Rays Drop Opener In Baltimore

The Tampa Bay Rays (4-4) fell to the Baltimore Orioles (3-3) 6-3 on Friday night in Baltimore.

After the start of the game was delayed by fifty-eight minutes because of rain in Baltimore, the Rays got this game started by scoring in the first inning for the first time this season. After Willy Adames doubled with two outs in the first, Yoshi Tsutsugo drove him in with a two-out double to give Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead. In the third inning the Rays added on as Hunter Renfroe drove in Willy Adames once again to take a 2-0 lead.

However the Orioles began to rally, as Rays starter Blake Snell gave up back to back home runs in the fourth inning. First Anthony Santander hit a two-run blast that bounced off Kevin Kiermaier's glove in center field out of the park for a home run to tie the game. Then Pedro Severino hit a solo shot that gave Baltimore a 3-2 lead.

The Rays were able to tie it in the top of the fifth when Brandon Lowe hit a home run to right field, but the Orioles got the lead right back in the bottom of the fifth as Anthony Santander came through again with an RBI single. The Orioles added runs in the seventh and eighth to build a 6-3 lead that would prove to be the final score.

Blake Snell looked sharp through the first three innings, finishing with three earned runs allowed after three innings of work while striking out four and walking none. Former Ray Alex Cobb allowed just two earned runs in his four innings of work starting for the Orioles.

The Rays and Orioles meet in game two of the three game series on Saturday night in Baltimore. First pitch is scheduled for 7:35 - pregame coverage begins with Steve Carney & The Inside Pitch at 6:30 on 95.3 WDAE & AM 620.

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