Sergio Romo

Orioles defeat Rays, 5-0, in first game of road trip behind Gausman, have won six of past eight

Orioles defeat Rays, 5-0, in first game of road trip behind Gausman, have won six of past eight

Among the many things that must reveal themselves for the Orioles to return to the postseason shuffle is right-hander Kevin Gausman’s return to his second-half self of last season.

And Gausman took a step in that direction in Monday night’s series opener against the Tampa Bay Rays, pitching six scoreless innings in a 5-0 victory at Tropicana Field.

With the win, the Orioles (48-51) crept closer to getting back into the American League wild-card race as the nonwaiver trade deadline looms Monday, while handing the Rays (51-49), a team they’re chasing in both the AL East and wild-card standings, their fifth straight loss.

“Kevin was throwing strikes and...

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