The Rays took one on the chin Sunday afternoon losing to the Baltimore Orioles by a final score of 10-7. The loss snaps the Rays modest 5 game home winning streak and drops their record to 34-28 on the season. With the win the Orioles end their 5 game losing streak against the Rays and improve their record to 35-28.
Matt Moore (8-2, 3.78 ERA) was looking to put his performanceagainst the Detroit Tigers last Tuesday (2 IP, 6ER) in the rear view mirror but it was not to be. The Orioles offense hit Moore like they were holding him personally accountable for being held to 1 run on 6 hits over the first two games of the series.
On the afternoon Moore worked 5 innings, allowed 9 runs/8 earned, on 12 base hits including 6 doubles and a HR, uncorked 2 wild pitches, and hit a batter. He was unable to find any consistency in his arsenal and seemed to be searching for something — anything that would work. He allowed a career high 9 runs and allowed 12 hits and tied a career high 8 earned runs
After the game Moore admitted to being a bit irritated after allowing runs in each of the first four innings saying, “Two runs in the first, ‘o.k. our guys have that’ – five runs is a whole new ballgame. That’s a big number, especially against a guy like Tillman and what their bullpen looks like late in games. It’s irritating and it’s something I can’t continue to let happen.”
After Chris Tillman (6-2, 3.95 ERA) worked a very effective 6 innings holding the Rays offense to 3R/2ER and Darren O’Day working a scoreless 7th the Rays offense fought back against Orioles reliever Brian Matusz.
The inning began with a Jose Molina single and Sam Fuld followed with a a 2-run homer to right to cut the Orioles lead to 10-5. For Fuld, it was his first home run since May 27, 2011 against Josh Tomlin of the Cleveland Indians. Matt Joyce followed Sam Fuld’s home run with a single but Matusz came back to retire both Sean Rodriguez and Kelly Johnson. Evan Longoria singled to keep the rally alive for Luke Scott who fell behind in the count 0-2 before delivering an RBI single. Tommy Hunter came in to replace Matusz and struck out Desmond Jennings to end the inning.
Hunter worked the 9th inning and allowed a leadoff single to Ryan Roberts, struck out Jose Molina, and got Sam Fuld to ground into a fielders choice to bring the Rays to within 1-out of victory but Matt Joyce kept the inning alive with an opposite field single. With 2-on and 2-out Buck Showalter brought in his closer Jim Johnson.
Joe Maddon pinch hit Jose Lobaton for Sean Rodriguez and Lobaton delivered a RBI single to bring the tying run to the plate in Kelly Johnson. Jim Johnson fell behind in the count 2-o but came back to get Johnson to pop out to shortstop J.J. Hardy. Since Jim Johnson entered the game with the tying run in the on-deck circle he was credited with his 21st save on the year.
J.J. Hardy, Adam Jones Matt Wieters, Alexi Casilla, and Steve Pearce all had multi-hit games with Jones, Pearce, and Hardy each finishing with 3 hits apiece. Adam Jones finished the day 1-hit shy of the cycle. Overall the Orioles tied a season high with 10 runs and 7 doubles and they fell just two hits short of their season high of 16 hits.
The Rays will to resume their winning ways as the Boston Red Sox come to St. Petersburg for a 3 game series beginning Monday night. The Rays will send Alex Cobb (6-2, 2.39 ERA) to the mound and the Red Sox counter with John Lackey (3-2, 2.79 ERA).