American League Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Baltimore
(Tuesday, April 16th)
Final Score: Baltimore 5, Tampa Bay 4
Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Jake Arrieta struck out seven over five-plus
innings of one-run ball, as the Baltimore Orioles held off the Tampa Bay Rays,
5-4, in the opener of a three-game set Tuesday at Camden Yards.
Arrieta (1-0) allowed three hits and walked five to earn his first victory
since June 13 of last season. Reliever Pedro Strop gave up three runs on a
pair of homers in the eighth to make it interesting, but closer Jim Johnson
retired the Rays in order in the ninth to nail down his sixth save of the
Matt Wieters smacked a solo home run and Nick Markakis collected two hits, an
RBI and a run scored for the O's, who have won two of their last three.
"He battled," Wieters said of Arrieta. "He didn't have his best command, but
he was still able to pound the zone enough to be able to make some pitches
when he needed to."
Evan Longoria launched a two-run homer, while Kelly Johnson and Desmond
Jennings each added a solo shot in the setback, Tampa Bay's fourth in a row.
Rays starter Roberto Hernandez (0-3) was tagged for five runs -- three earned
-- on five hits and three walks with seven strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings to
absorb the loss.
Jennings belted Arrieta's first offering over the wall in left field to give
the Rays the early lead, but the O's answered in the bottom half when Nate
McLouth worked a leadoff walk, stole second and easily crossed home on Manny
Machado's double to right-center field to make it a 1-1 game.
Wieters put the Orioles in front in the second when he clubbed a leadoff blast
that hit the top of the wall in right field before bouncing into the stands to
give the home team a 2-1 edge.
Baltimore tacked on a run in the third on Markakis' RBI single before adding
two more in the sixth to make it a 5-1 game.
After Markakis worked a leadoff walk to start the sixth, Adam Jones doubled
and Chris Davis was walked intentionally to load the bases.
Hernandez then fanned Wieters before getting J.J. Hardy to ground weakly to
third, but Longoria's throw to the plate was off the mark, allowing Markakis
to score from third for a 4-1 lead.
Ryan Flaherty followed with an RBI groundout off Jamey Wright to give the O's
a four-run advantage.
Tampa Bay's stagnant offense finally came to life in the eighth against Strop,
as Johnson stroked a leadoff homer and after Ben Zobrist worked a walk,
Longoria launched his second homer of the season over the left-field wall
to bring the Rays within 5-4.
The visitors would get no closer however, as Brian Matusz and Darren O'Day
combined to blank the Rays over the rest of the eighth before Johnson induced
three straight groundouts in the ninth to secure the victory for the Orioles.
"I was really pleased with the attitude, the effort," Rays manager Joe Maddon
said. "Not the results, but that will come."
The Rays went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and are now 1-for-
their-last-34 ... Hernandez allowed four runs over 6 2/3 frames in a loss to
the Orioles on April 4 ... Tampa Bay's 4-9 start matches the franchise record
for worst start in club history (2001, 2005) ... The Orioles have won a
franchise-record 97 straight regular season games when leading after seven
innings, trying them with the 2002-03 Atlanta Braves for the second longest
streak for any club during the expansion era. The 1998-99 New York Yankees own
the all-time mark at 116 games.
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