"We needed to win the [second] game obviously," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "We needed to win a game the way that it's been going. It's easy to get frustrated after the first game, but credit the guys for getting another early lead. Having some good at-bats ... it was really nice to see us separate."
The Rays jumped on Alex Cobb to score four runs in the first four innings of Game 2. C.J. Cron's solo home run in the first got the Rays started. Brad Miller tripled in the second and scored, then added a home run in the fourth to put the Rays up 4-1.
Tampa Bay used a "bullpen day" in Game 2, which worked out nicely considering they had to endure a one-hour, 19-minute rain delay.
"We've played them here the past couple of years, you need separation here," Miller said. "You need to keep pouring it on, because they're not slowing down. That was huge bouncing right back."
Matt Andriese started for the Rays and allowed one run in three innings. Cash then emptied the bullpen. Sergio Romo, Andrew Kittredge, Chaz Roe, Jose Alvarado and Jonny Venters followed, before Alex Colome closed out the victory by pitching a scoreless ninth.
"We've been scuffling to win the last couple of games," said Mallex Smith, who went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a triple. "It's great [to score some runs]. Happy to get back on the board, run around the bases. ... Just being able to get runs on the board, and get a win, that's a positive day for us."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Wilson Ramos extended his hitting streak to 18 games when he singled to center to lead off the ninth. The Rays catcher owns the longest active hitting streak, as well as the longest streak in the Major Leagues this season. Ramos' streak is the second-longest streak of his career. He hit in 19 consecutive games from April 24-May 19, 2015, while with the Nationals. He is one game shy of tying the Rays' franchise record of 19, established by Jason Bartlett in 2009. But it is the longest streak for a catcher in team history. Saturday night marked the fifth time that he kept his streak alive with a hit in his final at-bat of the game.
ROSTER MOVES After the game, the Rays returned their 26th man, left-hander Anthony Banda, to Triple-A Durham. They also optioned right-hander Ryne Stanek to Durham, and recalled right-hander Austin Pruitt.
MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY Smith was called out stealing third base with two outs in the eighth. The Rays challenged and following a 50-second replay review, the call was overturned. Smith eventually scored when Cron walked with the bases loaded.
UP NEXT Rays left-hander Blake Snell will start at 1:05 p.m. ET on Sunday in the series finale against the Orioles at Camden Yards. Snell took his first loss since April 4 on Tuesday, when Braves rookie Ronald Acuna Jr.'s solo home run accounted for the only run in a 1-0 defeat. Snell has allowed five hits or fewer in a club-record 12 consecutive starts. Dylan Bundy will start for the Orioles.
Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.