ST. PETERSBURG -- Dylan Bundy gave the Orioles exactly what they needed Saturday afternoon: A quality start.The right-hander held the Rays to three runs on five hits and four walks, while striking out eight in seven innings to claim his eighth win of the season and lead the Orioles to
ST. PETERSBURG -- Dylan Bundy gave the Orioles exactly what they needed Saturday afternoon: A quality start.
The right-hander held the Rays to three runs on five hits and four walks, while striking out eight in seven innings to claim his eighth win of the season and lead the Orioles to an 8-3 win at Tropicana Field.
"He was throwing his fastball, he was commanding it pretty well tonight," Steven Souza Jr., said. "I don't think he commanded his off-speed very well, but he showed his fastball enough in all locations to keep us honest on it. When we faced him in Baltimore, he wasn't commanding it that well, but he was commanding it well today."
Bundy went at least seven innings for the sixth time this season, bridging the gap to the back end of the Orioles' bullpen that pitched two scoreless innings. By doing so, the Orioles staff snapped its dubious record-tying streak of 20 consecutive games in which it had allowed five or more runs.
"It was very important because we've been struggling a little bit," Orioles catcher Welington Castillo said of Bundy's outing. "Holding that offense through seven innings, that means a lot. We need that from him, and all the starters, just to give a little break to the 'pen."
Mark Trumbo's two-run double off Jumbo Diaz with two outs in the seventh put the Orioles ahead, 5-3. Trey Mancini followed with his 13th home run to push the Orioles' lead to four runs.
Home runs bit Rays starter Jacob Faria in the early going. Castillo connected for a two-run homer in the second, and Adam Jones hit a solo shot in the third to put the Orioles up, 3-0.
Not to be out-homered, the Rays put the long ball into play in the third inning against Bundy. Corey Dickerson went first with a two-run shot on the first pitch he saw. Longoria followed by reaching the seats on Bundy's next pitch.
But the O's righty made a key adjustment to get through seven.
"I started pitching in a little bit more," Bundy said. "Just trying to make them get a little bit off the plate. They were leaning out over there. They hit my pitches. Those were two good pitches, and I've got to tip my hat to them."
Mychal Givens got the final four outs for the Orioles. Faria came away with a no-decision in his fourth Major League start after winning his previous three games. Jose Alvarado got tagged with his third loss of the season.
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Trumbo Trouble: The Orioles had runners at second and third with two outs in the seventh when Trumbo stepped to the plate to face Diaz. The Rays right-hander was on the verge of escaping the inning unscathed after striking out Jonathan Schoop and retiring Jones on a groundout for the second out. Rather than intentionally walk Trumbo, the Rays elected to pitch to the Orioles slugger, who responded with a two-run double that put the Orioles up, 5-3.
"I don't think anyone hits a prettier hard line drive from the infield than Mark," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "He squared it up. He was a little frustrated from his previous at-bat, but these guys don't dwell on it. You got to move on in this game. I thought that was a big knock."
Back-to-back: After the Rays fell behind 3-0, Dickerson and Longoria squared things up in the third when Dickerson hit a two-run homer and Longoria followed with a solo shot against Bundy. The Rays have now hit back-to-back home runs 10 times this season to lead the Major Leagues and set a single-season club record.
"I tried to get in with a fastball inside, he put a good swing on it, and he hit the ball out of play." -- Diaz, on Mancini's home run
"It's one thing to identify a problem, it's another thing to solve it. We're in the business of trying to solve issues. You start by looking at them and realizing you have them, but I don't think anybody's got to tell us we've had problems with our starting pitching." -- Showalter, on the streak ending
Wilson Ramos made his Rays debut after recovering from knee surgery. The catcher struck out on three pitches in his first at-bat, but knocked one up the middle in the ninth for his first hit with the Rays.
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The Rays have hit multiple home runs in six consecutive games, tying their season high (also May 28-June 3).
Orioles:Chris Tillman (1-5 8.39) will get the ball for Sunday's series finale against the Rays at 1:10 p.m ET. Tillman hasn't earned a win since May 7, his first start of the season. He was pulled after allowing five earned runs in four innings against the Indians in his last start on Tuesday.
Rays: Jake Odorizzi (4-3, 3.78) will get the nod when the Rays wrap up their three-game series with the Orioles. His streak of 10 consecutive appearances allowing a homer is tied with James Shields from July 30-Sept. 22, 2006 for the second longest in franchise history, and is one shy of tying the club record (Wilson Alvarez, 11, from May 10-Aug. 17, 1998).
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