Four homers off Archer lead O's over Rays

Four homers off Archer lead O's over Rays

BALTIMORE -- Backed by four solo home runs, the Orioles (4-0) ran their season-opening winning streak to four with Friday's 6-1 win over the Rays (2-3).

Baltimore got on the board with Chris Davis' solo shot in the second inning off Rays starter Chris Archer. Archer gave up a blast in the fifth to Jonathan Schoop, and two outs later, Nolan Reimold and Manny Machado went deep back-to-back. Matt Wieters also drove in a pair of runs off Archer, who lasted five innings.

"There's no beating around the bush about this lineup," Machado said. "We have, I think, eight of the nine guys who can hit 20 homers -- and have done it in the past. ... But we're just going to have to play baseball. It's there. Everybody knows the lineup we have."

Orioles starter Chris Tillman, who surrendered a solo blast to Evan Longoria in the first inning, held Tampa Bay to just one run over his five innings.

Tillman gets out of a jam

Here comes the homers: An Orioles lineup touted this spring for its power is starting to deliver. Davis went yard for the second time in four games, while the fifth-inning fireworks from Schoop, Reimold and Machado -- who has also hit two this season -- showcased how deep Baltimore's lineup truly is.

"It's fun any time the Orioles hit a homer," Tillman said from his dugout perch. "I enjoy it every time, especially off a guy like [Archer]. It's tough to do. He's real good. He came out strong and we kind of had to wait him out a little bit. He made some mistakes later in the game that we were able to capitalize on."

Archer's streak continues: Archer allowed six runs on 10 hits, two walks and a wild pitch while striking out five. In taking his second loss of the season, he saw his winless streak roll to a career-long eight games and his ERA swell to 7.20. He has not recorded a win since Aug. 31, when he picked up his 12th and final win of 2015 after pitching six scoreless innings against the Orioles in Baltimore.

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Archer's gets out of jam

What a relief: An O's bullpen that has been relied on heavily this season, mostly due to rain delays, again did the job on Friday. The relievers picked up four innings and were led by left-hander T.J. McFarland's three scoreless frames.

"I really wanted to get Mac on the field. I thought Mac did a great job," manager Buck Showalter said. "What did he face, 10 hitters? He was pretty impressive."

Longoria likes Tillman: Longoria homered for the first time this season against Tillman in the first. The Orioles right-hander is a Longoria favorite. He's now homered seven times against Tillman, making him Longoria's most frequent home run victim. CC Sabathia is second, having surrendered six home runs to Longoria.

Wieters' RBI single

"We'll take this win and move on from here. It's pretty early to worry about the record, but we'll come here tomorrow, weather permitting, and go from there." -- Wieters, on the 4-0 start

The Orioles are one win shy of matching their best start to the season (5-0), which last happened in 1970.

Rays: Drew Smyly will try to get the Rays back on track Saturday at 7:05 p.m. ET when he makes his second start of the season. The left-hander allowed three home runs against the Blue Jays on Monday night. He has never lost in eight career appearances against the Orioles.

Orioles: Mike Wright will make his season debut on Saturday night. The righty, on his first Opening Day roster, will face Smyly for the 7:05 p.m. game at Camden Yards.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. Bill Chastain is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.