ninth inning and despite loading the bases with one out was able to work his way out of the jam and picked up his ninth save on the season.
The Rays came back to tie the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh inning but Joel Peralta was unable to hold the Orioles off the board in the eighth inning as the Orioles added a pair of runs to take the 5-3 lead.
Chris Archer was coming off his shortest outing of his season (4.2 IP/5ER) against the Boston Red Sox and was making his third start of the season at home. In his previous two starts at home he has posted a 2-0 record with a 2.13 ERA and hasn’t lost at home in his last seven starts.
He was spotted a 2-o lead on Evan Longoria‘s fourth home run in the bottom of the first inning but Steve Pearce sent a line drive home run to left to lead off the third inning to cut the Rays lead to 2-1. It was only the second home run in 37.1 innings of work allowed by Archer on the season.
The Orioles loaded the bases with nobody out in the top of the fourth inning on back to back singles by Nelson Cruz and Adam Jones and Matt Wieters reached on a Yunel Escobar error. Cruz came in to score on a J.J. Hardy sacrifice fly but Archer came back to strike out Steve Clevinger and retired Steve Pearce on a groundout to third to end the inning.
For the second time in two innings the Orioles loaded the bases with nobody out. Ryan Flaherty led the inning off with a double, Nick Markakis walked, and Manny Machado singled. After Nelson Cruz struck out Adam Jones delivered the sacrifice fly to give the Orioles the 3-2 lead before Archer retired Matt Wieters on a fly out to end the inning.
Archer’s night was over after allowing three runs (all earned) on seven hits striking out six and walking one. He would not be tagged with the loss as Brad Boxberger and Brandon Gomes combined to keep the Orioles off the board for two innings and the Rays tied the game with a single run in their half of the seventh inning.
Wil Myers led the inning off with a single and David DeJesus worked a 10-pitch walk to put runners at fist and second. Darren O’Day came in to replace Chris Tillman with Yunel Escobar due up. Escobar attempted to sacrifice bung but first baseman Steve Pearce charged in and threw to Manny Machado to retire Myers at third.
The game wouldn’t remained tied for long as the Orioles loaded the bases with one out against Joel Peralta. Matt Wieters delivered a lead off single and moved to third on a one-out double by Steve Clevenger.
After Clevenger’s double their was a 19-minute delay after a power strike outside the stadium took out a few banks of lights. Although some of the lights hadn’t come back on Crew Chief Joe West felt there was enough light to resume the game.
After the delay Peralta walked Steve Pearce to load the bases and gave up the go-ahead RBI single to Ryan Flaherty.
Juan Carlos Oviedo came in with the bases loaded and one out and got Nick Markakis to force out Flaherty at second but Clevenger crossed home plate to give the Orioles the 5-3 lead. Oviedo retired Nelson Cruz to end the inning and keep the deficit at just two runs at 5-3.
Zach Britton came in to work the eighth inning for the Orioles. He brought the tying run to the plate issuing a one-out walk to Evan Longoria but James Loney was called out on strikes and Wil Myers grounded out to end the inning.
Oviedo remained in the game to work the ninth inning and retired the side in order.
Tommy Hunter came in to work the ninth for the Orioles and after David DeJesus led off with a single and moved up to second base on a wild pitch. After being behind in the count no balls and two strikes Yunel Escobar came back to draw a walk and was replaced by pinch runner Sean Rodriguez.
Ryan Hanigan successfully moved both DeJesus and Rodriguez into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt for the top of the Rays order.
The Orioles chose to intentionally walk Ben Zobrist to load the bases for Desmond Jennings who has had success against Tommy Hunter (4 for 9) in his career. The move worked as Hunter retired Jennings on a shallow fly ball to right field to bring Logan Forsythe to the plate as the Rays last hope. Hunter was up to the challenge and struck out Forsythe to end the game.