Coming off the sweep against Seattle, the Orioles dropped the first game to the Rays, 3-0. Jeremy Guthrie got the complete game loss while Jeremy Hellickson recorded the win.
Jeremy Guthrie’s woes continued early on tonight as the Rays jumped ahead in the second inning. Evan Longoria started it off with a hit down the third base line that Mark Reynolds could not get a hold on. Matt Joyce—the AL leader in batting average—went deep to put Tampa Bay up by two.
The Rays added another late in the game in the eighth innings as Johnny Damon went yard on a solo shot off Guthrie.
Guthrie worked 8.0 innings, giving up the three runs on seven hits, bringing his ERA to 3.96. He struck out five and walked two on 117 pitches with 88 being for strikes. He faced 31 batters with his only runs given up coming off of home runs.
Hellickson got the complete game, going scoreless and allowing only four hits as he got his first home win on the season. He pitched 120 pitches and only had one inning where he gave up two hits. There were two innings where the Orioles got two on base. Hellickson faced 31 batter as well.
Oriole bats mustered little offense on the night, bringing only three batters to the plate seven times, including three straight in the first three innings. The bats were connecting but the hits were weak grounders or fly balls for the most part. Their best chance came in the fifth inning when Wieters leadoff with a single and moved to second on a fielder’s choice by J.J. Hardy. Reynolds got an infield single, snapping an 0-for-17, bringing Wieters to third with two outs. They failed to do any damage though as Brian Roberts ended the inning with a fly out to center field.
The Orioles got their first extra base hit in 18 innings with a double by Derrek Lee in the fourth inning. The team has scored in one of the last 24 innings. It is the second time on the year the Orioles have been shut out. Evan Longoria was the only hitter for either team to have a multi-hit game. The O's have lost four in a row to Tampa Bay.
Brad Bergesen (0-4) will take the mound against Wade Davis (4-2) as Bergesen continues the search for his first win on the season.