Orioles lose to Rays, 3-1, as José Iglesias leaves with wrist injury

Just a week ago in New York, it was just sinking in that the Orioles' surprise, if slim, playoff hopes wouldn’t be realized.

Since then, they’ve mostly just been sinking.


Another starting pitching performance worthy of better was wasted in a 3-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday at Camden Yards as the Orioles (22-31) scored just once for the seventh time in their last 10 games.

“We just are having a tough time scoring runs,” manager Brandon Hyde said.


The Orioles were as close as a half-game out of a playoff spot last week on their trip to New York, but have lost four straight and 10 of their past 12 to drop to 4 ½ games out of the last playoff spot with seven games remaining.

This loss, on the coolest night of the season in Baltimore, came after an early lead. José Iglesias doubled and scored on a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch with Chance Sisco at the plate in the first inning, but that was all they managed.

Ryan Mountcastle’s single that inning, which only managed to push Iglesias to third, turned out to be their only hit with a runner in scoring position for the entire game. Mountcastle and Austin Hays each had two-hit games.

Iglesias leaves

Having already spent time on the injured list with a quadriceps injury and having a precautionary X-ray on his shin just this week, more bad news was not welcome for the Orioles where Iglesias is concerned.

In his second at-bat, the veteran Orioles hitter took a Charlie Morton fastball off his left wrist and collapsed in pain behind home plate. Iglesias left with a wrist contusion, the Orioles announced.

Hyde said X-rays were negative and they’d monitor Iglesias, acknowledging that any extended absence for Iglesias in the final week would hurt an already struggling offense.

“I think that with our inexperience and our lack of major league at-bats in the majority of our lineup, he’s the one guy in our lineup that you know is going to give four quality at-bats a night, and he’s been doing that all season long, no matter who is on the mound,” Hyde said.

“His first at-bat was for me, one of the best at-bats of the year. Facing Charlie Morton, gets two strikes continues to battle, fouling balls of, fouling balls out, laying off tough pitches and hits a curveball in the corner for a double. We talked about it in the dugout. That’s just a pro at-bat from a pro. It’s good for our guys to see that, understanding what it takes to be a major league hitter at this level. He’s been giving us great at-bats all season. To not have him in there, the games that he hasn’t been in there, it’s definitely a void right now.”

Hooray for Jorge

Right-hander Jorge López had to navigate around some traffic and didn’t have a 1-2-3 inning all night, but turned in his second straight quality start and the Orioles' sixth in the past 14 games.

He took the loss, though, because of a pair of home runs. Yoshi Tsutsugo homered to begin the third inning and tie the game, and a two-run home run in the fifth inning by Randy Arozarena gave the Rays a 3-1 lead.

Hyde said López pitched “six solid innings,” and has “been throwing the ball great, definitely putting himself in position to be a starting candidate next year.”

López has been a big part of an Orioles rotation that has a 3.88 ERA since Aug. 31.


“It’s great,” López said. “I’ve had really good motivations the last couple weeks with [John] Means, Alex [Cobb], the young guys. It’s been really, really good fun to watch. I just want to keep it going, keep competing, executing every pitch.”

Evan Phillips struck out four in two innings of scoreless relief to keep it close, and Travis Lakins Sr. pitched a scoreless ninth.

Erasing errors

Twice, the Orioles made errors that put a runner on third base only to erase him with a heads-up play on ground balls to Hanser Alberto at second base to get the out at home.

In the fourth inning, Joey Wendle doubled off the right-field wall and took third base when DJ Stewart misplayed the ball on the bounce, but made an out at home by several feet. Chance Sisco was charged with an error when a throw to second on a stolen base attempt went into center field and Arozarena went to third.

Sisco, however, got the tag down on a high throw to get Arozarena at home on the ensuing play from Alberto.

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