Manager Buck Showalter follows up just about every strong run by the Orioles with the warning that “momentum is only as good as your next starting pitcher,” but he would rather not be proven right so easily.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that Jimmy Paredes, who made his first rehabilitation appearance Tuesday for Double-A Bowie, performed well despite an 0-for-3 night and a fielding error that led to an unearned run.
Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman rued a pair of mistakes that left Ed Smith Stadium at the hands of the heart of the Tampa Bay Rays order, but otherwise felt great about his longest spring training outing of the season Sunday.
Chris Davis' solo homer in the bottom of the 11th inning off Rays reliever Matt Andriese gave the Orioles a 7-6 walk-off victory, snapping their six-game losing streak. The Orioles entered the night having lost 11 of their last 12, their playoff hopes in need of major help.
The Orioles' acquisition of outfielder Gerardo Parra in Friday's trade-deadline deal with the Milwaukee Brewers marked the end of Bud Norris' time with the team. The Orioles designated the veteran right-hander for assignment shortly after announcing the Parra trade, parting ways with a key piece of their 2014 rotation.
In the Orioles' dispirited 9-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays before an announced crowd of 36,945 Sunday at Camden Yards, Chris Tillman couldn't navigate through five innings for the fourth time in 10 starts this season.