Sousa Leads Rays Over O’s

Chris Tillman did just enough to lose, issuing two critical walks, the second one leading to a Stephen Sousa three run homer that gave the Tampa Bay Rays a 9-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles. The Rays Jake Odorizzi battled for six innings but giving up his third long ball in the seventh led to his departure. He still picked up the win, his fourth. For Tillman it was his seventh loss, and his sixth straight.

The first walk issued by Chris Tillman in the second inning resulted in the first two runs for the Rays. With two outs and Logan Forsyth on third, who had led the inning off with a double, Nick Franklin and his .077 average faced Tillman. Franklin walked on five pitches bringing up the .152 hitting Bobby Wilson. Wilson blooped one into right field for a single to score Forsyth. Delmon Young threw to third to try to get Franklin but the ball skipped past Manny Machado, allowing Franklin to score.

The Orioles scored their first two runs on solo homeruns from Delmon Young, the first two homeruns he has hit this year. He bombed one into the left field bleachers in the first inning and in the third he blasted one into the left field corner.

Tillman was able to strand runners on third in the third and fourth innings to keep the game at 2-2. In the fifth he struck out the first two hitters he faced. A walk to Evan Longoria was his second walk that began his nightmare. David Dejesus singled up the middle, Flaherty making a nice diving stop but unable to get the ball out of his glove. Logan Forsythe lined a single in front of both David Lough in center and Steve Pearce in left to score Longoria. Tillman ran the count to 3-2 to Sousa who buried the next pitch deep over the Orioles bullpen into the Rays bullpen to put the game away.

David Dejesus lined a homerun in the seventh inning to increase the Rays lead to 7-2. In the bottom frame Manny Machado crushed a line drive into right centerfield for a two run homer. Machado would hit his second homer of the game in the ninth inning, a solo shot just over the right field scoreboard.

The Rays continued to pile on the runs against the Orioles bullpen, getting single runs in the eighth and ninth innngs. They were all needed after the Manny Machado leadoff homerun in the ninth and the Orioles putting two runners on base. Brad Boxberger had to come in to retire the last two hitters to pick up his 15th save.

Game Notes: After the game the Maryland high school North versus South game was played. Recently called up catcher Steve Clevenger, who played in this game, handed out bats to each of the players. Even the pitchers got bats…20 of the 36 runs Chris Tillman has given up have been with two outs. All six of his runs today came after two outs were recorded…Keven Kiermaier had a rough day, striking out in his first four at bats. He doubled in his fifth at bat in the eighth, later scoring on a fly ball by Evan Longoria…Stephen Sousa had a good day, hitting two doubles and a homerun. The second double resulted in the last Tampa run. The homerun was his third in three days…The Rays shifted on both Jimmie Paredes and Tim Flaherty to pull, leaving only the shortstop on the third base side…Delmon Young almost hit a third homerun, sending a ball deep to the warning track in centerfield in his fourth at bat in the eighth inning. He finished the day with two homeruns, a walk, single and fly out to center…Joey Butler had a career high four hits in the game.

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