The Orioles series against the Tampa Bay Rays is over, with the Baltimore Orioles winning two out of 3 over the weekend against one of their AL East foes. Before they start a 3 game set with the New York Yankees on Monday, let’s recap how the series with the Rays went.
Friday, May 20th
The Baltimore Orioles won the series opener on Friday night, prevailing 8-6 in 13 innings for what was their second straight victory. The Birds didn’t start scoring until the 7th inning when Tyler Nevin scored on a wild pitch, Ramón Urías scored on a fielding error by Randy Arozarena, and Robinson Chirinos scored on an RBI single from Trey Mancini.
They wouldn’t score again until the 10th inning when Anthony Santander tied the game 5-5 on a two-run single that scored Austin Hays and Cedric Mullins. In the 11th, Hays tied it 6-6 with an RBI single of his own. In the 13th inning, Rougned Odor blasted a walk-off two-run home run, giving the Orioles the walk-off victory, the second straight game with a walk-off home run.
Baltimore Orioles vs Tampa Bay Rays series recap
On the pitching side for the O’s, Tyler Wells allowed 3 runs on two hits and two walks over 4 2/3 innings of work. Logan Gillaspie and Keegan Akin each worked scoreless appearances before Bryan Baker had an earned run in 2/3 of an inning. Dillon Tate, Cionel Pérez, and Nick Vespi also saw work.
Odor gets the game MVP in this one, because of his walk-off home run. Special shoutouts go to Vespi for two great innings in his major league debut, and Anthony Bemboom for his tag on Wander Franco at home plate in the top of the 13th to keep the game tied.