ST. PETERSBURG — Despite receiving 6.2 shutout innings from David Hess on Friday night in a 2-0 shutout win, Andrew Cashner and Kevin Gausman combined for 12 earned runs between 7.2 combined innings in 5-1 and 8-3 losses as the Orioles dropped this weekend’s series at Tropicana Field 2-1.
Game 2 (5-1 TB): The Rays limited the Orioles to three hits with Baltimore’s lone run coming in the seventh inning off a single by Chris Davis. The Orioles offense never posed a real threat and failed to record a hit until the fifth inning when Danny Valencia tripled, but the next three batters were retired.
Cashner came into Saturday with a much better ERA on the road (3.74) than at home (5.35), but against Tampa he gave up five runs in five innings on 11 hits, four walks, and four strikeouts. He came out to begin the sixth inning, but loaded the bases on a double and two walks before being pulled for Tanner Scott, who struck out the side to prevent additional damage.
The Rays scored all five of their runs over the first two innings off Cashner. C.J. Cron singled with one out in the first inning and scored on a triple by Joey Wendle. Wilson Ramos then doubled to bring home Wendle, but Ramos was tagged out at third base trying to stretch his double into a triple. In the second inning, Mallex Smith and Daniel Robertson singled to put runners on first and third with no outs. Following a fly-out by Carlos Gomez, Smith scored on a single by Rob Refsnyder that landed Robertson at second base. Then, Cron would double to score both Robertson and Refsnyder to make it 5-0.
After Scott escaped trouble in the sixth inning, Miguel Castro worked the final two innings, walking two with a strikeout. For the Rays, “starter” Ryne Stanek struck out three Orioles in the first 1.2 innings, and then Anthony Banda worked the next 6.1 innings with seven K’s. The effort was good for Banda’s first win of the season. Cashner receives the loss and is now 2-6 on the season.
Game 3 (8-3 TB): The Orioles chased Sergio Romo out of the game after only recording one out. Former Oriole Vidal Nuño came on in relief. With the bases loaded, Davis popped out to left field to score Pedro Álvarez. Nuño intentionally walked Valencia, Chance Sisco drew a walk to score Manny Machado, and Craig Gentry singled to score Jonathan Schoop. All three runs were charged to Romo.
Before Gausman even took the mound his offense gave him a 3-0 lead, but it would not last. Brad Miller, the first hitter Gausman faced, hit a solo home run to make it 3-1. The Rays totaled six runs in the third inning on a double by Miller, RBI singles from Wendle and Christian Arroyo, and finally a groundout by Smith that scored a run. Buck Showalter pulled Gausman after 2.2 innings after the 27-year-old right-hander allowed seven runs on six hits, two walks, a strikeout, and two hit batters.
After Gausman’s exit, Mike Wright Jr. threw 2.2 scoreless innings with five strikeouts on two hits and two walks. Gomez added Tampa’s eighth run on a solo home run in the seventh inning off Pedro Araujo.
Up next: The Orioles fly home to Baltimore for a two series, seven-game home-stand at Camden Yards featuring the Washington Nationals (May 28-30) and the New York Yankees (May 31-Jun. 3).
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