Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Kramer, Orioles win 1-0, Hand Rays suffer fourth straight loss

BALTIMORE ( Associated Press) — Kevin Cash — who must have known a thing or two about pitching good relief — came to Baltimore impressed with his late-innings choices.

“They have some bullpen arms that have been putting together a good season, and have challenged us,” the Tampa Bay manager said.

Rookie Adley Rutschmann sings home The game’s only run in seventh came as the Orioles handed the Rays their fourth straight loss, 1-0 on Friday night. Dean Kramer played six innings without a score and three relievers from Baltimore held the lead. Felix Bautista and Jorge López were particularly impressive, facing seven of the nine hitters.

Kramer allowed five hits and matched six scoreless frames thrown by Tampa Bay’s Shane Baz. Then Ryan Mountcastle hit a one-off double off Calvin Foucher (0-1), and Reutsman followed with a single to the center.

It was just the fourth RBI in 23 games for the highly deferred prospect, having hit his first home run in Toronto two days earlier.

“I’m just going from pitch to pitch, AB to AB,” Rutschmann said.

Bautista (3-2) dismissed the team in the seventh for the Orioles and retired all four of his batsmen. Cionel Pérez allowed two singles after relieving Bautista, but he dismissed Vidal Bruijn before giving way to López.

Lopez threw Yandy Diaz in the third of the eighth, then hit three more in the ninth to save her 10th in 12 chances.

Bautista lowered his ERA to 1.65, Pérez lowered it to 1.35, and López lowered it to 0.82. Baltimore’s relievers collectively have a 3.25 ERA this year, down from 5.70 in 2021.

Tampa Bay, a team that has become synonymous with good bullpen work in recent years, is now struggling because of its offense. The Rays were closed for the fifth time this season and for the second time in four games. They are without shortstop wanderer Franco (quadriceps), infielder Brandon Lowe (back) and catcher Mike Zunino (shoulders).

Baz allowed only two hits and scored seven on his 23rd birthday, but Kramer scored five from a walk and kept Tampa Bay off the scoreboard. After a three-game sweep at the hands of the AL East-leading Yankees, Ray has now matched his longest skid of the season. Tampa Bay is 1-6 on their nine-game road trip so far.

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In the sixth, Bruijn led with a single but was caught stealing by Reutsmann. Later in that innings, Ji-Man Choi was dismissed attempting a double for a single. Shortstop Jorge Mateo made both the putouts.

“Huge play. Brilliant throw by (right fielder Anthony) Santander. Brilliant tag by Mateo twice,” said manager Brandon Hyde. “Mateo is playing such a good shortstop for us. He’s doing big plays almost at night. ,

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Baz made a good comeback after conceding five runs in 2 1/3 innings at the start of his season in Minnesota.

“It was a bounce-back performance,” Cash said. “After the second innings, it seemed like he got into a good rhythm and did a really good job.”

It was the first quality start to Baz’s career. It was Kramer’s fourth and the first of the season.

“It was the best I’ve seen him throw, actually since his debut in 2020,” Hyde said. “How aggressive he was with his fastball, I thought he used his cutter in reasonable time, I thought he had a really good variation that he used.”

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Rays: Kevin Kirmayer (calf, Achilles) misses a second straight game.

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Tampa Bay LHP Jeffrey Springs (3-2) starts Saturday against Baltimore RHP Kyle Braddish (1-4). Springs is making two straight goalless starts.

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