ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Baltimore Orioles won't have Matt Wieters for the remainder of this season. They'll miss his defense, as well as his offense.
Since Wieters went on the disabled list, the Orioles are now 15-20 after their 5-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays before 10,576 at Tropicana Field on Monday night.
Jerry Sands hit a two-run pinch hit home run off Brian Matusz in the top of the eighth to give Tampa Bay (28-43) a 5-3 lead. Delmon Young hit a pinch hit home run in the top of the ninth to make it closer, but the Rays held on.
"Personal things aside, we lost the ballgame today. Didn't make a pitch when we needed it," Matusz said. "Anytime you get behind in the count, any professional hitter, it's never a good start. To follow it up with a fastball right down the middle, you put yourself in trouble."
Jake McGee (3-0) got the win for the Rays. Darren O'Day (2-1) who walked Evan Longoria in the eighth, got the loss.
"Our guys have been doing a good job out of the pen to,o so it's frustrating. Wei-Yin, he wasn't as efficient with his pitches as you'd like to see, but I think Tampa had something to do with that too. But he got us to the point where we had a chance to win the game. That's usually what you want out of your starting pitching," manager Buck Showalter said.
Baltimore fell behind 3-0 after four innings on Yunel Escobar's fourth home run of the year off Chen in the first and Ryan Hanigan's fourth homer, a two-run shot in the fourth.
After Nick Markakis hit a long double to left to lead off the sixth off Jake Odorizzi, Adam Jones hit a longer home run to left, his second in two days and 12th of the year to bring the Orioles within 3-2.
Chen provided Baltimore with its eighth quality start in succession. He allowed three runs on six hits in 6 2/3 innings, walking one and striking out three.
"Those home runs led to the three runs allowed, so those are mistakes that I made. So, I have to take responsibility of those pitches," Chen said through his translator.
In the eighth, Markakis led off with a single. It was the 1,456th hit of his career, passing Ken Singleton for sixth place on the Orioles' all-time list. Manny Machado followed with a single off Grant Balfour, and after Jones flied to right, McGee walked Chris Davis to load the bases.
Nelson Cruz's infield single tied the score at 3. J.J. Hardy struck out and Steve Pearce hit into a fielder's choice.
CRUZ, WIETERS STILL AHEAD: Nelson Cruz and Matt Wieters remain the leaders in the latest All-Star balloting. Cruz, who entered Monday night's game as the major league leader in home runs and RBIs has a lead of more than 475,000 over Boston's David Ortiz among designated hitters.
Wieters, who will have season-ending Tommy John surgery on Tuesday, leads New York's Brian McCann by more than 400,000. He hasn't played since May 10 and won't be able to play in the July 15 game at Minneapolis' Target Field.
Adam Jones, who has been an All-Star three times, fell a spot into fifth place in the outfield voting. He trails Toronto's Jose Bautista, Los Angeles' Mike Trout and the Blue Jays' Melky Cabrera as well as Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes, who is now in fourth place.
Nick Markakis is in 10th place in the outfield voting, down a spot from last week's results. David Lough, who had been in 15th place, is no longer among the leaders.
J.J. Hardy is in third place at shortstop, but trails far behind the Yankees' Derek Jeter. Manny Machado and Chris Davis are both in fourth place at third base and first base, respectively.
Jones, Hardy, Machado and Davis were all All-Stars in 2013 along with Chris Tillman.
MOURNING GWYNN: Several of the Orioles were friends of Tony Gwynn, the San Diego Padres great who died of cancer at 54 on Monday.
Adam Jones was recruited to play under Gwynn at San Diego State, but chose to play professionally instead. Jones even signed a letter of intent to play for Gwynn.
"He's Mr. Padre. He's Mr. San Diego," Jones said. "Never was a guy that wanted all the fame and praise."
Manager Buck Showalter managed the Arizona Diamondbacks from 1998-2000. The Diamondbacks had a tough time facing Gwynn.
"He made the game look easy," Showalter said.
ODDS AND ENDS: Miguel Gonzalez is scheduled to come off the disabled list on Tuesday to start. A pitcher will have to be dropped from the roster. … Henry Urrutia, who underwent sports hernia surgery last month, will be ready to play in July, Showalter said.