Throughout most of the season thus far it has been the Baltimore Orioles offense that has carried the load, along with the bullpen, but last night Rays starting pitcher Matt Moore kept the Orioles bats in check as the Tampa Bay Rays took game two of the series 6-2.
Tied at two in the top of the fourth inning, Orioles starting pitcher Chris Tillman (0-1) had a chance to keep the momentum on Baltimore's side after the offense had just tied the game in the bottom of the third, but he proceeded to allow two runs on a soft line drive by James Loney to centerfield that Adam Jones thought he had a chance to make a shoe string grab, but the ball bounced in front of him and got by Jones to allow two runs to score.
Prior to the Loney hit, Shelley Duncan singled up the middle with Evan Longoria on second and Jones, instead of hitting the cutoff man, threw it all the way to the plate allowing Duncan to go to second to put men on second and third with one out, rather than keeping the double play in order. The fourth was a tough inning defensively for Jones.
Tillman once again struggled with his command a bit as he threw five innings, while allowing four runs on six hits, two walks and six strikeouts. The case once again for Tillman was inconsistency and the inability to locate his fastball. Several times throughout the night you saw Tillman throw his fastball to the opposite side of the plate that Matt Wieters was set up on. Tillman surrendered two home runs in the start as well, both solo homers, one in the first and one in the second inning. Much like we could say about Jake Arrieta, even though Tillman was struggling, he still gave his team a chance to win the game, but both he and Arrieta are going to have to give more for this team to be successful.
Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the third with a man on first, Jones hit a hard shot to left center field that appeared to bounce off the top of the wall and bounce back into play, but upon further review it was deemed, and correctly I might add, a two run home run for Jones, his second of the season. That would be all the offense the Orioles would muster, however, as Baltimore got just five hits in the game. Although the Orioles did score the first two runs that Matt Moore (3-0) has given up all season, they could not figure him out. Moore threw 6 2/3 innings, while allowing just the two runs on five hits, three walks and he struck out seven.
Jones led the way offensively going 1-4 with the homer and two RBI, while Nick Markakis, Chris Davis, Alexi Casilla and Wieters each recorded a hit.
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