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Mountcastle, Santander and Westburg homer as Orioles beat Rays 6-3

Fri, Jun 7, 2024
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Mountcastle, Santander and Westburg homer as Orioles beat Rays 6-3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Ryan Mountcastle, Anthony Santander and Jordan Westburg homered, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-3 on Friday night.

Baltimore leads the majors with 98 home runs. The Orioles had lost the final two games of a four-game set at Toronto, but still won for the 11th time in 15 games.

Cole Irvin (6-2) allowed three runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. Craig Kimbrel, the third Baltimore reliever, worked the ninth to get his 14th save in 17 chances.

Tampa Bay, which had won three in a row, got a solo homer from Jose Siri in the second.

After getting hit by a first-inning pitch from Aaron Civale (2-5), Mountcastle put Baltimore ahead 4-2 with an opposite-field, 333-foot two-run homer down the right-field line in the fifth. Mountcastle is 7 for 11 with three homers and seven RBIs overall against the right-hander.

Westburg extended the lead to 6-3 with a two-run shot off Chris Devenski in the eighth. It was his 10th homer of the season, joining Gunnar Henderson, Adley Rutschman, Santander and Mountcastle among Orioles in double digits. No other team has more than three players with at least 10 longballs.

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Santander had a solo homer during a two-run second. He has gone deep six times over his last 14 games.

The Rays got an unearned run in the sixth, but left fielder Colton Cowser preserved the Orioles' 4-3 lead with a running catch on Jose Caballero's two-out liner with runners on second and third.

Civale gave up four runs and seven hits over five innings in a 105-pitch outing.


Orioles: OF Austin Hays, hit in the ribs by a pitch Thursday, was out of the lineup. X-rays were negative. ... INF Jorge Mateo (concussion protocol) is increasing his on-field work.

Rays: Ace Shane McClanahan (Tommy John surgery) is throwing out to 120 feet. The lefty won't be back until next year. ... SS Taylor Walls (right hip surgery) was reinstated from the 60-day IL and had two hits. OF Harold Ramirez was designated for assignment. ... LHP Jeffrey Springs (Tommy John surgery) struck out three in one scoreless inning for the rookie-level FCL Rays in his first start since being shut down due to lat discomfort on May 25.


Orioles RHP Kyle Bradish (1-0, 3.18 ERA) and Rays RHP Taj Bradley (1-3, 5.81 ERA) are Saturday's starters.



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