Odor homers in 13th, Orioles finally beat Rays, 8-6

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Rougned Odor of the Baltimore Orioles, center, is doused after hitting a two-run home run in the 13th inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Friday, May 20, 2022, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Rougned Odor hit a two-run homer in the 13th inning and the Baltimore Orioles snapped a 15-game losing streak against the Tampa Bay Rays with an 8-6 victory Friday night.

The Orioles’ last win over Tampa Bay was July 19 at Tropicana Field, and Baltimore hadn’t beaten the Rays at home since Sept. 20, 2020. The 15-game streak had been the longest active winning streak against a single opponent in the majors.

“It’s a long season, it’s only the beginning for now,” Odor said. “I believe in myself and I believe I’m going to be really good at the end of the season. I just have to keep playing and keep trying to help my team win and keep playing hard.”

The Rays appeared to take the lead in the 13th against Nick Vespi (1-0) on a Kevin Kiermaier single, but Wander Franco was ruled out at the plate on a pitch from left fielder Austin Hays after a review.

“Vespi was outstanding,” Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said. “He threw a ton of punches. He has the cutter and the curve ball and they had bad swings on it. So I’m happy for him and his debut to have won the extra innings.

In the bottom half, Ramon Urias suffered a sacrificial bunt before Odor hit a 1-1 shot by Ralph Garza (0-1) downfield from the flag in right field.

“It’s baseball,” Garza said. “The only thing we can do is try to bounce back tomorrow.”

The Rays took a 5-3 lead in the 10th on a brace from Brett Phillips and a Yandy Díaz single over Bryan Baker.

Matt Wisler came on for Tampa Bay and charged with a pair of walks before Anthony Santander tied the game with a double. Wisler came out of the jam with a pair of grounders and a popup.

Santander hit a game-winning three-run homer Thursday night in a 9-6 win over the Yankees.

Randy Arozarena, who went 4-for-5, hit a field single against Dillon Tate in the 11th. Cionel Pérez came in for Baltimore and allowed an RBI single to Kiermaier that gave the Rays a 6-5 lead.

“Looking at them the last few years, they’re not far off from competing,” Kiermaier said of the Orioles.

The Orioles again tied the game at 11th on Hays’ RBI single against Ryan Thompson.

Trey Mancini went 2 for 4 with an RBI for the Orioles, who have won two in a row after losing six in a row. Mancini has reached base in 14 straight games.

Orioles starter Tyler Wells gave up 11 straight before Arozarena hit a field single in the fifth. After Isaac Paredes walked, Mike Zunino hit a commanding shot that deflected off the left-field foul post, giving the Rays a 3-0 lead.

The Orioles took advantage of a few mistakes by the Rays to get back into the game. A wild pitch from Brooks Raley allowed Tyler Nevin to score from the third. Left fielder Arozarena’s error on a Robinson Chirinos flyball cut the lead to 3-2.

Both runs were charged to reliever Ryan Yarbrough.

JP Feyereisen came in and allowed a hit to Mancini which tied the game at three.

“Any loss is frustrating,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “That’s kind of how I see it.”

MOVING THE LIST

Orioles: LHP Logan Allen cleared outright waivers and was assigned to Triple-A Norfolk.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rays: Manuel Margot (straight hamstring strain) has traveled with the squad and is looking to join the roster early next week, Cash said.

Orioles: 1B Ryan Mountcastle (left wrist, forearm) has practiced batting and should be back in the lineup on Saturday. … RHP Travis Lakins (right elbow inflammation) has had his optional assignment at Triple-A Norfolk canceled and is placed on the 10-day disabled list.

NEXT​​

Rays: LHP Jeffrey Springs (1-1, 1.66 ERA) will make his third start since being brought up from the bullpen.

Orioles: RHP Kyle Bradish (1-2, 5.06) will make his fifth career start and his first against Tampa Bay.

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