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Cron has 2-HR game in Rays' 3rd straight loss

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BALTIMORE -- C.J. Cron homered twice on Sunday, otherwise, little went well for the Rays over their weekend in Baltimore.

Sunday afternoon, the Orioles claimed an 11-5 win at Camden Yards, handing the Rays their third consecutive loss. During the Rays' skid, the Orioles outscored them 37-12 after the Rays won the opening game of the four-game series, 4-3, Thursday night.

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BALTIMORE -- C.J. Cron homered twice on Sunday, otherwise, little went well for the Rays over their weekend in Baltimore.

Sunday afternoon, the Orioles claimed an 11-5 win at Camden Yards, handing the Rays their third consecutive loss. During the Rays' skid, the Orioles outscored them 37-12 after the Rays won the opening game of the four-game series, 4-3, Thursday night.

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"More than anything, just falling behind hitters," said Rays manager Kevin Cash when asked about his team's funk. "A lot of bad counts, and they capitalized it seems like on every opportunity. Soft hits, hard hits, home runs, doubles, singles, any mistake we made whether on the field or on the mound, they capitalized. And that's why you saw a bunch of runs cross."

Chris Davis' two-run homer off Yonny Chirinos fueled a three-run Orioles first. Cron answered in the second with the first of his two solo shots, which gave the Rays' slugger 22 for the season.

Jake Bauers hit his seventh home run of the season and added a sacrifice fly to complete the Rays' scoring.

Video: TB@BAL: Bauers belts a solo home run in the 6th

Jonathan Schoop hit a three-run homer off Andrew Kittredge in the seventh. Schoop's third homer of the series gave him 17 for the season. Davis added his second homer of the game in the eighth, when he hit a two-run shot off Diego Castillo to complete the Orioles' scoring.

Dylan Bundy got the win after holding the Rays to three runs on four hits while striking out seven.

"[Bundy] got ahead early in the count," Cash said. "He worked his fastball around. He had a good slider. We didn't do much of anything other than three solo home runs. So, two from C.J. and the other one from Jake. He's good.

"I know what these guy's numbers are, and their staff has struggled at times. But they've got big league pitchers and if you catch them at the wrong time, they can dominate a lineup, and that's ultimately what took place for the last three days."

With the loss, the Rays fell back to .500 at 53-53.

"Obviously disappointed with the way we've been playing," Daniel Robertson said. "Not ideal, especially after taking two of three from New York. We just have to bounce back at home where we've been playing well, and we've got 10 games or so there, and hopefully we bounce back and get to our winning ways."

Robertson exits with bruised left ankle

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Davis hit a ball deep to center field off Chirinos in the first. Rays center fielder Mallex Smith got a read on the ball, leaping at the last instant only to have the ball drop out of his glove and over the wall, giving Davis his 12th home run of the season and putting the Orioles up 3-0.

"I had it, then when I hit the wall, I kind of just ricocheted, my whole body," Smith said. "And the ball just slipped out."

Video: TB@BAL: Davis hits 2-run homer that just eludes Smith

SNELL UPDATE
Left-hander Blake Snell (left shoulder fatigue) threw a bullpen on Sunday and all went well.

"Went well," Cash said. "He said he felt great. He threw 20-25 pitches. I'm guessing in all likelihood we'll have him throw another bullpen. … I don't think another bullpen is going to really hurt him. It will probably benefit him to get out there and work on his command a little more so he's ready to go when we activate him. We have not set a date yet [for when he'll be activated]."

HE SAID IT
"It's one series, we'll bounce back. ... Feels good to have an off-day. Kind of get these butt whuppins out of our head. Be ready to put it on the next team we go against." -- Smith, on having a day off Monday

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
Hunter Wood took over from Chirinos to start the fourth, and Austin Wynns greeted him with a homer to left. Cash thought that the fan who caught the ball had reached over into the playing field to make the grab, which prompted a crew chief review. Following a 54 second review, the call on the field stood.

Video: TB@BAL: Wynns homers after a confirmed call in 4th

UP NEXT
Ryne Stanek gets the nod on Tuesday against the Angels in a 7:10 p.m. ET contest at Tropicana Field. Since the start of June, Stanek is 0-2 with a 1.74 ERA in 24 appearances. His average velocity this season is 98 mph, according to Statcast™, and his maximum velocity is 100.5 mph. Left-hander Tyler Skaggs will start for the Angels.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

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