Flipping The Birds

Rays 6, Orioles 3 : Flipping The Birds – Kevin Kiermaier homers to give the Rays the lead in the 6th & they never look back, win their 3rd game in a row & gain some ground in the AL East. Hanser Alberto singles home a run in the 4th & Pedro Severino provides another in a 2-run 6th as Rio Ruiz adds a pinch hit single to give the O’s the lead. Ryne Stanek opens & goes 2 innings before Ryan Yarbrough goes the next 5 in relief but the Rays still use 7 pitchers on the night.
Making his major league debut, Thomas Eshelman allows 2 1st inning runs on RBI singles by Ji-Man Choi & Avisail Garcia. He then settles down the rest of the way, retiring 12 of 14 hitters before leaving but Kiermaier blasts a 3-run shot (#10) off of Branden Kline to put Tampa Bay ontop for good. Kline was optioned back to Triple A Norfolk after the game.
Baltimore has now lost 14 of thier last 18. Game 2 is tonight.
Bal (24-60) TB (49-36)
WP : Kolarek (3-2)
LP : Kline (1-4)
S : Alvarado (7).
GO O’S!!