Henderson homers on 1st pitch and Orioles beat Rays 5-2 for 1st 4-game sweep at Tropicana Field

Mon, Jun 10, 2024
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Henderson homers on 1st pitch and Orioles beat Rays 5-2 for 1st 4-game sweep at Tropicana Field

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Gunnar Henderson homered on the first pitch, Ryan O'Hearn drove in three runs and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-2 on Monday night to finish a four-game sweep.

Corbin Burnes (7-2) allowed two unearned runs and five hits in seven innings as Baltimore improved to 22-10 on the road and swept a four-game series at Tropicana Field for the first time. Craig Kimbrel worked the ninth for his 15th save in 18 chances.

James McCann also homered for Baltimore, which leads the majors with 104. It's the most homers through the first 65 games of a season in Orioles history.

Alex Jackson went deep for the Rays, who have dropped 13 of 17 at home and are 31-35 overall.

O'Hearn put Baltimore up 4-2 on a two-run double in the fifth against Ryan Pepiot (4-3). He made it 5-2 with a seventh-inning RBI single off Kevin Kelly to complete a nine-pitch at-bat. Both hits came with two outs.

Henderson's major league-best seventh leadoff homer this year went 430 feet to center field. Last season's AL Rookie of the Year has 21 homers, second in the majors to New York Yankees star Aaron Judge (24).

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O'Hearn and Henderson both had three hits. Henderson scored three times for the second consecutive game.

Tampa Bay got two unearned runs in the second when second baseman Jordan Westburg dropped Jose Caballero's routine popup with two outs, and the light-hitting Jackson hit his first big league homer in almost three years.

It was Jackson's third hit in 47 at-bats this season, and first longball since going deep against Dan Winkler of the Chicago Cubs in August 2021.

McCann tied it at 2 on his third-inning drive.

Pepiot allowed four runs and nine hits over six innings. He struck out nine.


Orioles RHP Dean Kremer (right triceps strain) threw a bullpen and could be ready to start a short minor league rehab assignment this week.


Orioles: RHP Albert Suarez (2-0, 1.83 ERA) and Atlanta LHP Max Fried (6-2, 2.93) are Tuesday night's starters.

Rays: RHP Zach Eflin (3-4, 4.14 ERA) will face Chicago Cubs RHP Jameson Taillon (3-2, 3.47) on Tuesday night.


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