Poor Pitching Costs Rays, Lose 7-5 to Orioles

Brian Blanco

A grand slam and a misplayed fly ball contribute to Rays loss.

Unable to keep their two-game winning streak alive, the Rays suffered defeat at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles last night by a score of 7-5.

Rays starting pitcher Erik Bedard was less than impressive as he wasn't able to avoid trouble for very long. After some self-inflicting damage with a wild pitch that scored the Orioles' first run, Bedard served up a grand slam to Chris Davis. It was initially called a double, but after an umpire review, the call was overturned to a grand slam.

Luckily for the Rays, left fielder David DeJesus wasn't hurt after a nasty collision with the wall as he attempted to make a play on Davis' home run.

"I was kind of lucky," DeJesus said after the game to reporters. "I hit the wall first and then I just crumbled. But last year when I separated my shoulder, I went straight into the wall with my shoulder. I had no idea if hit the wall or hit the pole."

Bedard's final line: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO

The Rays fought back, however. After back-to-back jacks in the third inning by Sean Rodriguez and Desmond Jennings, the Rays pulled within a run two innings later from a James Loney opposite field double. But the rally stopped there after failing to knock Loney in to tie the game.

In the seventh inning, a simple fly ball to right field gave Matt Joyce some serious issues, who seemed to turn around in different directions about two or three times before reaching out for the ball and missing it while crashing to the ground against the wall. It was scored a double and then Steve Pearce promptly unloaded the bases with a two-run home run.

The Rays plated another run in the eighth inning, but failed to provide any late-inning magic for the third straight game. They are now 28-44 and 13 GB out of first place in the AL East.

Alex Cobb and Kevin Gausman will face off in a matinee matchup this afternoon to decide the series winner. First pitch will be at 1:10 p.m. EST.

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