- Associated Press - Saturday, June 25, 2016

BALTIMORE (AP) - The only thing worse than spending 12 hours at the ballpark for a day-night doubleheader is walking away with a pair of losses.

Tampa Bay’s agonizing slide stretched to 10 games Saturday after the Rays fell 5-0 to the Baltimore Orioles before blowing a four-run lead in an 8-6 setback.

Up 4-0 in the third inning of the nightcap, Tampa Bay seemed poised to capture its first win since June 15. Instead, the Rays’ weary pitching staff collapsed under a barrage of home runs.

“Long day at the ballpark,” manager Kevin Cash said. “Long day for all of us and it gets longer when you lose a ballgame like that.”

Rays starter Jake Odorizzi gave up five runs in five-plus innings.

“They are going good right now and we’re going bad,” Odorizzi said. “We’re on the wrong end of it right now. I had the chance to right the ship and I didn’t.”

Matt Wieters hit a two-run shot in the fourth, Adam Jones connected in the fifth and Chris Davis led off the sixth with his 17th homer to get the Orioles to 6-5.

Baltimore took its first lead in the seventh. Jones hit an RBI single off Erasmo Ramirez (7-6) and Davis greeted Xavier Cedeno with a run-scoring single.

Wieters connected again leading off the eighth.

T.J. McFarland (2-2) pitched two scoreless innings, Brad Brach worked the eighth and Zach Britton got three outs for his 23rd save.

Tampa Bay has given up at least five runs in each game of its losing streak and has been outscored 60-24.

“It’s rough,” longtime Rays star Evan Longoria said. “There’s no more eloquent way I can put it.”

Tampa Bay has seven players on the disabled list, but Longoria insisted the skid has nothing to do with injuries or lack of effort.

“We don’t have a bad group of guys. This is a positive group of guys that believes we can win,” Longoria said. “It’s just not showing up on the scoreboard right now.”

In the opener, Matt Andriese (6-1) gave up two runs and five hits in 4 2/3 innings for Tampa Bay. The right-hander was unbeaten in 10 starts since last June 22.

Baltimore used RBI singles by J.J. Hardy and Jones to go up 2-0 in the second. Francisco Pena singled in a run off Tyler Sturdivant in the sixth, and Pedro Alvarez made it 5-0 with a two-run single in the seventh.

Orioles starter Kevin Gausman (1-5) allowed four hits over 7 2/3 innings, striking out seven with no walks.

Baltimore second baseman Jonathan Schoop had two hits, scored twice and backed Gausman with two outstanding defensive plays, including one in which he snagged a grounder in short center field and threw out the runner at first.


Rays: RHP Danny Farquhar was recalled from Triple-A Durham as the 26th player for the doubleheader. He was sent back down after the nightcap.

Orioles: McFarland was Baltimore’s 26th player. He too was sent back to the minors after the second game.


Rays: OF Brandon Guyer (left hamstring strain) began his rehab assignment by going 0 for 4 with a strikeout as the designated hitter for Class A Charlotte against Bradenton.

Orioles: RHP Vance Worley (groin strain) allowed one run and five hits in 1 2/3 innings for Double-A Bowie in his first rehab appearance since going on the DL on June 14.


Rays RHP Drew Smyly (2-7, 4.78 ERA) starts the series finale on Sunday. Although he is 0-3 in his last six starts, Smyly is 4-0 with a 1.82 ERA lifetime against Baltimore. Tyler Wilson (3-5, 4.19 ERA) goes for the Orioles.



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