The Rays’ two homers lifted them in a 4-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles in a three-game series opener Monday night.
Evan Longoria quickly put the Rays on the board with his solo shot in the first inning off of Orioles starter Chris Tillman. In the fourth inning, with the score tied 2-2, Matt Joyce hit a two-run homer.
David Price took the mound for the Rays, walking one and striking out two batters in the first inning. However, Price proceeded to give up 10 hits in the next four innings. Despite this, he held the Orioles to only two runs in his start. In his fifth and final inning of the night, after giving up two singles and walking Danny Valencia, Price was able to escape the inning without allowing the Orioles to score.
Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings was back in the lineup after being placed on the disabled list on August 3 for suffering from a fractured left middle finger. In the bottom of the third inning, Wieters looked like he hit a homerun, but Jennings was able to trap the ball at the center field wall and hold Wieters to a game-tying double. Jennings had two strikeouts, one walk, and one hit in his first game back.
It was a close game as both teams’ offenses were relentless all night. Overall, the Rays pitching staff gave up 15 hits and threw nine strikeouts with four walks for the night. Six of those strikeouts came from Price. Baltimore’s Chris Tillman gave up five hits and four runs with five strikeouts in six innings. The Orioles’ pitching staff threw six strikeouts and gave up 10 hits against the Rays.
The two teams face off twice more in this series at Camden Yards.