MLB Baseball

Final-13 5 6   7 8 9   10 11 12   13 R H E
Tampa Bay3 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 6102
Baltimore0 0 3 0 0 2 1 0 2 8112
  W: N. Vespi (1-0)   L: R. Garza Jr. (0-1)
4:05 PM PT5:05 PM MT6:05 PM CT7:05 PM ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 PM MST6:05 PM EST6:35 PM VEN3:05 UAE (+1)5:05 PM CT, May 20, 2022
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland  Attendance: 15,127

Rays hope to continue recent dominance against Orioles

According to STATS
According to STATS

Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles

  1. The Rays are 3-0 against Baltimore this season and have a 15-game winning streak against the Orioles going back to last July. The next longest active winning streak by any team against a single opponent is 12 games (Angels vs. Phillies and Mariners vs. Athletics).
  2. Tampa Bay is 10-6 (.625) in road games so far, including an eight-game winning streak from late April to early May, the longest road winning streak this season in MLB. The White Sox just ended the second most consecutive road wins this season at seven after losing on the road on Tuesday.
  3. Jalen Beeks will be making his first start this season after coming into nine games as a relief pitcher for the Rays. Since he began his career in 2018, Beeks' ERA as a reliever is 3.63 but as a starter is 11.57 for a 7.94 difference, the largest ERA difference in MLB (starter higher, minimum 10 IP as starter, 150 IP as reliever).
  4. The Orioles matched their highest run total in a single game yesterday with nine runs but have scored just 131 through 39 games played. That is the lowest run total through 39 games for Baltimore since the 1972 season when they managed just 130 in 39 games.
  5. Tyler Wells has been far more comfortable at home, allowing an opposing OPS of .522 at home while allowing 1.010 on the road. The .488 difference is the second largest in MLB this season (road higher, minimum 50 batters faced at home and away).
  6. Anthony Santander won yesterday's game with a home run in walkoff fashion for the first time in his career. The last Oriole with a walkoff home run was Rio Ruiz in August of 2019 against Houston.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/20/2022 thru 5/22/2022

The Tampa Bay Rays will look to continue their mastery of the host Baltimore Orioles when they open a three-game series on Friday.

The Rays opened the season with a three-game sweep of the visiting Orioles in St. Petersburg, Fla., after defeating Baltimore in 18 of the teams' 19 meetings last year, including going 9-0 at Camden Yards.

Tampa Bay, which has won two in a row and five of its last seven games, will hand the ball to left-hander Jalen Beeks (1-0, 1.72 ERA), a reliever who will be making his first start of the season.

Beeks has made nine appearances totaling 15 2/3 innings this season, including 1 2/3 innings against the Orioles. Beeks allowed two hits to go along with four strikeouts and a walk during an 8-0 win on April 10.

The Orioles, who lost six straight games until defeating the Yankees, 9-6, on Thursday, will counter with right-hander Tyler Wells (1-3, 4-18 ERA). Wells allowed three runs on eight hits with two strikeouts and no walks over four innings in a 5-1 loss at Detroit on Sunday in his last start.

Wells struggled mightily against the Rays earlier this season. He lasted just 1 2/3 innings in which he gave up four runs on three hits with two strikeouts and two walks in an 8-0 loss on April 10.

Tampa Bay had an off-day Thursday after taking two of three games against the visiting Detroit Tigers. Starting pitchers Corey Kluber, Shane McClanahan and Drew Rasmussen allowed a combined three runs on 12 hits while striking out 22 without a walk over 18 innings.

Tampa Bay's starters have compiled a 1.15 ERA during the past seven games, during which time the team ERA is 1.97.

"Our pitching is going to be our avenue to winning the most ballgames," Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

Meantime, the Orioles ended a six-game losing streak with their most exhilarating win of the season on Thursday. Anthony Santander hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning to lift Baltimore to a 9-6 victory over the Yankees, who were seeking to sweep the four-game series.

Santander, who went 3-for-4 with two doubles, three runs scored and a walk, hit the first walk-off home run of his career when he drove a cutter from Yankee reliever Lucas Luetge (1-1) down the left field line with one out.

Santander's 376-foot blast enabled Felix Bautista (1-1) to pick up the win for the Orioles, who had seen Jorge Lopez blow a save opportunity in the top of the inning.

"I put myself in the pitcher's shoes in that situation," Santander said through a translator. "Knowing that he wanted to come in, trying to jam me, trying to make me hit a soft grounder to force a double play. I was really able to get my hands in and focus on that. I hit the ball really well."

With the victory, the Orioles tied their season high with nine runs and finished with 11 hits, with Tyler Nevin and Trey Mancini each recording two.

"Last two nights, we lost one-run games," Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. "I thought today was some of our better at-bats of the season."

--Field Level Media

Updated May 19, 2022

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