Rays extend Orioles’ streak to 15 games
S T. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Brandon Lowe hit his 29th career homer, Shane McClanahan won his fourth straight start and the Tampa Bay Rays, leaders of the AL East, gave the Baltimore Orioles their 15th consecutive loss, 7-2 on Thursday.
The Orioles also fell 14 in a row from May 18 to May 31. The team’s record losing streak is 21 games, established at the start of the 1988 season.
Baltimore has been outscored 138-42 during the current streak. His starting pitchers are 0-12, allowing 63 earned runs in 61 2/3 innings.
“It’s not easy right now,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “We are not in many games and that is difficult.”
Tampa Bay has won 11 of 14 and is 15-1 in the season series with the Orioles.
“The atmosphere in the clubhouse is good,” Lowe said. “Everyone is happy, we feel good.”
The Rays now open a three-game series at home Friday night against the Chicago White Sox, leaders of the AL Central.
“I think this is going to be something that we’re looking at in the postseason,” Lowe said. “You know the White Sox will make it, we feel like we will make it. I think the games are going to be a little more difficult, they will be ball games a little less rated, but it will be a very close battle throughout the series. “
Jorge Lopez (3-14) became the first underdog in 14 major league games, allowing four runs, four hits, two walks and hitting one batter in two innings. The right-hander was controlled by a coach with two outs in the first, which Hyde said was due to his speed dropping dramatically.
“He said it felt good,” Hyde said. “He’s just working on a few things right now.”
Hyde added that “it is too early” to say if Lopez needs more time off.
“I’ve worked my entire life to get here and that’s the last thing I’ll do is just give up,” Lopez said.
Lowe hit a two-out, two-run drive that made it 4-0 in the second. Lowe has six home runs and 17 RBIs in his last 12 games.
McClanahan (8-4) allowed one run and five hits in five innings. He struck out eight and gave a passport.
Austin Meadows had his 83rd RBI on a two-out walk and Ji-Man Choi hit a two-run single to put the Rays ahead 7-0 in the fourth. Meadows also threw a free pass on the bases loaded during a first of two runs.
The announced crowd at Tropicana Field was 5,826, bringing the four-game series total to 22,754.
Orioles CF Cedric Mullins slammed his bat to the ground and broke it after leaving with a runner at second and two outs in the seventh.
The Rays’ magic number to eliminate Baltimore in the AL East race is six. … The Orioles (38-82) posted a fifth straight season under .500. … Tampa Bay has outscored the Orioles 128-57 in the season series. … According to ESPN Stats & Info, the Orioles are the first team since 1900 to lose 15 consecutive games over multiple runs. … Baltimore’s Ryan Mountcastle (11 games) and Jorge Mateo (10 games) extended their hitting streaks.
Orioles: Trey Mancini (left calf pain) was designated after missing two games. … DE DJ Stewart (knee pain) was out for the second day in a row. … RHP Hunter Harvey (right lateral strain) will be evaluated after his next rehab appearance in a couple of days.
Rays: C Mike Zunino (toothache) was out of lineup. … Manager Kevin Cash said RHP Ryan Thompson (right shoulder) felt “good, not so good” after throwing a scoreless inning Wednesday night for Triple-A Durham. … 1B-OF Jordan Luplow (left ankle strain) was placed in the IL for 10 days.
UNTIL NEXT TIME
Orioles: LHP Keegan Akin (0-7, 8.13 ERA) and Braves LHP Max Fried (10-7, 3.78) are Friday night’s headlines in Baltimore.
Rays: RHP Michael Wacha (2-4, 5.91) and White Sox RHP Lucas Giolito (9-9, 3.83) will meet Friday night.
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