ST. PETERSBURG -- A potent offense met a struggling pitching staff, and the results were predictable Friday night at Tropicana Field, where the Rays defeated the Orioles, 15-5.The Rays (40-36) moved to four games over .500 for the first time this season. Meanwhile, the pitchers for the Orioles (35-38) allowed
ST. PETERSBURG -- A potent offense met a struggling pitching staff, and the results were predictable Friday night at Tropicana Field, where the Rays defeated the Orioles, 15-5.
The Rays (40-36) moved to four games over .500 for the first time this season. Meanwhile, the pitchers for the Orioles (35-38) allowed five runs or more for the 20th consecutive game, earning a dubious distinction by tying the Major League record established by the 1924 Phillies.
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Evan Longoria's two-run single in the first off Ubaldo Jimenez got the Rays started. Logan Morrison drove him home with a triple to center then scored on a groundout to put the Rays up 4-0. That inning seemed to open the floodgates for a potent offense that feasts on mistakes.
Jimenez did not make it out of the third, exiting after 2 1/3 innings following two-run homers by Player Page for Shane Peterson and Derek Norris to put the Rays up 9-2.
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"Never really got in step," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Jimenez. "We're trying to squeeze every out we can out of him. We're trying to take some load off the bullpen, but we just couldn't get him through any type of length of an outing. Just command. He comes out and walks the first two guys, it doesn't bode well."
The Rays hit three home runs, clubbed 11 hits, and scored four or more runs in three innings.
Chris Archer started for the Rays and picked up the win after allowing five runs in six innings, moving to 6-4 on the season. Jimenez took the loss and is now 2-3.
"The only thing you try to focus on is to go out there and compete and try to give your team a chance to win," Jimenez said of being the guy to put the Orioles in a tie for the Major League record. "Even if it didn't happen or doesn't happen, of course you don't want to be talking about tonight we are going to be giving up five more runs. It's not like that."
Rays manager Kevin Cash was pleased with Friday's outcome.
"Good win," Cash said. "After the off-day, bounce back. The offense, obviously there was a lot of people, and I go down the list. Longo, big day for him, four RBIs. Shane Peterson gets up here, impacts us right away, four RBIs. [Norris] had a big night. LoMo had another big night. Everybody seemed to find a way to connect with the baseball."
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Peterson power: The Rays held a 5-2 lead when they took their third turn at-bat. Steven Souza Jr. walked to start the inning, bringing Peterson to the plate. When the count reached 2-1, Peterson jumped on an 81-mph splitter and deposited the ball into the right-field stands for his second home run of the season, and first since his contract was selected from Triple-A prior to Friday night's game. Norris added a two-run homer in the inning, and the Rays had the separation the team needed, opening a seven-run lead.
"Just trying to have good at-bats, not trying to do anything too fancy," Peterson said. "Just put the barrel on the ball."
Longoria gets 'em going: Longoria has had a less than auspicious first half, entering Friday night's game hitting .249 with 10 home runs and 38 RBIs. Nevertheless, the longest-tenured Rays player remains the man. He's still the guy other teams talk about having to pitch to carefully while negotiating the Rays' lineup. Longoria shifted the Rays' offense into high gear in the first inning Friday night with his two-run single that led to a four-run inning. He later added a sac fly and a bases-loaded walk to record four RBIs on the night. The Rays' offense has been potent to date. If Longoria gets hot, that would bode well for the Rays' chances to remain in contention. More >
"I'm not just going to give up on anybody. This will turn around. I'm a firm believer of it. I believe in our guys, I always have. And you've just got to ride this bad wave. I know it's a bad wave that's going on, but we've just got to ride it because good times are going to come back, because when they do, be ready for them." -- Orioles outfielder Adam Jones, on the team's recent play
"We look at us as having a dangerous lineup. When you talk about all nine of your hitters, a mistake can change a ballgame with a couple guys on by hitting the ball out of the ballpark." -- Cash, on how the lineup performed
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Orioles right fielder Mark Trumbo had a 114.3-mph single and a 112-mph single, giving him 16 base hits with 110-plus mph exit velocity on the season, tying him for the fourth-most in the Major Leagues.
The Orioles challenged in the first when Peterson was called safe at first on an apparent infield single. After a 36-second review, the call on the field was overturned.
The Rays challenged in the fifth when Norris was called out at first when he grounded to third. After a 32-second review, the call on the field was overturned.
Orioles: The Orioles will send Dylan Bundy to the mound for Saturday's 4:10 p.m. ET contest at Tropicana Field, looking to get the pitching back on track. Bundy received a loss last time out on Monday, as he surrendered six earned runs on six hits, including a homer, in 4 1/3 innings against the Indians.
Rays:Jacob Faria (3-0, 1.37 ERA) will make his fourth Major League start on Saturday. He is the fifth pitcher since 1913 to go at least six innings, allow one run or fewer, and earn the win in his first three career appearances.
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Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.
Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.