Tampa Bay Slugs 2 HRs, Spoils Return Of Orioles’ Means 9-3

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By MARK DIDTLERJuly 20, 2021 astatine 10:45 pm

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Francisco Mejía had a homer and 5 RBIs, Randy Arozarena besides homered and the Tampa Bay Rays spoiled John Means’ instrumentality from a near enarthrosis strain, beating the Baltimore Orioles 9-3 Tuesday night.

Means (4-3), making his archetypal commencement since June 5, allowed 5 runs and 7 hits successful 5 innings, striking retired 2 successful a 78-pitch outing.

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Mejía besides had a three-run triple during a four-run eighth disconnected Shaun Anderson that made it 9-3.

Tampa Bay won for the ninth clip successful 12 games and moved wrong a crippled of AL East-leading Boston.

Baltimore (31-63) had its three-game winning streak halted. The Orioles failed for the 5th clip to widen a season-high winning streak to 4 games.

Rays All-Star catcher Mike Zunino, who near Monday’s crippled with near hep flexor tightness, didn’t play. First baseman Yandy Díaz was scratched owed to cervix spasms.

Tampa Bay took a 5-1 pb connected Mejía’s two-run changeable successful the fourth.

Arozarena deed his archetypal homer successful 22 games, a solo changeable successful the 3rd inning. He deed a leadoff treble during a two-run archetypal and scored connected Vidal Bruján’s single.

The speedy Bruján aboriginal failed to tag up astatine 2nd connected Austin Meadows’ heavy alert to center, but precocious to 3rd erstwhile halfway fielder Cedric Mullins made an errant propulsion backmost to the infield. He broke toward the sheet astatine archetypal connected Wander Franco’s alert to right, but was capable to tag up and score.

Austin Hays reached starring disconnected the eighth connected a throwing mistake by Franco astatine 3rd base, and scored erstwhile Ryan Mountcastle was credited with a sacrifice alert aft close fielder Brandon Lowe dropped his fly. Mountcastle scored erstwhile Anthony Santander doubled disconnected J.P. Feyereisen, cutting the Orioles’ shortage to 5-3.

Tampa Bay had 4 errors overall.

Pete Fairbanks ended the eighth with a brace of strikeouts with 2 on.

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Pedro Severino got Baltimore wrong 2-1 connected an RBI azygous successful the 2nd disconnected Shane McClanahan (4-3), who gave up 1 tally and 4 hits implicit 5 innings.


The YouTube broadcast of the crippled featured the archetypal all-female broadcast unit successful MLB history. Melanie Newman did play-by-play with expert Sarah Langs. Alanna Rizzo was the on-field reporter, and Heidi Watney and Lauren Gardner hosted pre-and-postgame coverage.


The Rays signed their first-round prime (28th overall) successful this year’s draft, SS Carson Williams from Torrey Pines (Calif.) High School.


Orioles: 3B Maikel Franco (right ankle) went 0 for 1 with a sacrifice alert and locomotion with the FCL Orioles Orange. … INF Freddy Galvis (right quadriceps) volition commencement crippled enactment astatine the team’s Florida analyzable adjacent week.

Rays: Reliever Nick Anderson (right elbow) struck retired 2 of 4 batters successful a simulated game. OF Manuel Margot (left hamstring) homered connected Anderson’s 20th and last pitch. … INF Mike Brosseau (right oblique) went 3 for 4 with 2 doubles for the FCL Rays. One treble came disconnected erstwhile large leaguer and FCL Twins starter Sean Gilmartin.


Rays RHP Michael Wacha (2-2) volition either commencement oregon travel an opener Wednesday. LHP Keegan Akin (0-5) starts for Baltimore.

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