ST. PETERSBURG -- Rookie Jacob Faria's eighth quality start and Timothy Beckham's three-run homer helped the Rays snap a five-game losing streak with a 5-4 win over the Orioles on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field."Obviously we needed a win," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "That was a good one. Maybe
ST. PETERSBURG -- Rookie Jacob Faria's eighth quality start and Timothy Beckham's three-run homer helped the Rays snap a five-game losing streak with a 5-4 win over the Orioles on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.
"Obviously we needed a win," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "That was a good one. Maybe there's something to be said for winning a game like that, tight, that can get you on a roll more than a 5-0 win. We'll take them however we can get them."
Faria (5-1) allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks in 7 1/3 innings, but the victory came with plenty of late-inning drama. Faria exited after issuing a one-out walk to Jonathan Schoop, bringing on reliever Tommy Hunter. One out later, Trey Mancini walked. Hunter then uncorked a wild pitch before walking Seth Smith to load the bases. Welington Castillo followed with a two-run single. But Hunter put out the fire by striking out pinch-hitter Hyun Soo Kim to end the inning.
In the ninth, O's leadoff batter Joey Rickard reached on Beckham's throwing error. Evan Longoria then came to the Rays' rescue, stabbing Adam Jones' hot shot to third base before starting a 5-4-3 double play. That turned out to be a huge play since Manny Machado and Schoop followed with singles against closer Alex Colome to put runners at the corners. Colome then retired Mark Trumbo on a fielder's choice to shortstop to end the game with his 29th save.
Mallex Smith had an RBI single and Jesus Sucre added a sacrifice fly before Beckham unloaded on a 1-0 offering from O's starter Wade Miley with two on in the second. Beckham's 12th home run of the season staked the Rays to a 5-0 lead.
"Changeup that ran back over the plate, that really hurt [Miley]," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "But after that, he got after it and kept us in the ballgame."
Miley held the Rays without a hit for his next four innings, all of the knocks against him coming in the five-run second inning.
In that inning, Miley said he was, "kind of feeling it out instead of just letting it rip."
"Feeling out the slider, feeling out the changeup. After that I got [ticked] off and just crowded them. I told [Castillo], 'Hey, we're going to crowd them in until we can't crowd them in any more.'"
Faria logged four scoreless frames before surrendering a sacrifice fly to Machado in the fifth and Mancini's solo home run in the sixth. Miley allowed five runs on five hits and three walks while striking out four in six innings to take his ninth loss.
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Beckham goes deep: Beckham stepped up to bat in the midst of a Rays rally that saw them push across two runs. Two runners were on when Beckham got an 84.5-mph changeup from Miley and belted it a projected 436 feet, according to Statcast™, over the wall in center field. The barreled blast had an exit velocity of 105.4 mph with a 28-degree launch angle.
"Tim Beckham obviously had the big hit, the separator right there early to give us a 5-0 lead," Cash said.
Minimizing the damage: Three of the first four Orioles hitters in the fifth singled to load the bases with one out for Machado. While Machado did deliver a sacrifice fly to get the O's on the board, Faria did not allow any further damage, retiring Schoop on a popout to second base to end the inning. With the first two O's reaching base in the second, Faria induced a 5-4-3 double play and a groundout to escape that jam.
"We needed to shake hands. We gotta get on a roll now. We've got a challenge tomorrow in a day game here. And then, obviously, we go on a road trip." -- Cash, on breaking the skid
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The Rays have outscored opponents 311-224 (plus-87) in innings one through five. But they have a minus-78 run differential (153-231) after that point.
Orioles: Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez (4-6, 7.19 ERA) starts the finale against the Rays on Wednesday at 12:10 p.m. ET. Jimenez has pitched to a 9.95 ERA over his last four starts and has given up the most earned runs in the American League. The Rays tagged him for nine runs in 2 1/3 innings on June 23.
Rays: Right-hander Alex Cobb (8-6, 3.57) gets the nod against the Orioles on Wednesday in the rubber game at Tropicana Field. He is 4-2 with a 2.69 ERA in 10 career starts against the O's, and he is 2-1 with a 0.61 ERA against them at home.
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Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2004.
Connor Mount is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg and covered the Orioles on Tuesday.