GAME SUMMARY: In their hastily arranged “home” game at Tropicana Field, the Orioles managed just four hits against five Tampa Bay Rays pitchers and lost 2-0.
The loss broke their three-game winning streak. They’re now 10-11.
Chris Tillman retired the first 11 batters of the game, but Tampa Bay (13-10) scored on an RBI double by Evan Longoria and a run-scoring single by James Loney in the fifth.
Alex Colome (1-0) allowed three hits in five innings in his first start of the season. Brandon Gomes, Steve Geltz, Kevin Jepsen and Brad Boxberger combined to limit the Orioles to just one hit in four innings.
Boxberger recorded his sixth save by striking out the side in the ninth. The Orioles struck out 13 times.
THE GOOD: Tillman pitched well. In seven innings, he allowed two runs on three hits. He walked two and struck out seven.
THE BAD: The Orioles offense was nonexistent. They were shut out for the second straight time this season at Tampa Bay. In their third game of the season, they had just three hits in another 2-0 shutout.
THE UGLY: Manny Machado committed his sixth error of the season, all in the last nine games.
A FIRST: Steve Pearce played a flawless second base in his first career game there.
THE CROWD: It was a larger than expected, 9,935. All seats were $15, and it was first come, first served. Saturday’s tickets are $18 each, the 18,000 seats in the lower bowl are available.
THANK GOD: John Denver’s “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” was played during the seventh inning stretch. It’s not a song regularly heard at Tropicana Field.
WOW: Steven Souza was 0-for-4 with four strikeouts. Tillman thought he had him retired in the fifth inning when Machado caught a ball Souza hit off a catwalk, but it was ruled out of play. Moments later, Tillman struck him out.
COMING UP: Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer (3-2, 0.84) faces Miguel Gonzalez (2-1, 3.42) on Saturday at 7:05 p.m.
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