The Baltimore Orioles scored just eight runs while being swept by the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field over the weekend. It looked like Monday they decided to take out their collective frustrations on the Tampa Bay Rays.
Orioles hitters crushed five home runs, four off Rays starter Jake Odorizzi, as Baltimore beat up Tampa Bay in the opener of their four-game series 9-1.
After a pair of scoreless innings to start the game, Rays hitters got to Chris Tillman for a run in the third, as Yunel Escobar led off with an infield hit and moved to third on a fielder's choice and fielding error by Jonathan Schoop on a ground ball off the bat of Jose Molina. Sean Rodriguez then grounded in to a double play, which allowed Escobar to score the first run.
Baltimore came right back on Odorizzi, as Schoop led off with a base hit, and Nick Markakis, who was hitless in his previous 21 at-bats, blasted a two-run homer to give Baltimore a 2-1 lead.
Steve Pearce followed with a solo home run of his own to extend the lead to 3-1.
The Orioles piled on Odorizzi in the fifth, as three straight singles by Pearce, Adam Jones and Nelson Cruz, coupled with an error by Matt Joyce led to a fourth run. Delmon Young followed with a three-run blast, his sixth of the year to bust the game open. J.J. Hardy then homered to right-center to make it 8-1 and end Odorizzi's night.
Kirby Yates came on in relief, and Chris Davis greeted him by crushing his 22nd home run of the season to make the lead eight runs.
The Rays had an opportunity taken away from them in the sixth, when after Brandon Guyer led off with a single and Matt Joyce walked, Evan Longoria launched what looked like was going to be a three-run homer. However, Jones raced back and took away the homer with a catch over the fence, then threw out Joyce at second base trying to tag up and advance.
Tampa Bay will look to rebound Tuesday, when Alex Cobb (9-6, 3.01 ERA) starts against left-hander Wei-Yin Chen (13-4, 3.76 ERA). Pregame coverage starts at 6:00 on WDAE with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05.