BALTIMORE (AP) — Randy Arozarena hitting a pair of home runs, Jeffrey Springs kicked the white ball in the sixth inning and the Tampa Bay Stingrays ruined the beginnings of Baltimore Orioles top prospect Adley Rutschman with a 6-1 win on Saturday night.
The switch-hitting Rutschman was the No. 1 pick in the 2019 draft and is ranked baseball’s No. 1 prospect by MLB Pipeline. He hit sixth and had a standing hat-trick in seventh for his first major league hit. Rutschman went 1 for 3 with one strikeout and one walk.
Springs (2-1) made his third start since being lifted from the bullpen. He was dominant and allowed only one hit with seven strikeouts and four walks in 5 2/3 innings.
On Friday night, the Rays rode a 15-game winning streak against Baltimore, which had been the longest against a single opponent in club history. Tampa Bay is still 22-2 against the Orioles since the start of 2021 and has outscored them 177-84 during that streak.
Arozarena is batting .413 (38 for 92) with 11 home runs and 25 RBIs in 23 career games against Baltimore. Three of his five career multi-homer games have come against the Orioles.
Kevin Kiermaier went 3-for-4 with a homer for the Rays, who won three of four.
from Baltimore Trey Mancini went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in the eighth against Ralph Garza Jr. and reached base for 15 straight games.
Arozarena gave the Rays a 2-0 lead with a two-run homer in the first against Orioles rookie Kyle Bradish (1-3). He connected again with a solo shot in the fourth on the left-field wall for his fourth homer of the season.
Bradish allowed five runs and five hits with five strikeouts and two walks in 5 1/3 innings.
Kiermaier’s solo shot in the eighth made the lead 6-0. It was his fifth of the year.
Rutschman joined Matt Wieters and Manny Machado as the only Orioles players to triple for their first major league hit.
Orioles: RHP Mike Baumann recalled from Triple-A Norfolk, and option RHP Logan Gillaspie and LHP Nick Vespi at the tides.
Rays: Take a walk Franco faced a right quad injury and was ruled out of training. He also suffers from other lower body injuries. “Every part of both legs bothers him,” manager Kevin Cash said. … Yandy Díaz was slow to recover after scoring a run in the sixth and had to leave the game with an undisclosed injury.
Orioles: INF Ryan Mountcastle (left wrist, forearm) was reinstated from the 10-day IL and was the DH.
Spokes: RHP Corey Kluber (1-2, 4.29) is 5-1 with a 2.94 ERA in 11 career starts against Baltimore.
Orioles: HPR Spenser Watkins (0-1, 5.10) is in his fifth career outing against Tampa Bay. He pitched five innings and allowed six runs and seven hits in his last start against Tampa Bay on Aug. 29.
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