BALTIMORE (AP) — Randy Arozarena hit two home runs, Jeffrey Springs threw a shutout ball in the sixth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays spoiled the debut of Baltimore Orioles top contender Adleyrutschman with a 6-1 win Saturday night.
The switch-hitting Chuteman was the No. 1 pick of the 2019 draft and is ranked the No. 1 baseball prospect by MLB Pipeline. He batted sixth place and had a stand-up triple in seventh place for his first major league hit. rutschman went 1 for 3 with a strikeout and a walk.
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“Extremely blessed to be able to play this game, to have people supporting me and cheering me on,” saidrutschman. “Obviously I lost the game and I’m just looking forward to being with the team and trying to win games again. Obviously something special that a lot of people cheered tonight. I can’t wait to get to this normal, everyday team aspect.
“Definitely a special moment.”
Springs (2-1) made his third start since being lifted from the bullpen. He was dominant, allowing just one hit with a career-high seven strikeouts and four walks in 5 2/3 innings.
“I try to keep it as simple as possible and continue to do things that I did in the bullpen that gave me success,” Springs said.
On Friday night against Baltimore, the Rays were on a 15-game winning streak that was the longest against a single opponent in club history. Tampa Bay is still 22-2 against the Orioles as of early 2021 and has surpassed them 177-84 at that stretch.
Arozarena bats .413 (38 for 92) with 11 home runs and 25 RBIs in 23 career games against Baltimore. Three of his five career multiple-homer games have come against the Orioles.
“When I’m in the box, I try to keep my mind on track,” Arozarena said through a translator. “It doesn’t matter if it’s the Orioles or not. Luckily I hit well against the Orioles. Hopefully this happiness lasts.”
Kevin Kiermaier faced Leadoff for the first time this season, going 3 for 4 with a homer for the Rays, who won three of four.
Baltimore’s Trey Mancini went 2 for 4 with an RBI single in eighth place ahead of Ralph Garza Jr. and has on-base for 15 straight games.
Arozarena gave the Rays a 2-0 lead with a 2-run homer in first Orioles rookie Kyle Bradish (1-3). He connected again with a solo shot in the fourth over the left field wall for his fourth homer of the season.
“When you’re in the AL East, you get hot against a certain team,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said of Arozarena. “It will probably work against you against some other teams. We’re taking it now because we needed a good offensive performance and he gave us one.
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Tampa Bay increased the lead to 5-0 in the sixth to a sacrificial fly from Ji-Man Choi and a fielder choice from Harold Ramirez.
Bradish allowed five runs and five hits with five strikeouts and two walks over 5 1/3 innings.
A solo shot by Kiermaier in eighth position extended the lead to 6-0. It was his fifth this year.
rutschman joined Matt Wieters and Manny Machado as the only Orioles players to hit the treble for their first major league hit.
Orioles: recalled Triple-A Norfolk’s RHP Mike Baumann and voted RHP Logan Gillaspie and LHP Nick Vespi to the Tides.
Rays: Wander Franco is struggling with a right quadriceps injury and has been left out of the lineup. He’s also dealing with other lower body injuries. “It’s affecting every part of both legs,” Cash said. … Yandy Díaz slowly got up after a goal in the sixth run and had to leave the game with a left shoulder strain.
Orioles: INF Ryan Mountcastle (left wrist, forearm) was reinstated from the 10-day IL and was the DH.
Rays: RHP Corey Kluber (1-2, 4.29) is 5-1 with a 2.94 ERA in 11 career starts against Baltimore.
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Orioles: RHP Spenser Watkins (0-1, 10/5) makes his fifth career outing against Tampa Bay. He pitched five innings and gave up six carries and seven hits in his last start against Tampa Bay on August 29.
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