Rays lose 6-3 to Orioles
Roberto Hernandez's debut for the Rays on Thursday was monumental, the first time they used a free agent starting pitcher in eight years.
It was not successful, however, as the Rays lost 6-3 to the Orioles and went 1-2 in the opening series.
Hernandez pitched into the seventh, allowing four runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out seven. But he couldn't contain red hot Chris Davis, who hit a two-run homer and a two-run double.
The Rays didn't show much offensively, held without a hit until Evan Longoria opened the fifth with the first of four singles that led to two runs.
They got two on to open the ninth and Longoria hit a ball high off the left-centerfield wall, but was called out for apparently passing Ben Zobrist, who had to hold up to see if the ball was caught.
Shelley Duncan popped out and after Yunel Escobar walked James Loney did the same
Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts was helped off the field during the game with an apparent right knee injury.
The Rays open a weekend series with the Indians on Friday, with LHP Matt Moore on the mound.