Rays beat Orioles on Austin Meadows single


ST. PETERSBURG – No Rays roster can pick up the pulse as fast as Randy Arozarena, who hit two more home runs on Wednesday against the Orioles.

They were thunderous, majestic as big flies – three in two days and seven of his 13 home runs this season against the lowly Orioles.

Although this is a small sample, it conjures up memories of his postseason shoot-off last October and only makes the mind wander over what is possible in the final two months of the season. ‘year.

But it was his single perfectly placed in ninth that continued a rally for the Rays.

Austin Meadows pulled it off with a two-run single and two strikeouts with goals loaded in a 5-4 win. It was the first hit in Meadows’ major league career.

The Rays loaded the goals with a ninth strikeout against Orioles reliever Tanner Scott. Francisco Mejia started off with a single. After batter Yandy Diaz struck out, Mike Zunino walked on a walk and Arozarena shot a single that came out of the glove of first baseman Ryan Mountcastle.

Vidal Brujan was taken out at bat before Meadows delivered.

In winning the series against the Orioles, the Rays improved to 57-39. They will open a four-game series against the Indians on Thursday.

Rays starter Michael Wacha has survived five innings. He allowed three runs on consecutive doubles to start the game and was later hit for home runs by Pat Valaika and Mountcastle.

At batting, Arozarena hit the second pitch he saw in the game for a massive homerun to left field. In the second, the Rays took a 2-1 lead as Joey Wendle tripled at home Francisco Mejia, who scored the first round of the inning.

But Wacha struggled to keep baseball within the confines of Tropicana Field.

The Mountcastle homeroom early in the fourth set gave the Orioles a 3-2 lead. Arozarena equalized again leading the fifth with a long blast to center field.

The Orioles went 4-3 as Trey Mancini passed reliever Matt Wisler to start sixth and scored on a single by Mountcastle.

Aside from Arozarena and Joey Wendle and Phillips’ trebles, the Rays had little to show for hard-hit balls on Wednesday, especially against Orioles left-hander Alexander Wells, who was making his first major-league start. after two previous appearances in relief.

Wells allowed three runs and five hits before leaving with two strikeouts in the sixth inning.

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