Tampa Bay Rays vs. Baltimore Orioles

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BAL
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TB 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 9 1
BAL 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2

Home Runs: BAL - Chris Davis (23)

Drew Smyly continued his amazing play for the Rays since his trade from Detroit, holding the Orioles to two hits and a run in his seven innings.

1:06 | August 27, 2014 | Baltimore Orioles, Baseball, MLB, Tampa Bay Rays

Game Information
Location: Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland
Attendance: 20,762

BALTIMORE (AP) For those who wonder whether the Tampa Bay Rays got enough in return for former Cy Young winner David Price, the answer appears to be a resounding yes.

Making his fifth start for the Rays since being traded from Detroit, Drew Smyly allowed two hits over seven innings Wednesday night to lead Tampa Bay past the Baltimore Orioles 3-1.

Although it's too early to start comparing Smyly to Price, there's reason to believe the Rays landed a gem in the July 31 three-team deal that sent Price to the Tigers and netted the Rays three players: Smyly, infielder Nick Franklin and shortstop Willy Adames.

"He's got total command of what he is doing," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said of Smyly. "He's utilizing all of his pitches. What can I say about him? He's been outstanding."

Smyly (9-10) gave up a solo homer to Chris Davis in the second inning and a single to Steve Pearce in the seventh. The left-hander struck out six and walked one in lowering his ERA with the Rays to 1.50.

In his previous outing, Smyly blanked Toronto on two hits in his first career complete game.

"It's probably one of the better stretches I've had as a starter," Smyly said. "Really, since the All-Star break I've felt like I've kind of turned the page and done pretty well. That's what you look for, you try to get on a good roll, a good rhythm, and try to carry them over."

In 18 career appearances against AL East teams, he's 6-0 with a 1.32 ERA. That does not bode well beyond this season for the division-leading Orioles.

"Certainly, the future looks bright for him and Tampa having him in the rotation," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said, "but we'll see what baseball longevity has to say. He obviously has a chance to be a good one. Already is."

Brad Boxberger worked the eighth and Jake McGee got three outs to complete the two-hitter and earn his 15th save.

Evan Longoria had three hits for the Rays, who won for only the fourth time in 11 games. Tampa Bay scored all its runs in the first two innings and Smyly made the margin stand.

"David Price is one of the best in the game," Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy said. "It's nice we don't have to see him all the time. Smyly's a great pitcher. It doesn't get much easier."

Coincidentally, Price gave up eight runs and 12 hits on Wednesday night against the Yankees.

Baltimore lost at home for only the second time in eight games. The Orioles have lost four of six, but can capture the four-game series with a victory Thursday night.

Rookie Kevin Gausman (7-6) labored through four innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits before being lifted after 80 pitches. The right-hander is 1-3 with a 6.75 ERA in five career outings against the Rays.

"It would have been very easy to run him back out there," Showalter said. "It just seemed like there weren't a whole lot of unchallenging outs."

Gausman was optioned to the Gulf Coast Orioles after the game, but will surely return when rosters expand on Monday.

Tampa Bay scored twice in the first inning on an RBI grounder by Matt Joyce and a single by Wil Myers. The Rays might have had more if Longoria and Joyce didn't both end up at third base on a single by James Loney.

Ben Zobrist delivered a sacrifice fly in the top of the second, and Davis' 23rd home run made it 3-1 in the bottom half.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: Longoria returned to 3B after playing two straight days as a DH because of forearm tightness. "I don't think you can say he's 100 percent, but he's a lot better," Maddon said.

Orioles: 3B Manny Machado underwent season-ending surgery Wednesday to repair a torn ligament in his right knee. "Doctor said everything went well," Showalter said.

UP NEXT

Rays: Right-hander Jeremy Hellickson (9-4) makes his 18th career appearance against Baltimore in the series finale Thursday night. "I don't think there's a team better built for their ballpark than these guys," Hellickson said of the Orioles. "They're a powerful team."

Orioles: Bud Norris (11-8) faces Tampa Bay at Camden Yards for the first time. Norris has allowed one run or none in half his home starts this season.

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Pitcher Matchup
Drew Smyly
Innings Pitched:7 (Win)
H 2, R 1, 3.31 ERA
Kevin Gausman
(Loss) Innings Pitched:4
H 6, R 3, 3.84 ERA

Jake McGee
Innings Pitched:1  (Save)
H 0, R 0, 1.31 ERA
 

Baltimore batters
Player POS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Nick Markakis RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .282
Steve Pearce 1B 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 .290
Adam Jones CF 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 .285
Nelson Cruz LF 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .254
Delmon Young LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .302
J.J. Hardy SS 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .280
Chris Davis 1B 3 1 1 1 0 1 0 .190
Caleb Joseph C 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .224
Jonathan Schoop 2B 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .217

Tampa Bay batters
Player POS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Desmond Jennings CF 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .242
Ben Zobrist 2B 3 1 1 1 0 0 1 .278
Logan Forsythe 2B 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .236
Matt Joyce LF 3 1 0 1 0 2 2 .271
Evan Longoria 3B 4 0 3 0 0 1 0 .255
James Loney 1B 4 0 1 0 0 0 3 .284
Wil Myers RF 4 0 1 1 0 1 0 .219
Yunel Escobar SS 4 0 2 0 0 0 2 .253
Ryan Hanigan C 4 1 0 0 0 1 2 .209
Kevin Kiermaier RF 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .271

Baltimore pitchers
Player IP H R ER BB SO PC-ST ERA
Kevin Gausman 4 6 3 2 0 4 80-52 3.84
T.J. McFarland 3 1 0 0 0 1 37-26 3.10
Tommy Hunter 1 1 0 0 0 1 8-5 3.47
Darren O'Day 1 1 0 0 0 2 10-9 0.92

Tampa Bay pitchers
Player IP H R ER BB SO PC-ST ERA
Drew Smyly 7 2 1 1 1 6 87-58 3.31
Brad Boxberger 1 0 0 0 0 1 10-8 2.05
Jake McGee 1 0 0 0 0 1 10-7 1.31