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Rays win opener, 5-2



The Rays wrapped up the first half of their disappointing season with a 5-2 win over the Orioles in the opening game of Friday's day-night doubleheader.

Brandon Guyer, who grew up an hour or so outside of Baltimore, led the way offensively with three doubles, while Matt Joyce knocked in a pair of runs.

Alex Colome, called up from Triple-A to make the start under MLB's 26th-man rules, worked impressively into the sixth, allowing only two hits, though a baserunner in each inning. Brad Boxberger, Grant Balfour and Jake McGee finished.

The Orioles scored in the bottom of the first as Colome got off to a shaky start, but the Rays came right back against Orioles call-up Kevin Gausman. James Loney led off the with a walk, Guyer doubled him in and then Joyce followed with an RBI single.

The Rays got another run in the fourth, when Joyce walked, went to second on a ground out and scored on a single by Jose Molina, who picked up his third RBI of the season. And they added two on in the sixth when Guyer and Joyce doubled, chasing Gausman, and Sean Rodriguez greeted reliever Evan Meek with a single to make it 5-1.

Colome left after a two-out walk in the sixth on his 104th pitch. Boxberger allowed a solo homer in the seventh.

The Rays reached the midpoint at 33-48, their worst mark since they wore Devil Rays green in 2007, when they also were 33-48 on their way to a 66-96 finish. Early in the game, the video board at Camden Yards refereed to them as the Devil Rays and then was corrected.

Friday's matinee was a makeup of the April 15 rainout. Righthander Jake Odorizzi will start the regularly scheduled 7:05 game against Baltimore's Chris Tillman.

[Last modified: Friday, June 27, 2014 5:51pm]


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