The Tampa Bay Rays looked to secure the series victory and set up the possibility of a sweep tomorrow afternoon against the Baltimore Orioles.
Diego Castillo opened the game with two quick outs. Jonathan Villar walked ahead of Trey Mancini singling to put runners on first and second. With Chris Davis batting Villar was caught stealing third to end the frame.
A night after winning the race to 100 losses the Orioles showed one reason why their record is what it is. Mallex Smith led off the inning with a hard grounder hit directly to third baseman Renato Nunez. Nunez handled the ball cleanly and spiked a throw that wasn’t able to be handled by the first baseman. Smith raced to second as soon as he saw the ball deflect off the first baseman’s glove. Smith moved to third on a fly ball to right field off the bat of Joey Wendle. Smith scored on a wild pitch. Wild pitch doesn’t really do the pitch justice. It’s rumored Carly Jae Repsen exclaimed “WOW” when she saw how wild the pitch was.
Well that's one way to get on the board pic.twitter.com/m6yP2R1V78— DRaysBay (@draysbay) September 8, 2018
Unfortunately that wasn’t the end of the misery for Orioles fans. Tommy Pham send a line drive down the right field line that Joey Rickard ran into the wall turning the double into a triple. Ji-Man Choi sent a drive to medium deep center field to score Pham and put the Rays up 2-0. Kevin Kiermaier continued his hot stretch at the plate with a single on a liner to right field. Willy Adames continued the hit parade with an infield single to Nunez at third with Kiermaier moving to third base as he was on the move in the full count. Jake Bauers came through with a single on a grounder to left field to make the score 3-0 and move Adames to third base. During the next plate appearance Bauers attempted to steal second and induced a throw and allowed Adames to score before getting tagged racing back to first. Rays up 4-0.
With the four run lead Kevin Cash went to the bullpen and summed his bulk guy Ryan Yarbrough. Tim Beckham reached on an infield single that Brandon Lowe made a spectacular diving play up the middle, but couldn’t make a throw. That would be all the Orioles would muster.
The misfortune for the Orioles continued in the second. Lowe hit a fly ball that had too much launch angle. The center fielder was camped a few steps from the warning track, but next thing you know the ball lands just past the infield dirt. Lowe got credited with a double off the B-ring. Nick Ciuffo’s shoe got nicked on the first pitch earning him first base. Smith hit a grounder that resulted in a single out at second. Wendle laid down a bunt directly at the pitcher and David Hess made a perfect glove flip to the catcher, but Lowe was able to squeeze in the backdoor. Pham and Choi struck out to end the threat with the Rays holding a 5-0 lead.
In the top of the third inning the Orioles put together a rally. It all started with a one out walk by Cedric Mullins ahead of a Joey Rickard double. Jonathan Villar followed with a slowly hit infield single to put the Orioles on the board. Yarbrough induced the double play ball to limit the damage to one. Orioles 1, Rays 5.
Beckham picked up a hit in the fourth inning ahead of a loud homer off the bat of Renato Nunez to score two. Orioles 3, Rays 5.
Rickard picked up yet another hit against Rays pitching with one out in the fifth, but was thrown out by Nick CIuffo on a throw that got by Jake Bauers at first base. Jonathan Villar walked ending the night for Ryan Yarbrough. Ryne Stanek got Mancini to line out to right field to end the inning. Orioles 3, Rays 5.
Ryan Yarbrough’s line: 3.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 K, 2 BB, 1 HRA
Yarbrough didn’t make it through five innings though he left as the pitcher of record since he didn’t start the game.
In the bottom of the fifth Ji-Man Choi hit a double off the wall to end the streak of nine straight batters retired by David Hess. Kiermaier left Choi stranded after sending a medium depth fly ball to left field. Orioles 3, Rays 5.
Adam Kolarek came in to relieve Stanek after one batter faced. Kolarek induced three groundouts in the frame.
Adames led off the bottom of the sixth with a double down the third base line. Bauers bunted Adames over to third with the first out of the inning. Matt Duffy pinch hit for Lowe. Adames scored on a wild pitch. Duffy came through with a liner up the middle for a single. Ciuffo followed with a single. Smith hit a high chopper off the plate to load the bases with one out. Wendle followed with a sacrifice fly scoring the second run of the inning. Orioles 3, Rays 7.
Kolarek remained in the game in the seventh. Nunez started the inning with a single, but Kolarek struck out John Andreoli and Mullins to end his evening. Chaz Roe came into the game to get Rays killer Rickard. Rickard singled on a ground ball. After Rickard stole third base Villar delivered a two run single on a liner to left field. After Mancini was hit by a pitch Roe was removed without picking up an out. Jose Alvarado struck out Davis swinging to maintain the Rays lead. Orioles 5, Rays 7.
The Rays didn’t waste time adding onto their lead. CJ Cron led off the seventh with a single pinch hitting for Choi. Kiermaier singled on a grounder to left field. After Adames struck out for the first out, Bauers walked to load the bases. Duffy singled to score two. Smith lined a single to score the third run of the inning. Orioles 5, Rays 10.
Jaime Schultz came in the eighth and sat the Orioles down in order.
Andrew Kittredge came on for the ninth. After Corban Joseph struck out swinging Mullins dropped down a bunt that stayed fair for a single. Rickard followed with a game-ending double play. Rays win!
Ryan Yarbrough collected his 14th win of the season. He only has pitched five or more innings in a game 14 times this season and earned seven wins in those games. This marked the seventh time Yarbrough won a game without throwing five innings and six of those came with at least three innings pitched.
The Oakland Athletics continued to win, so the Rays remain 8.0 games behind in the wild card chase. The New York Yankees defeated the Mariners bringing the Rays within 0.5 a game and tied in the loss column.
The Rays look for the sweep tomorrow with Ryne Stanek on the mound as the opener.