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Rays’ big inning ends Orioles’ 10-game win streak

Jul 15, 2022; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA;  Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Tyler Wells (68) throws against the Tampa Bay Rays in the second inning at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Lowe, Yu Chang and Francisco Mejia hit consecutive doubles and Christian Bethancourt followed with a two-run home run in the sixth inning as the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 on Friday night in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The result snapped Baltimore’s 10-game winning streak, the club’s longest since a 13-game stretch in 1999. The Orioles had not lost since a July 2 game against Minnesota. The Rays earned their fifth win in a row.

The defeat did not come without a fight, as Ramon Urias hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning, his second long ball of the game, to pull the Orioles within one run of the Rays.

However, Tampa Bay reliever Brooks Raley shut down Baltimore in order in the ninth inning to pick up his sixth save of the season. Matt Wisler (3-3) got the win after pitching one scoreless inning in relief.

Chang finished with a pair of RBI doubles, and Harold Ramirez and Lowe also had two hits apiece for Tampa Bay.

Trey Mancini collected three hits, including a homer for Baltimore, which got two hits apiece from Urias and Austin Hays.

The Orioles started off looking as if they were about to continue the streak. Mancini homered for a 1-0 lead in the third inning, but Urias level the score with a solo shot in the fourth.

Tampa Bay broke the game open with the sixth-inning explosion, chasing Tyler Wells (7-5). He allowed three runs on six hits and two walks with six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

Tampa Bay starter Luis Patino pitched 3 1/3 innings after he was activated from the 60-day injury list earlier on Friday. He gave up two runs on four hits and one walk and fanned none before he was removed after Urias’ first home run.

The Rays, who were fresh off a four-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox, now have defeated the Orioles in 24 of 29 meetings the past two seasons.

–Field Level Media