Thursday, December 14, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Power returns for Rays against Orioles

ST. PETERSBURG — The power returned to the Rays lineup Sunday and with it, a win.

Two home runs by Evan Longoria and one each by Oswaldo Arcia and Brad Miller backed a solid effort by RHP Jake Odorizzi in the 5-2 victory against the Orioles.

The win, only the fourth for Tampa Bay in 28 games, snapped an eight-game losing streak and helped the Rays avoid being swept for the 10th time this season.

Miller tied Julio Lugo (2003) and Asdrubal Cabrera (2015) for the most home runs in a season by a Rays shortstop with his 15th of the year. Longoria, who leads the club with 21 homers, had his second multihomer game of the season and 17th of his career.

"Longo's homer, the second one, I would think that's one of the farther balls he's hit here," manager Kevin Cash said.

Longoria's first home run, which tied the score at 1 in the first inning, traveled 419 feet to the back seats in leftfield. His second homer hit the D-ring catwalk in center, traveling an estimated 441 feet.

Arcia's home run, a two-run shot in the second inning, was the first by a Ray with a runner on base since July 1.

That's relief: RHP Erasmo Ramirez (two) and RHP Alex Colome combined for three scoreless innings in the victory.

Colome is 20-for-20 in save opportunities this season.

Ramirez, pitching on eight days' rest, turned in his fourth consecutive scoreless appearance.

"I think (the rest) helped quite a bit," Cash said. "There's no secret that we leaned on him pretty heavily in the early part of the year. When we can afford it, especially now having Matt Andriese in the bullpen also, hopefully we can continue finding those days to get him some rest."

The bullpen has not allowed a run in its past 111/3 innings, spanning five games.

Medical matters: DH Steve Pearce was scheduled to play first base Sunday night for Class A Charlotte.

RHP Brad Boxberger (oblique strain) and RHP Chase Whitley (Tommy John surgery) are scheduled to begin their minor-league rehab assignments tonight with the Stone Crabs at Dunedin.

LF Desmond Jennings (hamstring) and OF Mikie Mahtook (left hand fracture) are scheduled to work out with the Stone Crabs before tonight's game.

RHP Alex Cobb (Tommy John surgery) threw a bullpen session Sunday. He is tentatively scheduled to throw another Wednesday.

What's in a number? The Rays are 2-0 this season when vice president of communications Rick Vaughn wears around his neck a chain with the laminated ticket from the Orioles' game April 29, 1998, when they beat the White Sox to snap their 21-game losing streak. Vaughn worked on Baltimore's PR staff that season.

The Rays snapped 11-game and eight-game losing streaks when Vaughn wore the item.

Noteworthy: Durham LHP Justin Marks threw a no-hitter Saturday at Syracuse. It was the first nine-inning no-hitter in Bulls history at the Triple-A level … The Rays snapped a 19-game losing streak Sunday against first-place teams … Odorizzi is the first Tampa Bay right-hander to win a game since Andriese on June 15 against the Mariners … The Rays had their biggest lead (three runs) Sunday since June 30, when they blew a five-run, ninth-inning lead to the Tigers.

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