Baltimore Orioles Daily: Birds set for rubber game after Cashner’s rough start
By Sam Belden
After struggling to score on Saturday, the Baltimore Orioles are ready for a rubber game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
With just three runs scored over two games, the Baltimore Orioles have been struggling on offense from the moment they arrived at Tropicana Field. They managed just three hits during yesterday’s contest, resulting in a 5-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Baltimore got another mediocre start from Andrew Cashner, who surrendered all five runs in the first two innings. He settled down from there, but the damage was done — the only Bird to cross the plate all afternoon was Manny Machado, who scored on a Chris Davis single in the seventh inning.
The O’s will try to finish their road trip on a high note by winning today’s rubber game. Game time is set for 1:10 p.m. Until then, here’s what you might have missed yesterday.
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