To the Tampa Bay Rays, four runs seems like a mountain.
To the Rays, four runs feels like a week’s worth.
To the Rays, four runs seems insurmountable.
Imagine their feelings, then, when the Orioles scored that many with one swing of the bat Saturday night? Chris Davis hit a 3-2 pitch some 400 feet for a third-inning grand slam, leading Baltimore to a 5-1 victory against the light-hitting Rays, who mustered only five hits.
Tampa Bay is now 9-20 since it started the season 40-30.
Pitcher Erasmo Ramirez, who had been trying for this ninth victory, gave up five hits in the the third inning, three singles and then Davi’s shot on a 3-2 fastball. The Rays are 7-13 for the month, ahead of only Baltimore and Texas.
Matt Moore, who has not gone more than five innings in any of his four starts, pitches today for the Rays.