Once again, the Tampa Bay Rays dug a hole too deep to climb out of Sunday.
Tampa Bay lost a 5-3 game to the Baltimore Orioles after giving up four runs in the second inning, including a two-run home run by Manny Machado. Machado went four-for-four with two singles, a doubled, scored twice and knocked two runs in.
The Rays got back to within 4-3 and loaded the bases in the eighth, but Hank Conger struck out on a pitch inside to end the threat.
“We’re still falling behind a little more than we’re accustomed to,” said manager Kevin Cash.
Corey Dickerson hit a home run for the Rays. Starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi took the loss. The Rays have now surrendered 10 home runs in five games. The starters are 0-4 on the season.
Tampa Bay returns home Tuesday night to play against the Cleveland Indians.