Joey Wendle hit a pair of homers, together with a grand slam, and drove in six runs to steer the Tampa Bay Rays over the Baltimore Orioles 12-8 Sunday for a three-game sweep.
Austin Meadows and Jordan Luplow additionally homered for Tampa Bay, which completed 18-1 in opposition to Baltimore this yr. The AL East-leading Rays have overwhelmed Baltimore 12 straight occasions, tying a franchise document they set in opposition to the Orioles in 2008.
Ryan Mountcastle tied a profession excessive with 4 hits, together with his 24th home run for the Orioles. Jorge Mateo and Cedric Mullins additionally homered.
With the Rays main 6-4 within the seventh inning, Wendle broke open the game when he hit a 1-1 pitch from Paul Fry over the right-field fence for his third profession grand slam. Wendle had gone 50 video games with out a homer earlier than hitting two in consecutive at-bats.
Tampa Bay scored 10 or extra runs in opposition to Baltimore six occasions.
Chris Archer made simply his second begin since April 10 for the Rays after being sidelined with a forearm harm. Archer needed to depart his earlier outing within the second inning on Aug. 22 in opposition to the Yankees due to a hip problem. He managed to throw 4 innings, permitting two runs with 4 hits and 6 strikeouts.
JT Chargois (5-0) picked up his second consecutive win in aid.
The Rays took an early 2-0 lead in opposition to Orioles rookie starter Spenser Watkins (2-7) on a pair of RBI singles by Randy Arozarena and Wendle.
Baltimore minimize the result in 2-1 within the backside half of the inning on a run-scoring single by Austin Hays.
Luplow answered within the second with a towering, solo house run off the left-field foul pole.
Mountcastle pulled the Orioles to inside 3-2 with a solo homer to left, prompting Archer to throw his glove down in frustration.
Meadows prolonged the result in 5-2 with a two-run shot within the sixth. Wendle adopted with another homer over the right-field scoreboard that ended Watkins’ afternoon.
Watkins has allowed 36 runs and 49 hits over his final seven begins (30 2/3 innings).
Rays shortstop Wander Franco went 2 for 4 and has reached base in 29 straight video games, the longest energetic streak within the majors and the longest by a rookie in membership historical past.
Rays: DH Nelson Cruz and INF Yandy Diaz acquired the break day however had been obtainable off the bench.
Orioles: RHP Hunter Harvey (lat pressure) has made three rehab appearances with Triple-A Norfolk however isn’t able to be activated. “He had a bit of little bit of soreness after his final outing,” supervisor Brandon Hyde stated immediately.
Rays: RHP Luis Patino (3-3, 4.53 ERA) will begin the sequence opener Monday night time at house in opposition to the Crimson Sox after getting pushed again a day. Patino has thrown 81 innings between the Rays and Triple-A Durham this season, in comparison with simply 17 1/3 final season.
Orioles: RHP Chris Ellis (1-0, 3.86 ERA) will make his second begin for the Orioles in opposition to Toronto on Monday night time. He was claimed off waivers from the Rays on Aug. 20.