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Blake Snell fans career high 13 in Rays’ season-finale victory

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Blake Snell struck out a career-high 13 in seven innings Sunday and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-0 in a season wrap-up. The Rays won their last four games to finish at 80-82, a 12-game improvement over last season.

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Orioles use key HRs to beat Rays

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Manny Machado hitting a three-run homer . Kevin Gausman pitching seven shutout innings. The Orioles winning in blowout fashion. Three things Baltimore was counting on happening a lot this season finally occurred in unison Sunday in a 7-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. The Orioles (40-41) concluded the first half of their schedule with a victory that was particularly special because of the contributions from Machado and Gausman, two key players who have thus far failed to reach their potential. Machado…

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Rays rally in 9th, score 3 in 10th to beat Orioles

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Adeiny Hechavarria hit a tying single in the ninth inning and Steven Souza, Jr. followed with a three-run homer in the 10th to carry the Tampa Bay Rays past the Baltimore Orioles 6-4 on Friday night. Hechavarria went 4 for 4 and Wilson Ramos hit his first homer with the Rays. They had nobody on with two outs in the ninth before rallying from a 3-2 deficit against closer Brad Brach. After issuing a two-out walk to pinch-hitter Shane Peterson,…

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Orioles avoid dubious mark with 8-3 win over Rays

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Dylan Bundy helped Baltimore avoid a dubious pitching record, throwing seven solid innings as the Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-3 Saturday. The Orioles had given up at least five runs in 20 straight games, matching the major league mark set by the 1924 Philadelphia Phillies. Bundy (8-6) allowed three runs and five hits in seven innings. Relievers Donnie Hart and Mychal Givens combined to keep the Rays scoreless over the final two innings. Jose Alvarado (0-3) walked the…

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Rays scratch starter, use 5 relievers to 2-hit Orioles

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Substitute starter Austin Pruitt combined with four other Tampa Bay relievers on a two-hitter, and the Rays capitalized on Wade Miley‘s wildness in a 2-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night. On another damp and chilly night at Camden Yards, Rays starter Erasmo Ramirez was a late scratch due to “uncertain weather conditions,” according to the team. Pruitt, a rookie right-hander making his first major league start, allowed one hit in three innings. Danny Farquhar followed by getting…

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Home Run Derby more exciting than All-Star Game

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The Major League Baseball All-Star Game isn’t what it used to be. It is still the best and most competitive all-star competitions among the major sports, but what made it great is now missing. When Johnny Bench, Willie Mays, Stan Musial, Reggie Jackson and other superstars took the field, some outstanding displays of offense would seem to come from at least one of the fan favorites. More often than not, the latter day game features multiple flame-throwing pitchers striking out…

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