Final Score: Tampa Bay 3, Baltimore 1
St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - David DeJesus hit a solo home run as the
Tampa Bay Rays took a 3-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles in the third of a
Matt Joyce and James Loney each drove in a run for the Rays, who have taken
the first three games of this series.
Enny Romero gave up a hit and four walks over 4 2/3 innings in his Major
League debut. Jeremy Hellickson was scheduled to start the game, but pitched 2
1/3 innings in Friday's 18-inning game. Brandon Gomes (3-1) picked up the win
after getting the final out of the fifth and first out of the sixth.
"The pitching has been outstanding," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "We've
gotten enough hitting. The defense has been great."
Tampa maintained its half-game lead over Cleveland for the top wild card spot
in the American League. The Indians defeated the Astros earlier on Sunday.
Matt Wieters drove in the lone run of the game for the Orioles, who have
dropped their past four to fall out of the playoff race as the team is now 4
1/2 games out.
"We can do it, we can do it," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of his
club's chances of making it to October. "We're going to have to get a little
cooperation mathematically, but you'd be surprised how quickly the outlook on
things change in one day's time."
Scott Feldman (5-5) was tagged with the loss for giving up all three runs
on six hits in 6 1/3 innings.
DeJesus led off the first with his first home run with the Rays to give Tampa
Bay a quick 1-0 lead.
The score stayed that way until the Rays gave themselves some breathing space
in the sixth. Desmond Jennings led off with a bunt and moved to second on Ben
Zobrist's walk. After a wild pitch, Joyce lofted a sac fly to left. Two
batters later, Loney punched a single to left for a 3-0 lead.
Baltimore had just two runners reach second base in the first eight innings,
but was able to keep from getting shut out as Wieters doubled home Danny
Valencia, who had singled with two outs, in the ninth inning. Fernando Rodney
struck out J.J. Hardy to end the game for his 36th save of the season.
Tampa has won 12 of the 18 games against Baltimore this season ... Wei-Yin
Chen pitches for Baltimore on Monday while Chris Archer is scheduled to take
the mound for Tampa Bay.
09/22 20:55:02 ET
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