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Brett Phillips’ grand slam propels Tampa Bay Rays over Baltimore Orioles

Aug 8, 2021; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Jorge Lopez (48) makes a throw during the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Oriole Park against the at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Kucin Jr.-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 8, 2021; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Jorge Lopez (48) makes a throw during the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Oriole Park against the at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Kucin Jr.-USA TODAY Sports

Brett Phillips hit a tiebreaking grand slam in the top of the eighth to spark a six-run inning that gave the visiting Tampa Bay Rays a 9-6 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday afternoon.

That was Phillips’ second homer of the day, and the Rays swept the weekend series and now have an 11-1 record versus the Orioles this year. Tampa Bay has won four straight overall.

This was the third straight game that the Baltimore bullpen imploded. The Orioles had leads in each contest but could not hold them, giving up 22 runs overall.

Cedric Mullins joined the 20-20 club — 20 homers and 21 steals– and extended his hitting streak to 16 in a row. Now, the center fielder is the seventh Oriole to do that while Anthony Santander also added a homer.

Austin Hays added a pair of runs with two RBI singles while Richie Martin also had an RBI single for Baltimore, which has lost five straight games.

Starter Jorge Lopez made his second consecutive solid start. Lopez gave the Orioles six innings, allowing two runs and four hits and leaving with a 5-2 lead. Rays’ starter Michael Wacha allowed five runs on 10 hits while struggling through five innings.

In fact, Mullins gave the Orioles an early edge, leading off the first inning with a homer to right on the first pitch. Martin and then Hays added RBI singles in the second for a 3-0 lead.

Brandon Lowe cut the lead to 3-1 with an RBI single in the third before Santander answered with a solo blast in the bottom half.

Austin Meadows helped the Rays slice the lead to 4-2 in the top of the fourth. Hays answered once more when he drove in a run in the bottom of the inning.

Phillips hit a solo homer off Cole Sulser in the seventh before the Rays broke it open with the big eighth. Paul Fry (4-5) started the inning but walked three and couldn’t find his control, which helped Tampa Bay score twice and tie it. Dillon Tate then gave up the grand slam.

JT Chargois (2-0) earned the win in relief.

Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said Ryan Mountcastle on the seven-day concussion injured list. Mountcastle’s on the list, retroactive to Saturday.

Kevin Kiermaier of Tampa Bay sat out of the starting lineup due to right knee soreness that happened in Saturday’s game.

–Field Level Media