These Orioles have heart...they battled back and fell just short in a 9-8 loss to the Rays on Sunday afternoon.
Down 7-1 in the third inning, the Birds were a timely hit away from a walk-off win in the ninth inning. With one run already in and runners on second and third, Matt Wieters grounded out to end the threat, and the comeback attempt. But the O's were never out of this game, which had "blowout" written all over it early on...
Jake Arrieta turned in the worst performance of his career, allowing seven runs on ten hits and two walks in just 3 2/3 innings. The 'pen bailed Jake out, keeping the Rays off the board until Troy Patton surrendered back-to-back solo homers in the eighth. Those were the only hits Patton allowed over three innings of work, but it proved to be too much to overcome.
The Birds still took two of three from the Rays and are ahead of them in the standings by a full game. The Yankees come to town for a two-game set before the O's hit the road again...Jason Hammel takes the mound on Monday night.