Brandon Lowe hit a grand slam off the foul pole in left field while Nelson Cruz, Wander Franco and Yandy Diaz also homered as the visiting Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Baltimore Orioles 12-3 on Saturday night.
Left-hander Shane McClanahan (6-4) threw seven strong innings but gave up three up runs and struck out eight. A Baltimore native, McClanahan allowed five hits and walked one.
Baltimore starter Spenser Watkins (2-3) threw well but struggled while going six innings. He gave up five runs, four earned, on eight hits with four strikeouts and no walks.
Diaz gave the Rays a 1-0 lead with a home run to left center to lead off the second inning. They added another run in the inning on Kevin Kiermaier’s fielder choice grounder.
The Orioles responded by taking a 3-2 lead in third. Rookie Jorge Mateo doubled, then stole third and scored on catcher Mike Zunino’s throwing error.
The next batter, Richie Martin, walked, and Cedric Mullins belted a two-run homer. Mullins extended his career-best hitting streak to 15 games.
But Cruz, a former Orioles player, put the Rays in front with a two-run shot in the sixth. Brett Phillips then made it 5-3 on an RBI double in the sixth, before Lowe hit his slam and Franco added a solo shot for a five-run eighth and a 10-3. Tampa added two in the ninth.
Baltimore starting catcher Pedro Severino left early with a knee contusion before the start of the fourth inning. Kiermaier left before the bottom of the third began with what the team said was a knee injury.
The Orioles made three more pitching moves before the game to help their thin bullpen. They recalled right-hander Isaac Mattson from Triple-A Norfolk and reinstated lefty Ryan Hartman from the injured list.
Baltimore also designated right-hander Conner Greene for assignment.
Before the game, the Orioles inducted superfan Mo Gaba (who died of cancer last year), long-time former announcer Joe Angel, shortstop J.J. Hardy and outfielder Mike Devereaux into the team’s Hall of Fame.
–Field Level Media