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BALTIMORE (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays can handiest hope misplaced weekend in Baltimore does not turn out expensive of their bid to finish a five-year playoff drought.

Anthony Santander went Five for five with a homer , Renato Núñez drove in 3 runs and the Orioles beat the Rays Eight-Three Sunday for a break up of the four-game collection.

After beating Baltimore two times to transport atop the AL wild-card standings, Tampa Bay used to be outscored 15-Four by way of the group with the second-worst document within the majors.

“Disappointing,” Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier stated. “We began out nice, two wins, however the remaining two days have been a letdown. They outpiched us and outhit us. They did the whole thing proper.”

Kiermaier harm his ribs chasing down one in all Baltimore’s 16 hits and used to be pulled from the sport as a precaution. The damage didn’t impede his talent to get right of entry to the place the Rays stand with 30 video games to play.

“We are attempting to determine how we are going to be higher around the board. We are looking for the ones solutions at this time,” he stated. “We are very inconsistent. We’re going to rattle off 4 wins in a row then lose 3 or 4.”

Rays opener Diego Castillo (2-7) gave up one run over two innings earlier than Jalen Beeks used to be roughed up for seven runs and 11 hits in 5 innings.

“They noticed the ball smartly,” Tampa Bay supervisor Kevin Money stated of the Orioles. “They have been ready and in a position to hit.”

Santander had his first profession five-hit sport, Jonathan Villar homered , and DJ Stewart and Núñez every had 3 hits.

“We misplaced the primary couple video games, so so that you can come again and get a break up is implausible,” Orioles supervisor Brandon Hyde stated. “That is a truly just right ballclub, a group that is going to be in till the very finish.”

Núñez singled in a first-inning run and hit a two-run double within the 3rd earlier than scoring on a unmarried by way of Stewart for a Four-Zero lead.

Tampa Bay responded with an unearned run within the fourth and loaded the bases with one out earlier than Dylan Bundy (6-13) were given Joey Wendle to bop right into a double play, one in all 4 became by way of the Orioles.

“That is all you attempt to do as a starter is prohibit the wear, and we had some nice defensive performs lately,” stated Bundy, who allowed two earned runs in 5 innings.

Villar homered within the backside part and Santander added an RBI unmarried to make it 6-1.

With 28 steals at the side of his career-high 20 house runs, Villar has the 8th 20-20 season in Orioles historical past — the primary since Manny Machado in 2015.

“You by no means know, possibly I will be able to make it 30-30,” Villar stated. “Now I am focusing completing exhausting.”

EJECTED

Orioles pitching trainer Doug Brocail used to be ejected by way of first base umpire John Beaverbrook, who dominated check-swing by way of Avisail Garcia within the 5th inning used to be now not a strike. Brocail idea in a different way and used to be tossed for the second one time this season.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rays: LHP José Alvarado used to be positioned at the 10-day injured record with elbow irritation following an useless, abbreviated time out Saturday evening. “He used to be positive all through the sport,” Money stated. “I believe his elbow flared up as soon as he used to be off the mound.” Alvarado will likely be tested Monday in Florida. … Wendle (proper wrist irritation) used to be activated from the IL and began at 3rd base. “Indubitably having an up and down season — most commonly down,” stated Wendle, who got here in with a .206 batting reasonable over 46 video games after hitting .300 in 139 video games remaining yr. He is been at the IL 3 times, two times with a sore wrist, and will likely be used sporadically till it is positive his wrist is as regards to 100 %.

Orioles: 3B Hanser Alberto used to be got rid of from the sport after being struck within the head by way of Eric Sogard’s knee on a play at moment base. Hyde stated Alberto has a head contusion and a cervical neck pressure. … LHP John Method used to be positioned at the circle of relatives clinical emergency record. He pitched Saturday evening, and the Orioles hope to have him again for his or her upcoming weekend collection in Kansas Town. RHP Tayler Scott used to be recalled from Triple-A Norfolk.

UP NEXT

Rays: After taking Monday off, Tampa Bay opens a three-game set at Houston. A chief pitching matchup on Tuesday options Charlie Morton (13-Five, 2.85 ERA) in opposition to Astros ace Justin Verlander (15-Five, 2.77).

Orioles: A break day Monday is adopted by way of a two-game street collection in opposition to the Washington Nationals, an NL contender. The neighboring groups break up two video games in Baltimore remaining month.

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