American League Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Baltimore|
(Tuesday, August 26)
Final Score: Baltimore 4, Tampa Bay 2
Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Jonathan Schoop delivered a tie-breaking
RBI single in the sixth inning, Caleb Joseph went 2-for-4 with two RBI and the
Baltimore Orioles came through with a 4-2 decision over the Tampa Bay Rays at
Nelson Cruz also had two hits, including a run-scoring double, while four
Baltimore relievers combined for 4 1/3 scoreless innings to help the Orioles
win their second straight in this four-game set. Brad Brach (5-0) collected
the victory with 1 1/3 shutout frames after taking over for starter Wei-Yin
Grant Balfour (1-6) was handed the loss for being charged with two runs in
one-plus inning of work.
Evan Longoria finished 2-for-4 and knocked in both Tampa Bay runs, with
Desmond Jennings also recording a pair of hits in defeat.
Balfour came on with the game tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth and
surrendered a one-out single to J.J. Hardy, who was then erased on Chris
Davis' fielder's choice grounder. Joseph laced a base hit to extend the
inning, however, and Schoop followed with a sharp single to left that brought
home Davis without a throw.
"You have to win all kinds of games," said Joseph.
The Orioles added some insurance in the seventh, with Balfour permitting a
leadoff walk to Steve Pearce and a single to Adam Jones before Cruz greeted
Joel Peralta with an RBI double to right center.
Baltimore's bullpen protected the lead with strong work from Tommy Hunter,
Andrew Miller and Zach Britton, each of whom fired a perfect inning to close
things out. Britton got the final three outs to notch his 28th save.
Both starting pitchers labored through shortened outings, with Tampa's Alex
Cobb reached for two runs while throwing 92 pitches through four innings and
Chen also allowing a pair of runs on seven hits in a 91-pitch, 4 2/3-inning
"They're going out and making things happen," Cobb said of the O's. "Maybe we
aren't on top of our game right now, but they're definitely the aggressors."
The Rays tagged Chen for six hits over the first two innings, but managed just
one run during that stretch in part because of two standout defensive plays by
Longoria opened the scoring with a two-out single in the first that plated Ben
Zobrist, with the hit coming after Jennings was thrown out at the plate on a
quick strike from Pearce that completed a 5-3-2 double play.
Jennings singled up the middle with a runner on second an inning later, but
Jones made a strong throw to nab Ryan Hanigan trying to score to keep it a 1-0
Cobb kept the Orioles off the board until the fourth, when Baltimore put two
men aboard on a Cruz single and a walk to Delmon Young. After Young stole
second as Davis struck out looking, Joseph delivered a single to center that
knocked in both runners for a 2-1 edge.
The Rays drew back even in the fifth when Zobrist walked and came around from
first on Longoria's long double off the left-field wall, but Brach worked out
of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the sixth to preserve the 2-2 tie.
Cobb extended his club-record streak of allowing two runs or less to nine
straight starts despite having his shortest appearance of the season ...
Pearce lengthened his hitting streak to nine games, the longest of his career,
with a fifth-inning single ... Hanigan was activated from the 15-day disabled
list prior to the game and went 1-for-3 with a walk in his first action since
July 8. He had been sidelined by a strained left oblique.
08/27 01:36:42 ET