Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Baltimore Orioles end 12-game skid against Tampa Bay Rays 5-4

BALTIMORE — The big things the Rays took care of Friday night, as Evan Longoria hit a pair of home runs to give him a major-league-leading four in four games and Dioner Navarro added another in the ninth.

But it was a few little things that, uncharacteristically, hurt in a 5-4 loss that halted the Rays' 12-game winning streak over the Orioles and their six-game run at Camden Yards, as well as any momentum from their season-opening series win at Boston.

"That's what it seemed like," Carl Crawford said.

Veteran Gabe Kapler committed a huge baserunning gaffe — "stupid," "unacceptable" and "inexcusable" were three of the adjectives he used — that took the Rays (2-2) out of a potential tying rally in the fourth. "It just can't happen," he said.

Crawford, who has drawn raves from manager Joe Maddon for his intense play, came up short diving for a pair of balls in leftfield and, thanks to a perfect bounce, was thrown out trying to turn a one-out first-inning double into a triple. "That (play) kind of messed up the early rally we had," he said.

And starter Andy Sonnanstine, admittedly not sharp and out of synch all night, allowed the Orioles a rally when it can't happen, with two outs and none on in the fifth, turning a 2-1 game into 5-1. "They made me pay for my mistakes," he said.

Maddon — acknowledging going into the series there was the potential for a letdown but confident it wouldn't happen — chose to highlight the good (Ben Zobrist's diving catch and throw, Lance Cormier's middle relief, their overall at-bats despite nine more strikeouts) and praise his team's effort.

"I just liked the way we played," Maddon said. "We didn't score the runs, but we hit a lot of balls hard at people tonight. I believe if we play with that kind of intensity on a nightly basis we're going to win the appropriate number of games this year."

They won plenty against the Orioles last season, 15 in 18 tries. But the Orioles look to be better this season, and the Rays are going to have to notice. "You put 2008 to bed, and you put that streak to bed," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said.

The loss came with a fair amount of familiarity, as former Ray Mark Hendrickson worked the first 51/3 and got the win. And another ex-Ray, Danys Baez, got the next five outs and looked very sharp in doing so. Plus Aubrey Huff had a hit and scored a run.

Kapler's mistake — he went from second to third when Zobrist hit a grounder but nonchalantly turned the corner without realizing Zobrist was safe and was easily thrown out — was surprising, especially for a guy who spent the 2007 season as a minor-league manager.

And Sonnanstine's performance was disappointing.

"The three runs with two outs and nobody on in the fifth was obviously a big moment," Maddon said. "Sonny was just not as sharp as he can be overall with any of his pitches, and that was a big part of the problem."

Longoria, with four homers in his past 10 times up, including one to right-center, doesn't seem to be having any problems: "I feel good. It's one of things where you get on something like this you just have to ride it as long as you can."

Marc Topkin can be reached at [email protected]

Orioles 5

Rays 4

Baltimore Orioles end 12-game skid against Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 04/10/09 [Last modified: Saturday, April 11, 2009 2:38am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Dirk Koetter to Bucs: Take your complaints to someone who can help

    Bucs

    TAMPA — It was just another day of aching bellies at One Save Face.

    Dirk Koetter: “All of our issues are self-inflicted right now.”
  2. Bucs journal: Few complaints about Jameis Winston's play

    Bucs

    TAMPA — It wasn't enough to pull out a win Sunday at Buffalo, but a week removed from a shoulder sprain, Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston threw for 384 yards and three touchdowns against the NFL's No. 2 pass defense.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Brent Grimes (24) signs autographs for fans before an NFL game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn., on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017.
  3. Lightning's Jon Cooper uses unusual tactic to create mismatches

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Tyler Johnson is about to swing his left leg over the boards for his next shift alongside linemate Alex Killorn and … who else?

    Stamkos? Kucherov? Point?

    Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper argues the called as his team gets a faceoff violation, leading to penalty and #Caps PP goal, during second period action at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Monday evening (10/09/17).DIRK SHADD   |   Times
  4. A buzz-worthy look at the Astros-Dodgers World Series matchup

    The Heater

    Houston Astros' Yuli Gurriel is congratulated by Jose Altuve after scoring during the fifth inning of Game 7 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) TXMG170
  5. Florida, FSU try to ignore death threats, angry fans

    College

    GAINESVILLE — Frustration over uncharacteristically down seasons at Florida and Florida State has started to spill over from message boards and start crossing real-world lines.

    Fans watch the Florida Gators game against Texas A&M, at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, in Gainesville, Fla. At the half, Florida was up 10 to 3.