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Lack of clutch hitting leads to 4th straight loss

Rays score 4 runs on 15 hits, with 10 men left on base
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BALTIMORE -- The Rays just haven't been able to get the big hit lately, and that proved to be the case Friday night when the offense had 15 hits during a 9-4 loss to the Orioles at Camden Yards.

During their current four-game losing streak, the Rays have had 36 hits, but they've only scored seven runs. The Rays batters left 10 runners on base against the Orioles on Friday.

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BALTIMORE -- The Rays just haven't been able to get the big hit lately, and that proved to be the case Friday night when the offense had 15 hits during a 9-4 loss to the Orioles at Camden Yards.

During their current four-game losing streak, the Rays have had 36 hits, but they've only scored seven runs. The Rays batters left 10 runners on base against the Orioles on Friday.

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"Just seems like in situations with guys in scoring situations the last couple of games, we just left the guys out there," said Brad Miller, who went 2-for-4. "Combination of chasing or missing pitches.

"I thought [Orioles starter Kevin Gausman] was really good tonight. He really had the split working," Miller added. "It's good that we're getting on and getting guys in scoring position, we just have to find a way to get them home. I mean we're all trying hard, I know that. But we left a lot of guys out there the last couple of games. We just have to battle and not miss that one pitch we get."

Manny Machado homered twice, including a grand slam in the seventh, while Mark Trumbo and Chance Sisco hit solo shots, accounting for eight of the Orioles' nine runs.

Gausman allowed two runs while striking out six in 7 1/3 innings to pick up his third win. Rays starter Jake Faria allowed seven runs on eight hits en route to his second loss of the season.

Carlos Gomez hit a two-run triple in the eighth and scored on an errant throw from left fielder Craig Gentry to cut the Orioles' lead to 8-4.

Video: TB@BAL: Gomez laces a 2-run triple into the gap

"Well, hopefully that eighth inning can carry over [to] tomorrow, because we're getting our hits, we're just not capitalizing," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "Tonight we saw them capitalize. Seemed like every time they got a baserunner on, or a couple, they found ways to get them across. We do definitely need to find a way to score runs earlier than we did."

Friday's loss was not a good way for the Rays to open an 11-game, 10-day road trip through Baltimore, Kansas City and Anaheim. But that outlook can quickly change, according to Miller.

"Tomorrow's a great day," Miller said. "Doubleheader at Camden Yards. Just get on a roll and don't stop. If we can kind of jump on them early tomorrow. ... Just see how many hits we can get in one day, it will be fun."

MOMENT THAT MATTERED
Faria was lifted when the Orioles loaded the bases after Trumbo's home run in the seventh. Ryne Stanek entered the game to try and escape the jam, and the hard-throwing right-hander struck out the first two batters he faced before Machado ran into a 1-0 slider and deposited the baseball into the left-field stands for his eighth career grand slam and an 8-1 Orioles lead.

Video: TB@BAL: Machado hits grand slam for his second homer

"I was just trying to get ahead," Stanek said. "I missed with a fastball. And then tried to get back in the count with a slider and threw one over the plate, and he got to it. It wasn't a ball that I thought was hit really hard, but he got it just enough. It got out by maybe a foot. But whether it's a foot or a mile, it still went out and put us in a bad spot."

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
Wilson Ramos extended his hitting streak to 17 games when he singled to right leading off the fourth inning. Ramos currently has the longest active hitting streak in the Major Leagues.

Video: TB@BAL: Ramos extends hit streak to 17 with single

HE SAID IT
"I would much rather give up mine than somebody else's. That's one thing as a reliever that you'd like to do the least of all, is to give up somebody else's runs. Our job is to go in there and save as many of those as we can." -- Stanek, on the fact that three of the runs on Machado's grand slam were charged to Faria

UP NEXT
The Rays will play a doubleheader with the Orioles Saturday at Camden Yards, with first pitch for Game 1 scheduled for 3:05 p.m. ET. Chris Archer will start the opener for the Rays and Matt Andriese will start the second game. The Orioles will start David Hess in the opener, making his Major League debut, and Alex Cobb in the nightcap. There will be a 30-minute break in between games.

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

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