The Tampa Bay Rays arrived in town in a tremendous funk. They've lost 11 straight games in a slump that has erudite manager Joe Maddon quoting Winston Churchill to put the thing in proper perspective.
"When you're going through hell,'' he said before tonight's game, "keep going."
The Rays responded by opening up with a run off David Hernandez in the first tonight, but the Orioles pinned a four-spot on Tampa starter David Price in the bottom of the inning, which had to have Maddon searching his memory bank for some other British wisdom.
How about this from 19th century British prime minister Benjamin Disraeli: "There is no education like adversity."
That would probably apply to both teams right now. The Rays quickly responded with three more runs off Hernandez in the top of the second inning and took the lead on a fourth-inning homer by B.J. Upton.
Which, for some reason, reminds me of a quote from American humorist/philosopher Mark Twain: "By trying, we can easily learn to endure adversity. Another man's, I mean."