ST. PETERSBURG — With the Rays' glaring offensive weakness coming to the forefront after a lean road trip, manager Kevin Cash is searching for any advantage he can find.Cash had his players go through pregame bunting work on Friday, after failing to execute sacrifices half a dozen times during their recent skid."When runs are a little tough to come by, we need to get bunts down among other things," Cash said.The Rays entered Friday third-worst in the league with 345 runs. They haven't scored more than four runs in a game since July 8.Because of this, Cash said the players will work on bunting a few times during the remaining homestands. Entering Friday, the Rays' batting average with runners on base was .243, third-worst in the majors. So any chance the Rays have to move a runner up, they need to take advantage of."It's part of the game," CF Kevin Kiermaier said, "and it's something we need to do because we're not swinging the bats like we want to right now and if it takes a bunt to move a guy over and sacrifice, then those are the little things we have to do right now."The work paid off when Kiermaier bunted for a single in the fifth. EARLY EXITS: Although some Rays pitchers have expressed their displeasure about leaving starts early, RHP Erasmo Ramirez sees it as a challenge: Retire as many batters as efficiently as you can in the first two times through the order, before the Rays often turn to their bullpen."That's kind of the challenge they give you," Ramirez said. "If you win the challenge, you earn the sixth (inning), and you earn the seventh." TESTY EXCHANGE: Both benches were warned after Orioles RHP Chris Tillman hit 2B Tim Beckham in the seventh and Rays RHP Alex Colome plunked 3B Manny Machado in the eighth. Beckham said there was no lingering ill will after the game because both pitches were unintentional. CABRERA CLOSER: SS Asdrubal Cabrera (right hamstring strain) said he felt "really good" after running the bases for the first time before Friday's game. Cabrera, who also took batting practice and fielded grounders, said he ran at about 80 percent and will see how he feels today before the Rays decide what's next. "I think I'll be back soon," Cabrera said. MORE MEDICAL: OF Desmond Jennings (left knee) also ran and took batting practice before the game. The Rays aren't ready to announce when he might return. … Cash said LHP Drew Smyly (torn left labrum) is progressing well. The team will likely announce today whether he will start a rehab assignment or throw another simulated game. LINING UP: Cash mixed his lineup, putting RF Steven Souza Jr. in the leadoff spot to alternate right-handed and left-handed bats and make matchups tougher for Baltimore's bullpen. INF Logan Forsythe got a second day off. MISCELLANY: Country music singer Kacey Musgraves will perform after tonight's game as part of the summer concert series. … OF Joey Butler will sign autographs from 11 a.m. to noon today at a St. Petersburg Wal-Mart (10237 Bay Pines Blvd.). … LHP prospect Blake Snell made his Triple-A debut for Durham, striking out six and allowing one run in four innings.