Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier hit a 0-2 fastball over the right-field fence for a two-run homer with two outs in the sixth inning, handing the Orioles a 3-1 loss on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.
Brad Brach, Andrew Miller, and Zach Britton combined for three scoreless innings in Thursday¿s 5-4 win, and completed a four-game series against the Rays without allowing an earned run in 14 1/3 innings.
At this point, the Orioles (75-55) don't need style points. They just have to keep winning. And with a couple key hits and a bullpen that didn't allow a run in 4 1/3 innings, they have now beaten the Rays (64-68) in 10 of their 14 meetings this season.
Right-hander Evan Meek and left-hander Brian Matusz combined to give up nine runs -- including seven in a decisive sixth inning -- and the Orioles set a new season-high in runs allowed in a 12-7 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in the series finale Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards.
The Orioles recorded their best offensive output in the past 14 games as a pair of homers sent them to a 7-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night in front of an announced 10,803 at Tropicana Field.
Second baseman Jonathan Schoop watched Orioles center fielder Adam Jones carry the offense with a pair of towering solo home runs before he hit a two-run shot in the club's 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.
After playing the longest game in either franchise¿s history on Friday night, the Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays returned to Tropicana Field looking like sleep-deprived clubs. The alarm finally went off for the Rays in the fifth when Desmond Jennings smacked a three-run homer to spur a 5-1 Tampa Bay victory
On Friday night (and Saturday morning), the Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays combined for the longest game, time-wise, in both franchises' histories, a six hour, 54-minute, 18-inning ordeal that ended on David DeJesus' single to right that gave the celebrating Rays a 5-4 win.
For the first time in his professional career, usual No. 2 hitter Manny Machado is leading off. Adam Jones, who has hit exclusively third or fourth this season, is batting second. And Danny Valencia, who is 9-for-12 lifetime against Tampa Bay starter David Price, is batting cleanup.
Winning 16 straight extra-inning games last season, the Orioles managed to write chapter after chapter of unforgettable endings. But Thursday night's first extra-inning game of the season, a 10-inning 10-6 win over the Tampa Bay Rays, might have topped them all.