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Rays 4-3 Orioles (June 2, 2024) Game Recap

BALTIMORE — – Jose Siri hit a two-run double in the eighth to give Tampa Bay the lead, Garrett Cleavinger escaped the bottom of the inning with a bases-loaded double play, and the Rays avoided a sweep with a 4-3 win Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles.

Gunnar Henderson hit his sixth leadoff homer of the season for the Orioles, who led 3-0 in the fourth inning before Tampa Bay returned. With the score tied at 3-2, Dillon Tate (2-1) allowed two straight singles to start the eighth, then fell behind in the count to Siri, who was about to bunt. Siri eventually spun away on a 3-1 roll and drove the ball to right-center field to put Tampa Bay on top.

Shawn Armstrong (2-1) won in relief, but Cleavinger almost had to relinquish the lead. With a man on first and one out, he walked Henderson – the Baltimore shortstop reached base in all five of his at-bats – and then allowed a single to Adley Rutschman.

Ramón Urías was held at third base on that sharp hit, leaving the bases loaded, then Ryan Mountcastle hit a roller to third on the first pitch.

Pete Fairbanks scored a slightly less stressful ninth, allowing one goal before securing his sixth save in seven chances.

José Caballero went deep for Tampa Bay in the seventh.

The Rays are 12-4 in games decided by one point and 21-9 in games decided by two or less this season.

Henderson leads the majors in leadoff home runs this year with one more than Philadelphia’s Kyle Schwarber. The Major League record for a single season is 13 set by Alfonso Soriano in 2003. Baltimore’s Brady Anderson once held that record after hitting 12 during his 50-homer campaign in 1996.

After giving the Orioles a 1-0 lead, Henderson singled in the third and scored on Anthony Santander’s single. Rutschman’s RBI single in the fourth made it 3-0.

Yandy Díaz hit a sacrifice fly for the Rays in the fifth.

Cole Irvin allowed two runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings for the Orioles. Tampa Bay starter Zack Littell allowed three runs and 11 hits in six innings.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rays: Caballero appeared hurt when he made a diving attempt at shortstop on Jorge Mateo’s infield single in the second. He stood up very slowly and seemed to stretch his waist, but he stayed in the game and ended up scoring two points.

Orioles: Mateo took off for a pinch hitter in the fourth. It was not immediately clear why. … Urías, Mateo’s replacement in the batting order, was rocked after being hit on the left foot by a pitch in the eighth. Because the team suddenly had few infielders, he stayed inside.

NEXT ONE

Rays: After a bad day Monday, Tampa Bay sends Ryan Pepiot (3-2) to the mound Tuesday evening in Miami against Jesús Luzardo (2-2).

Orioles: Baltimore starts Grayson Rodriguez (5-2) on Monday night in Toronto against Kevin Gausman (4-3).

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