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Rays fall as Beeks struggles in debut

Rookie allows eight runs in 3 1/3 innings; Wendle's grab cuts HR streak
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BALTIMORE -- Jalen Beeks' Rays debut proved to be disappointing in Tampa Bay's 11-2 loss to the Orioles at Camden Yards on Saturday night.

"Probably wasn't his best outing," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "There were some unfortunate things that took place. Not a ton of hard hits until the end. He got kind of placed to death. They were placing balls everywhere, but they're hits. They're runs that scored. You can't take that away."

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BALTIMORE -- Jalen Beeks' Rays debut proved to be disappointing in Tampa Bay's 11-2 loss to the Orioles at Camden Yards on Saturday night.

"Probably wasn't his best outing," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "There were some unfortunate things that took place. Not a ton of hard hits until the end. He got kind of placed to death. They were placing balls everywhere, but they're hits. They're runs that scored. You can't take that away."

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Beeks was acquired by the Rays on Wednesday in a trade that sent Nathan Eovaldi to the Red Sox. He'd made two Major League appearances for the Red Sox earlier in the season.

After opener Ryne Stanek uncharacteristically gave up three runs in two innings, the rookie left-hander started the third and allowed no runs in his first inning of work despite walking the leadoff batter on four pitches.

Beeks wasn't able to escape trouble in the fourth. After issuing a one-out walk to Chris Davis, Danny Valencia and Trey Mancini singled to load the bases for Joey Rickard, who doubled to empty the bases. Caleb Joseph added an RBI single to put the Orioles up 7-2.

Video: TB@BAL: Rickard bloops a 3-run double down the line

After a scoreless fifth, Beeks surrendered another four runs in the sixth, leaving the game after 82 pitches, 45 for strikes, with one out in the sixth. Overall, he allowed eight runs on 10 hits and three walks while striking out one in 3 1/3 innings, moving his ERA from 12.79 to 15.83.

"It was a matter of him falling behind," Cash said. "His pitch count got up. We talk about it all the time. If you're 50-50 throwing strikes and balls in this league, they're going to get you, and especially in this division."

Beeks said he needed to get "in the zone more."

"In the end, just didn't get ahead of guys and put myself in bad counts," Beeks said. "I was attacking guys, but I was trying to be too fine attacking guys instead of just going right after them.

"I've still got to get ahead of guys. ... I hate walking guys. I walked three tonight, and I have to do a better job of that."

Kevin Gausman started for the Orioles, holding the Rays to two runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out five in seven innings to earn his fifth win of the season. Stanek moved to 1-3.

SOUND SMART
Saturday night's loss was the ninth time the Rays have allowed at least 10 runs in a game this season, but it was the first time the Rays have allowed 10 or more runs in back-to-back games this season.

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
Jonathan Schoop hit a ball deep to left to lead off the Orioles' eighth. Joey Wendle, who is primarily an infielder, raced to the wall to rob Schoop of his 17th home run of the season. Had the ball escaped Wendle, Schoop would have extended his homer streak to six games and set the Major League record for second basemen.

Video: TB@BAL: Wendle takes away a home run from Schoop

HE SAID IT
"It's been an ugly two days. It's tough. We've got to find a way to bounce back." -- Cash, on being outscored 26-7 in the last two games

UP NEXT
Yonny Chirinos (0-2, 3.78 ERA) will get the nod on Sunday against the Orioles in the 1:05 p.m. ET finale at Camden Yards. He pitched well in his return to the team on Tuesday, when he had a quality start against the Yankees, going a career-high 6 2/3 innings while allowing three runs. Right-hander Dylan Bundy (6-9, 4.57) will start for the Orioles.

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

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