The Rays lost 4-2 to the Orioles on Tuesday night in a game that was a tough one to swallow. Alex Cobb only lasted 4 innings allowing 2 runs on 3 hits while striking out 6 and walking 3. The Rays would 3 runners thrown out at the plate and a few bad defensive plays proved costly in the loss. Here’s how it all went down.
The Rays put runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs to start the game. Logan Forsythe hit a ground ball to third and after the throw was made to first, Desmond Jennings broke for home and was called out. The replay showed he might have been safe as the tag appeared late, but with insufficient evidence the call stood. Evan Longoria singled in a run in the next at bat to put the Rays up 1-0. In the 2nd inning, Desmond Jennings singled to center with 2 outs and Adam Jones threw out Ryan Hanigan, just reinstated from the DL, at the plate. Alex Cobb got through the first 3 innings unscathed but ran into trouble in the 4th and a two out single by Caleb Joseph put the Orioles up 2-1.
Evan Longoria tied the game up at 2-2 with an RBI double in the top of the 5th. In the the 6th the Rays loaded the bases with 1 out but James Loney got forced out at the plate for the 2nd out and Ben Zobrist flew out to end the inning. Grant Balfour pitched the bottom of the 6th and J.J. Hardy reached on a bad throw from Sean Rodriguez with 1 out. Chris Davis hit what looked to be an inning ending double play ball, but a bad throw from Yunel Escobar turned it into a fielders’ choice. Two hits later the Orioles retook the lead at 3-2. The Orioles would tack on another run in the 7th on a Nelson Cruz double to make it 4-2. The Rays would not threaten again.
This was a tough one for the Rays to lose considering they now sit 12 games back in the American League East. The Rays are back at it against the Orioles tomorrow night at 7:05 PM EST. Drew Smyly takes the hill and will face Kevin Gausman.