EditorsNote: Tweaks 8th, last graf
Adeiny Hechavarria lined the tiebreaking single in a two-run seventh inning as the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the host Baltimore Orioles 4-3 Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series at Camden Yards.
Alex Cobb (2-14) started for the Orioles, and his problems continued. Cobb gave up four runs (three earned) on eight hits in six-plus innings and dropped his seventh straight decision and his fifth consecutive start. He is 0-3 this season versus his former team.
The game was tied at two until Cobb ran into trouble in the seventh. Ji-Man Choi led off with a double off the top of the wall in left field. The umpires reviewed as it went through a fan’s hands, but they stuck with their original ruling of a two-base hit.
A Joey Wendle single moved Choi to third before Hechavarria’s single gave the Rays a 3-2 lead. Orioles reliever Jhan Marinez came on later in the inning, and his throwing error let in a run that gave Tampa Bay a 4-2 advantage.
The Rays went with the pitching-by-committee approach once again. Hunter Wood began the game with 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Ryan Yarbrough (9-5) went the next 4 1/3 frames and earned the win in a long-relief role.
Yarbrough gave up two runs on six hits. Sergio Romo pitched 1 2/3 innings, and Austin Pruitt recorded the final four outs to register his second save.
Tampa Bay took a 2-0 lead in the fourth with RBI singles from Jake Bauers and Choi.
Baltimore tied it an inning later when Jonathan Schoop hit a two-run homer that just got inside the left field foul pole. Schoop now has homered in four consecutive games.
Schoop entered the game with a .367 average this month, and this was his seventh July homer. He has hit 15 this season after missing time from mid-April to mid-May.
Chris Davis gave the Orioles some power after the Rays took their lead in the seventh by hitting a solo homer off Romo in the eighth. However, the Orioles couldn’t complete the comeback.
—Field Level Media