The Rays went into another key matchup Wednesday night, and once again did not display their best baseball at Camden Yards.
Alex Cobb set out to set the birds from Baltimore straight, and he settled down after a shaky first avoided an awful start but still failed to give his team an efficient/deep outing. The Rays would have many opportunities to score and were definitely not get cheated out of this game.
The Rays started out the scoring in the first when B.J. Upton hit the second pitch of the game into the left field seats for his 22nd home run of the year.
The Orioles would strike back in the bottom of the first with an RBI single by Matt Wieters to score Nate McLouth and tie the game at one. Wilson Betemit then hit an RBI single of his own to score J.J. Hardy and give the O’s the 2-1 lead.
The Rays tied it back up in the third with an RBI double by Ben Francisco to score Jeff Keppinger.
After multiple innings of great [scoreless] work from the bullpen, the Rays turned to Kyle Farnsworth to keep the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the ninth. It wouldn't work out that way though, as McClouth delivered a one-out walk-off single to hand the Rays another loss.
The tough defeat was a real frustrating one; a game that easily could have went the other way. DRaysBay.com's game recap has an interesting perspective on how Joe Maddon [negatively] affected his team with some rare poor decisions...definitely worth taking a look at.
The Rays are now 77-65 and stand three games out of both the division and the Wild Card. The Yankees won their game in Boston, so they remain tied with Baltimore for first place.
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