American League Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, May 19th
(All times Eastern)
Tampa Bay Rays (22-20) at Baltimore Orioles (23-19), 1:35 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Tampa Bay - Matt Moore (7-0, 2.44)
Baltimore - Chris Tillman (3-1, 3.40)
(Sports Network) - Matt Moore attempts to become the first pitcher in Tampa
Bay history to win nine straight decisions on Sunday when the Rays and the
Baltimore Orioles close out their three-game set at Camden Yards.
After picking up a 12-10 victory in Friday's series opener, Tampa Bay defeated
Baltimore, 10-6, on Saturday to put itself in position for the sweep. Matt
Joyce's two-run double was the go-ahead hit in a six-run ninth inning that
lifted the Rays to the come from behind win.
Joyce homered with one on in the third inning and Kelly Johnson also hit a
solo shot in the ninth.
Tampa Bay won Friday's game as it held off a late Baltimore rally.
"It was definitely good to be on the other side of it," said Evan Longoria. "I
mean last night we won the game and really that's all that matters, but
walking out of here, it felt like we left something out there."
Longoria extended his hitting streak to 12 games on Saturday with a ninth-
inning double. His late extra base hit improved his average to .396 during
that span. Yunel Escobar is 11-for-26 with five doubles and seven RBI over his
past seven games.
The Rays now seek their ninth win in 11 games while Moore chases history.
Moore recovered to give the Rays his fifth quality start of the season en
route to his seventh win on Tuesday versus Boston.
"Well after the three-run homer in the first, he did start to settle down,"
Boston manager John Farrell said. "The number of strikeouts started to pile
up. We didn't create too many opportunities until that seventh inning."
Moore's impressive season has made him 7-0 with a 2.44 ERA. He is 1-2 with a
3.86 ERA in four career appearances at Camden Yards.
In Saturday's loss, Adam Jones slugged a two-run homer and drove in three for
the Orioles, who saw their franchise-record 109-game win streak when leading
after seven innings evaporate. Nick Markakis contributed three hits and drove
in a run, while Chris Davis added a solo shot and scored twice in defeat.
Baltimore hopes Chris Tillman can help it avoid the sweep. The 25-year old
right-hander left his last start after seven strong innings versus San Diego
but took a no decision.
"In the early part of the season, I struggled with (making in-game
adjustments) a little bit," Tillman said after fanning 11 Padres batters. "It
was one of my strong points last year, and I think it is starting to come
around a little bit. Being able to make adjustments within the game is
probably the biggest jump from Triple-A to the big leagues. Being able to make
the adjustments now instead of in between starts is huge. I think if you do
make the adjustments, you give your team a chance to win."
These teams met up for a pair of series in April, and Baltimore won two out of
three both times.
05/19 10:18:12 ET
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