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Zunino, Rays hit 5 HRs, blast Orioles 13-6 to win 5th in row

Wednesday, May well 19, 2021
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Mike Zunino hit two property runs and the Tampa Bay Rays related a time-superior five situations in all, hammering the Baltimore Orioles thirteen-6 Tuesday evening for their fifth straight earn.

Brett Phillips and Austin Meadows hit 3-operate homers in the 2nd inning and Ji-Male Choi hit a late generate as the Rays matched their longest winning streak of the year. Tampa Bay is a time-superior five online games in excess of .500 at 24-19.

The Rays have averaged eight.eight runs in the course of their winning streak. In their previous 19 online games, they averaged 3.2 runs.

“Hitting’s contagious, as we noticed tonight,” Phillips stated. “We have to carry on to support those pitchers out. They’ve been assisting us out all year, so ideally we can change points all around for them and give them a minor split.”

Baltimore has shed 8 of its very last ten and fell to a majors-worst 6-sixteen at property. It was the initially of 19 conferences this time amongst the AL East rivals, all crammed amongst May well 18 and Aug. 29.

The Rays tagged Matt Harvey (3-4) in the 2nd. They opened the inning with consecutive singles, and an out afterwards Phillips hit Harvey’s fastball to suitable for his 2nd homer.

Tampa Bay’s Willy Adames poked a double off the 3rd base bag, and Randy Arozarena attained on an infield single ahead of Meadows drilled his ninth homer of the time to make it 6-.

Harvey yielded six runs on seven hits in one 2/3 innings. It was Harvey’s shortest start off because a one one/3-inning outing from the Chicago White Sox on Sept. 6 while pitching for Kansas Town and the 2nd shortest of his 153 job starts off.

“I did not genuinely experience at ease from the commencing,” Harvey stated. “I obtained into some old behaviors mechanically and gave up some tender hits. Then clearly with runners on, I gave up two hard kinds that price us the activity. I have some get the job done to do this week mechanically and form of go back to sq. a single and genuinely figure this out so this doesn’t come about again.”

Zunino hit two-operate pictures in equally the 3rd and fifth innings for his eighth job multihomer activity and initially because Aug. eight, 2018. Zunino has 8 homers and fourteen RBIs in his very last sixteen starts off.

“He’s assured in his means, which he should really be since there aren’t lots of guys who can hit it as hard as he can,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Dollars stated. “I assume he simplified some points and it’s genuinely nice to see it pay out off for him. He’s clearly in a pretty great place.”

Choi included a two-operate homer in the eighth, his initially of the year soon after expending the initially 40 online games of the time on the wounded checklist recovering from knee surgery.

Tampa Bay starter Luis Patiño was chased in the middle of Baltimore’s 3-operate fourth. He went 3 one/3 innings, yielding 4 runs on six hits while placing out six.

Andrew Kittredge (4-) pitched one 2/3 scoreless innings in reduction for the Rays.

Baltimore’s Cedric Mullins extended his hitting streak to eleven online games with a 3rd-inning single.


Rays: OF Kevin Kiermaier (still left wrist sprain) took portion in a whole workout Tuesday. Dollars stated Kiermaier, who is qualified to be activated Wednesday, will not want a rehabilitation assignment. “He’s pretty, pretty near,” Dollars stated. … RHP Michael Wacha (suitable hamstring tightness) will toss a simulated activity Wednesday. … Dollars stated RHP Chris Mazza (shoulder inflammation) will pitch or toss a simulated activity with Triple-A Durham this week. … LHP Cody Reed still left in the eighth inning soon after enduring numbness in his hand and fingers. “I would picture he’s heading on the IL,” Dollars stated.


Tampa Bay acquired RHP Sean Poppen from Pittsburgh for funds issues and assigned him to Durham. … Baltimore selected the agreement of INF/OF Stevie Wilkerson from Triple-A Norfolk and specified INF Rio Ruiz for assignment. Ruiz hit .167 with 3 homers and six RBIs while splitting time amongst time amongst 2nd and 3rd base.

UP Subsequent

Rays: LHP Ryan Yarbrough (2-3, 4.twenty Period) draws the start off on Wednesday as the sequence proceeds. Yarbrough is 3-one with a 3.24 Period in 8 job appearances from Baltimore.

Orioles: LHP John Indicates (4-, one.21) has pitched fifteen scoreless innings with fifteen strikeouts and no walks in excess of his very last two starts off.

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