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MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Rays take on the Orioles for the season finale, and although it seemed like the Orioles always had the Rays’ number this year, this time it was a different team on both sides.

Ryan Stanek opened the game, and although walked the first batter, was bailed out by Jesus Sucre who threw out Cedric Mullins. Stanek walked the next batter, but got Trey Machini to strike out, and Chris Davis to lineout.

Rays would start the scoring early with a scorched double by C.J. Cron to score Tommy Pham and move Matt Duffy over to third with only 1 out.

Orioles would temporarily prevent another run from scoring by throwing Matt Duffy out at home on a Kevin Kiermaier grounder. Willy Adames would get that run back with a single to score Cron and make it quickly 2-0 Rays. And they weren't done yet.

The very next batter, Brandon Lowe crushes a 3-run HR to make it 5-0 Rays at the end of the 1st.

Do you remember when I said safety squeeze bunts were one of the cooler things in baseball? It might be challenged by this play the Rays pulled off in the 2nd inning:

Double steals are great, they are just better when it includes a steal of home. 6-0 Rays in the 2nd inning.

Yonny Chirinos would be the “starter” and take over for Ryne Stanek in the 2nd. Chirinos had a strong outing, going 6.1 IP and only giving up 3 ER, with all of them coming in the 7th inning as the Orioles got their third look at Yonny.

Yonny would work to a lot of full counts, but did not walk anybody and struck out 6. By the time he would exit, he would leave with a score of 7-3.

Oh yeah, the Rays scored again, this time on a Carlos Gomez HR, complete with the best batflips in baseball.

Rays would add on in the 8th as Tommy Pham keeps up his hitting streak to 13 on a double to score Mallex Smith and make it 8-3 Rays.

Chaz Roe would take over for Yonny Chirinos and end the 7th. He would hand over the ball to Vidal Nuno, and although the Orioles would put a few runners on in the 9th, would be able to put up zeros to seal a dominant win for the Rays.

Final score: Rays - 8, Orioles - 3. Rays are 78-64 and 7.5 games back of the 2nd Wild Card spot.

Cleveland Indians come to the Trop, where the Rays are 43-24 in 2018. Corey Kluber takes on Opener Diego Castillo. Game time is at 7:10 pm