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Orioles Lose Two Of Three To Tampa Bay

Examining another losing series for the reeling O’s, who did at least rally multiple times for a win in Game 3.

Baltimore Orioles' Chris Davis (19) is greeted as he crosses home plate after hitting a solo home run during the 11th inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in Baltimore. Baltimore won 7-6. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Baltimore Orioles’ Chris Davis (19) is greeted as he crosses home plate after hitting a solo home run during the 11th inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in Baltimore. Baltimore won 7-6. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

 

Game 1: 6-3 loss on Monday night (Aug. 31)

Game 2: 11-2 loss on Tuesday night (Sept. 1)

Game 3: 7-6 11-inning win on Wednesday night (Sept. 2)

 

What I liked:

1. The Game 3 win – A much-needed victory that snapped the Orioles’ second six-game losing streak in two weeks.  The O’s overcame deficits of 4-0 in the third inning and 6-4 in the ninth inning.  Jonathan Schoop blasted a game-tying two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth.  Chris Davis, who had a game-tying two-run homer in the third, hit a walk-off solo homer in the bottom of the 11th.  That homer, incredibly, gave the O’s their first lead in 51 innings.

 

2. Schoop, Davis and Manny Machado – They combined for 14 of the Orioles’ 23 hits in the series.

Schoop went 5-for-12 in the series, providing the game-tying two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth in Game 3 and also doubles in Games 1 and 2.

Davis had three homers over the final two games and went 4-for-12 with a walk.

Manny Machado went 5-for-13.

 

What I didn’t like:

1. The starting pitching – The Orioles’ rotation was bad for a third straight series.

Wei-Yin Chen allowed five runs in 4 2/3 innings in Game 1, giving up nine hits (including two homers).

Chris Tillman allowed seven runs in 4 2/3 innings in Game 2, giving up eight hits, two walks and a hit-by-pitch.

Kevin Gausman allowed four runs (three earned) in 2 2/3 innings in Game 3, giving up eight hits (including two homers).

 

2. The bullpen – Orioles relievers combined to allow seven runs in 17 1/3 innings.

 

3. The offense – The O’s batted just .221 (23-for-104) in the series.

 

4. Added insult – Rays catcher J.P. Arencibia, who was released from his minor-league deal with the O’s in April, played in the final two games of the series, totaling five hits (including two homers) and seven RBI.

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