Evan Longoria

Orioles waste quality start from Jimenez, lose second straight to Rays, 5-1

Orioles waste quality start from Jimenez, lose second straight to Rays, 5-1

Ubaldo Jiménez certainly deserved a better fate than the one he received Wednesday afternoon against the Tampa Bay Rays. He allowed just five base runners over six innings, harnessing his command while working all areas of the strike zone and fanning a season-high nine batters.

The Orioles needed such an outing from Jiménez, who has struggled mightily since returning to the starting rotation, especially with the club on the fringes of the playoff race with the nonwaiver trade deadline approaching.

But one pitch burned Jiménez in the Orioles’ 5-1 loss at Tropicana Field. He had used his two-seam sinking fastball effectively, particularly...

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