BALTIMORE — — Kevin Money — who would know a factor or two about good aid pitching — got here away impressed by the choices Baltimore has for the late innings.
“They have some bullpen arms down there which can be placing collectively good seasons, and challenged us,” the Tampa Bay supervisor mentioned.
Rookie Adley Rutschman singled residence the sport’s solely run within the seventh because the Orioles handed the Rays their fourth straight loss, 1-0 on Friday evening. Dean Kremer pitched six scoreless innings, and three Baltimore relievers protected the lead. Félix Bautista and Jorge López have been notably spectacular, placing out seven of the 9 hitters they confronted.
Kremer allowed 5 hits and matched the six scoreless frames thrown by Tampa Bay’s Shane Baz. Then Ryan Mountcastle hit a one-out double off Calvin Faucher (0-1), and Rutschman adopted with a single to middle.
It was simply the fourth RBI in 23 video games for the extremely touted catching prospect, who hit his first residence run two days earlier at Toronto.
“I am simply going pitch to pitch, AB to AB,” Rutschman mentioned.
Bautista (3-2) struck out the aspect within the seventh for the Orioles and retired all 4 of his batters. Cionel Pérez allowed two singles after relieving Bautista, however he struck out Vidal Bruján earlier than giving method to López.
López fanned Yandy Díaz for the third out of the eighth, then struck out three extra within the ninth for his tenth save in 12 probabilities.
Bautista lowered his ERA to 1.65, Pérez lowered his to 1.35, and López lowered his to 0.82. Baltimore’s relievers have a 3.25 ERA collectively this yr, down from 5.70 in 2021.
Tampa Bay, a crew that is develop into synonymous with good bullpen work in recent times, is struggling now due to its offense. The Rays have been shut out for the fifth time this season and the second time in 4 video games. They’re with out shortstop Wander Franco (quadriceps), infielder Brandon Lowe (again) and catcher Mike Zunino (shoulder).
Baz allowed simply two hits and struck out seven on his twenty third birthday, however Kremer struck out 5 with one stroll and stored Tampa Bay off the scoreboard. After a three-game sweep by the hands of the AL East-leading Yankees, the Rays have now matched their longest skid of the season. Tampa Bay is 1-6 to date on its nine-game highway journey.
Within the sixth, Bruján led off with a single however was caught stealing by Rutschman. Later that inning, Ji-Man Choi was thrown out making an attempt to stretch a single to a double. Shortstop Jorge Mateo made each putouts.
“Big performs. Nice throw by (proper fielder Anthony) Santander. Nice tag by Mateo, twice,” supervisor Brandon Hyde mentioned. “Mateo’s enjoying such good shortstop for us. He is making big performs nearly on a nightly foundation.”
Baz rebounded properly after permitting 5 runs in 2 1/3 innings in his season debut at Minnesota.
“It was a bounce-back efficiency,” Money mentioned. “After the second inning, it felt like he bought in a very good rhythm and actually did a pleasant job.”
It was the primary high quality begin of Baz’s profession. It was Kremer’s fourth and first of the season.
“That was the very best I’ve seen him throw, since actually his debut in 2020,” Hyde mentioned. “Simply from how aggressive he was together with his fastball, I assumed he used his cutter in applicable instances, I assumed he had a extremely good changeup that he utilized.”
Rays: OF Kevin Kiermaier (calf, Achilles) missed a second straight sport.
Tampa Bay LHP Jeffrey Springs (3-2) begins Saturday towards Baltimore RHP Kyle Bradish (1-4). Springs is coming off two straight scoreless begins.
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