Rays Fall In Home Opener, 4-1
Jeremy Guthrie threw eight innings of scoreless baseball for the Orioles as Tampa Bay dropped its home opener 4-1 in front of a sell-out crowd of 34,078. Baltimore’s right-hander allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out six.
David Price had a strong outing for the Rays despite allowing four runs on five hits through seven innings.
The Orioles took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third thanks to a one out double by J.J. Hardy and a two out RBI single by Nick Markakis.
Baltimore struck for three more runs in the fifth inning to extend their lead. After Mark Reynolds grounded out, Matt Wieters snuck a groundball by Reid Brignac and David Price walked J.J. Hardy on five pitches. Two runs scored after Brian Roberts tripled on a liner to left field and the final O’s run scored on a Nick Markakis sacrifice fly. Orioles 4, Rays 0.
Tampa Bay was shut out until Ben Zobrist’s solo home run to right field in the bottom of the ninth. He went 2-for-4 and stole a base hit away from Derrek Lee in the eighth with an impressive diving grab for the final out.
Rays batters were a combined 4-for-30 tonight. Evan Longoria, Johnny Damon, and Manny Ramirez were a combined 0-for-12.
Game two of this three game set will take place tomorrow night at 7:10. James Shields will take the mound for the Rays against Baltimore’s Brian Matusz.