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BALTIMORE (AP) - Playing on the road against a team they have struggled against all year, the last-place Tampa Bay Rays begrudgingly accepted a doubleheader split.
After rookie right-hander Alex Colome excelled in a 5-2 victory in the opener, the Rays fell to Chris Tillman and the Orioles 4-1 on Friday night.
“They outpitched us in the second game, but we actually pitched well tonight,” Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. “Nevertheless, you will always take a split in a day-night doubleheader, but after you win the first one you get a little greedy.”
Tampa Bay is 2-8 against the Orioles this season, 1-3 in Baltimore.
In the first game, the Orioles mustered only three hits - one after the second inning.
Added to the roster for the doubleheader as the 26th man, Colome (1-0) gave up one run, two hits and four walks in 5 2-3 innings to earn his second big league victory. The first came against Miami in his debut on May 30, 2013.
It’s been a strange year for Colome, who served a 50-game suspension until May 25 for violating the league’s drug policy. He was activated by the Rays and pitched four innings of relief against Toronto on May 26 before being optioned to the minors after the game.
In his last start for Triple-A Durham, Colome gave up nine runs in 1 1-3 innings against Syracuse on June 21. He had far more success against the Orioles, holding them to one hit after Nick Markakis opened with a single.
Jake McGee worked the ninth for his second save
Orioles starter Kevin Gausman (3-2) yielded five runs, seven hits and a career-high four walks in five-plus innings.
Baltimore got a first-inning run when Nick Markakis singled and scored on a groundout by Chris Davis.
In the second, Brandon Guyer hit the first of his three doubles to knock in a run, and Matt Joyce followed with an RBI single.
A two-out RBI single by Jose Molina made it 3-1 in the fourth. Doubles by Guyer and Joyce, along with a single by Sean Rodriguez, added two runs in the sixth.
In the nightcap, the Orioles were again struggling to score before Nick Hundley homered to put Baltimore ahead in the sixth and Nelson Cruz added a two-run shot in the seventh.
Hundley connected off Juan Carlos Oviedo (3-3) for a 2-1 lead, and Cruz hit his 25th home run - tied for the major league lead - off Joel Peralta after Adam Jones led off with his fourth hit of the game.
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