Orioles: Gausman roughed up, O's fall

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.- Kevin Gausman will have his day. Saturday wasn't it. For the fourth time since being recalled from Bowie, last year's first-round draft choice failed to come away with a win.

Three times in four starts, Gausman has pitched poorly. Last Sunday, he pitched well, but didn't get the win. Against the Tampa Bay Rays, there was no chance.

Gausman allowed seven runs in 4 1/3 innings, and the Baltimore Orioles' offense did nothing in an 8-0 loss to Tampa Bay before 21,834 at Tropicana Field.

"Obviously, this hasn't gone the way I would have hoped. Obviously, I wanted to come up here and hit the ground running and you know, win my first four starts, but it hasn't been like that," Gausman said.

He's now 0-3 and sports an ERA of 8.84

"I feel like I'm throwing good pitches, and sometimes I get the outcome that I hoped, and sometimes I don't. A little frustrating, but I feel good. Mentally and physically I feel good, and I feel like I have the stuff to be here. I just haven't produced," Gausman said.

Three weeks ago, he was in Bowie, easily getting hitters out, hardly walking anyone and watching batters flail at his pitches.

"I'm the exact same pitcher I was a couple of weeks ago, so the hitters are that much better, that much stronger. The pitch that gets a guy to chase in Double-A, they still might chase it, but the next time they might hit it for a double. That's the biggest thing, the kind of frustration right now, and obviously I want to help the team win games, and that's what's frustrating," Gausman said.

Manager Buck Showalter defended Gausman and put the blame on his suddenly feeble offense, which is batting .101 over the past two games.

The Orioles were shut out for the third time this season, and had just four hits, a day after getting just two.

"I just didn't really look at his outing like a struggle outing. I'm looking more at the one run in 18 innings. It's a real testament to their pitching. I'm not going to spend a lot of time personally dwelling on Gaus. He's going to give us a lot of chances to win. Just a pitch away. Had a couple balls that found some holes. He'll learn from it.

"He's a tough kid and he'll get great support. He's going to pitch some good games for us," Showalter said.

Jeremy Hellickson (4-2) allowed the four hits in six innings.

Luke Scott drove in three runs with a bases-clearing double in the fifth when Tampa Bay (34-27) scored five runs. The Rays scored a run in the first and two in the second off Gausman, who struck out six and walked three.

Baltimore (34-28) had two singles in the first and two in the fourth, but none after that.

NOTES: J.J. Hardy joined Chris Davis and Adam Jones as leading votegetters in balloting for the All-Star Game. Hardy, who was second to Texas' Elvis Andrus after the first week of voting, is now leading among shortstops. Jones, who trailed Mike Trout, has pulled ahead of the Angels' outfielder. Davis remains the solid leader in first baseman.

Nick Markakis has moved up to fourth place behind Detroit's Torii Hunter.

Matt Wieters and Manny Machado are in second place for catchers and third baseman, but trail Minnesota's Joe Mauer and the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera. Cabrera has about double Machado's votes and is the overall vote leader. Nate McLouth is seventh in outfield voting.

Wei-Yin Chen, who's been on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique since May 13, drove up from Sarasota to meet the club.

He threw from 120 feet for the first time since being injured, but said there was no timetable for his return. Wilson Betemit, who hasn't played this season after severely spraining his right knee late in September, is hoping to play by the All-Star break, but isn't close to returning.

Showalter said that Brian Roberts may return with the team to Baltimore after Sunday's game. Roberts hasn't played since Apr. 4, and isn't sure when he'll return, though Showalter said that his recovery was ahead of Betemit's.

Pedro Strop was activated after spending 15 days on the disabled list with a lower back strain. He pitched a scoreless eighth inning.

The biggest name the Orioles took in the final day of the amateur draft was Mike Yastrzemski, grandson of Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski. The Vanderbilt outfielder was selected in the 14th round. The Orioles took 23 pitchers among their 41 choices.

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