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Rays get beat up again by Orioles, 11-5

CF Mallex Smith was understandably frustrated after botching a homer-robbing catch in the first. [AP]
CF Mallex Smith was understandably frustrated after botching a homer-robbing catch in the first. [AP]
Published Jul. 29, 2018

BALTIMORE – The Rays did a lot wrong in losing a third straight game to the majors-worst Orioles on Sunday and it showed.

Starter Yonny Chirinos pitched poorly. Centerfielder Mallex Smith botched a home-run robbing catch. Willy Adames made an error. Joey Wendle made another. Matt Duffy messed up a tag at third. And that was just in the first few innings.

There was plenty more bad as the Rays went down 11-5.

Having lost 15-5 Friday and 11-2 Saturday, this marked just the second time in franchise history the Rays allowed 10-plus runs in three consecutive games, previously April 4-6 2001 vs. the Jays and Red Sox.

Chirinos made the start, rather than work behind an opener, because the Rays felt he matched up well against the Orioles.

Working with new catcher Michael Perez, that didn't work at all as Chirinos allowed three runs on three hits and two walk in a 28-pitch first inning, though two on the Chris Davis blast that Smith had his glove as he leaped at the wall but lost control of and let drop over on the way down.

Smith had a tough day filling in for Kevin Kiermaier in center, as he came up just shy of snaring a Jonathan Schoop drive in the seventh that became a three-run homer off Andrew Kittredge.

At least he didn't have a play when Davis hit a two-run blast off Diego Castillo in the eighth.

About the only good for the Rays were the two homers by C.J. Cron, giving him 22 for the season.

In addition to the game, the Rays also lost second baseman Daniel Robertson, who left with a left-ankle bruise a few innings after being slid into hard and upended by Adam Jones. The Rays said x-rays were negative and Robertson was day to day.

The Rays dropped back to .500 as the head home for an anxious off-day in advance of Tuesday's 4 p.m. deadline for non-waiver trades, with Chris Archer, Wilson Ramos, Sergio Romo and Adeiny Hechavarria among those who could be dealt. The Orioles, winning three straight for the first time since May, improved to 32-74.