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Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland Attendance: 23,004
Rays hope to carry momentum into series finale vs. O's
Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles
- The Rays have won four of six meetings this season, but the Orioles took two of three in Baltimore from May 20-22. Tampa Bay's starting pitchers had an ERA a 1.52 in the six games while Baltimore's starting pitchers had an ERA of 9.15.
- The Rays have lost three straight (all versus the Yankees on the road) and five of their last six. They lost by one run in each of their last two games and are 11-11 this season in one-run decisions.
- Randy Arozarena is hitting .423 (41-for-97) with 11 home runs, 26 runs batted in and scored 23 runs in 24 career games against Baltimore. Three of his five career multi-homer games have been against the Orioles.
- The Orioles have won four of their last six games and scored 10 runs yesterday at Toronto. They have scored 10 or more runs in four of their last 20 games compared to not scoring 10 or more runs in any of their first 45.
- Ryan Mountcastle is batting .407 (11-for-27) with four home runs, eight runs batted in and eight runs scored during his six-game hitting streak. He has multiple RBI in each of his last three games, with Jonathan Schoop being the last Orioles player to do so in four straight games (2018).
- Rookie Adley Rutschman is hitting .195 this season, but is three-for-eight with three runs batted in and three runs scored in his last two games. He has struggled at Camden Yards, where he is hitting .107 (3-for-28) compared to .241 away from home.
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Tampa Bay's offense has been quiet most of the week, but there could be reason for optimism as the Rays prepare to face the host Baltimore Orioles in the rubber match of a three-game series on Sunday.
After scoring a total of four runs during their four-game losing streak, the Rays recorded 14 hits in a 7-6 win over the Orioles on Saturday.
Ji-Man Choi hit a two-run homer and Harold Ramirez drove in three runs while Francisco Mejia had a career-high four hits and Yandy Diaz had three.
Tampa Bay, which is 2-6 on its nine-game road trip, jumped to a 6-2 lead before Baltimore tied the game in the sixth inning. The Rays won in the ninth when Ramirez's tiebreaking sacrifice fly scored Diaz from third.
"It was nice to get some runs early and ultimately win the game," Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. "It looked like we had a solid approach and awareness out there."
Tampa Bay outfielder Kevin Kiermaier returned to the lineup Saturday after missing two games due to left Achilles/calf tightness and went 1-for-4 from the leadoff spot.
Baltimore was led by catcher Robinson Chirinos, who entered Saturday's contest batting .144 but had three hits and four RBIs in the loss.
"I figured out something in the cage today," Chirinos said. "I think it's going to make a difference in my season, so that was good to feel that in the cage and see the result in the game right away."
Baltimore relievers have allowed just three earned runs over the last five games across 18 2/3 innings, with Felix Bautista, Cionel Perez and Jorge Lopez leading the way.
Lopez, 29, has an 0.82 ERA with 34 strikeouts in 33 innings while converting 10 of 12 saves.
Baltimore scratched Jordan Lyles on Sunday morning and will send fellow right-hander Austin Voth (0-0, 9.41 ERA) to the mound in the series finale.
Voth, 29, has made 22 relief appearances this season while pitching for the Washington Nationals and Orioles. He has a 5.40 ERA in three appearances with Baltimore.
Voth is 0-0 with a 1.50 ERA in two career appearances (one start) versus the Rays.
Right-hander Corey Kluber (3-3, 3.50) will take the mound for Tampa Bay. He has posted a 2.53 ERA in his last six starts covering 32 innings.
Kluber, 36, allowed two unearned runs on four hits over six frames in a 2-0 loss to the New York Yankees on Tuesday.
The two-time Cy Young award winner retired nine of his first 11 batters faced, but he was victimized by a pair of Tampa Bay errors in the fourth inning.
Rougned Odor is 6-for-13 with two home runs against Kluber, who is 5-1 with a 3.07 ERA in 12 career starts against Baltimore, including a 3.45 ERA in nine outings at Camden Yards.
Kluber last faced the Orioles on May 22, when he recorded his shortest start of the season and allowed two runs in three innings while throwing 73 pitches.
--Field Level Media
Updated June 19, 2022