June 18: Orioles (37-34) 2, Rays (28-45) 0
Starters Kevin Gausman and Alex Cobb didn’t give up a single earned run through a combined 13 innings pitched in the Baltimore Orioles’ eventual 2-0 win versus the Tampa Bay Rays. Steve Pearce and Nelson Cruz knocked in a run apiece.
Tampa Bay was kicking itself after its missed opportunity in the very first inning of the game. The Rays got their first three men of the inning on base against Gausman, but failed to score when James Loney, Ben Zobrist and David DeJesus were set down in order to end the frame.
Both pitchers were absolutely dealing from that point on. In fact, he two offenses combined for two harmless hits and a pair of walks in innings two through four.
The fifth inning ended up being the decisive one for the O’s in the game, as Nick Markakis reached base with two outs. Pearce followed with a double that brought Markakis home to score the go-ahead run.
It wasn’t until the top of the eighth that the O’s were able to get back on the board. Baltimore got a home run ball from Cruz to double their lead to two. Cruz belted his 22nd long ball of the year on a fastball offering from reliever Cesar Ramos. The O’s got two more base-runners on in the inning, but failed to score any insurance runs.
It didn’t really matter though, because the Rays failed to get another base-runner the rest of the game.
Reliever Zach Britton came in in the ninth to secure the win with his ninth save of the season. He just that as he retired the Rays’ hitters in order.
Gausman earned the win with his six shutout frames of work. He coughed up only five hits and fanned five. Meanwhile, Cobb went seven strong innings and got the loss. He gave up four hits and struck out six in the tough defeat.
Neither team had any success with runners in scoring position in the game. The O’s went 0-for-6 in that category, while the Rays were 0-for-7. The two teams combined to leave 16 runners on base in the game.