Rays squash ninth-inning rally to eliminate O's

Rays squash ninth-inning rally to eliminate O's

BALTIMORE -- Jake Odorizzi tossed the Rays' sixth consecutive quality start and the bullpen survived a late scare in a 9-6 victory over the Orioles on Saturday night at Camden Yards.

The Rays' win, combined with a Twins' victory earlier in the night, mathematically eliminated the Orioles from postseason contention. The Rays remain five games back from the second American League Wild Card spot.

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Tampa Bay entered the bottom of the ninth with a 9-1 lead after four runs in its half of the frame, but had to turn to closer Alex Colome after the Orioles cut their lead to three. Colome coaxed Trey Mancini to fly out for his 46th save, which gave Odorizzi the win after he allowed one unearned run on three hits and struck out nine over six innings.

Colome earns the save

"The changeup was a big key tonight," Odorizzi said. "I was able to throw it effectively, get a lot of good movement on it. It's something that's kind of been hit or miss all year this year, so it was nice to have one of my major weapons back. I used it to my advantage tonight."

Lucas Duda provided the majority of the offensive damage early for the Rays with one swing of the bat in the third inning, sending a 3-2 pitch over the right-field wall for a three-run blast that broke the team's single-season record for most home runs with 217, and gave the Rays a 3-1 lead. O's starter Jeremy Hellickson allowed three runs on four hits through six innings in his first career start against his former team.

Hellickson K's Souza Jr.

"Duda's always given me trouble," Hellickson said. "I made seven or eight good pitches and then the mistake I make, he doesn't miss."

In the top of the seventh, Wilson Ramos laced an RBI single to right field before Brad Miller brought in a run on a sacrifice fly to center. The Rays blew the game open in the ninth after Logan Morrison added the team's 218th home run with a laser to right-center field and Miller and Adeiny Hechavarria knocked in runs on a ground-rule double and a single to right, respectively.

Morrison's solo home run

The Orioles picked up a run in the first inning after Duda committed the team's first error in its last six games -- after the team had 15 errors in the previous 13 games -- on Adam Jones' infield single that allowed Jonathan Schoop to score from second.

Schoop scores on error

Orioles shortstop Tim Beckham left the game in the ninth inning with an apparent right hamstring injury, and manager Buck Showalter said Beckham was doubtful for Sunday's game.

Beckham exits with injury

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Duda's dinger: With runners on first and third with two outs in the third inning, Duda drilled the ninth pitch of his at-bat over the right-field wall, giving the Rays a 3-1 lead. The slugger's homer was his 30th of the year, which tied his career high and broke the club's record for most home runs in a season with 217.

Duda belts his 30th homer

"I wasn't actually aware of [the record], but it's nice," Duda said. "I guess it's just about luck. That's all it's about."

Machado's costly error: After Orioles reliever Richard Bleier hit Steven Souza Jr. to put a runner on first with one out in the seventh, Corey Dickerson served a routine grounder to Manny Machado at third base. The ball uncharacteristically went under Machado's glove for his 14th error of the season to put runners at first and with one out. The next two hitters, Ramos and Miller, plated runs. to put Tampa Bay up, 5-1.

QUOTABLE
"[Morrison] used Wilson Ramos' bat [on the home run]. He changed bats. Then Dickerson went up with the bat and got a hit, then Brad Miller went up and got a double, so Wilson Ramos' bat was pretty hot tonight." -- Rays manager Kevin Cash, on Morrison's ninth-inning home run

"We've all [had] tunnel vision trying to win as many games in a row as we can and see where it takes us." -- Showalter, on his team's playoff elimination

Showalter on 9-6 loss to Rays

WHAT'S NEXT
Rays: Chris Archer will take the mound for the Rays in the series finale against the Orioles at 1:35 p.m. ET on Sunday at Camden Yards. Archer went six innings on Tuesday against the Cubs -- his longest start since Aug. 27 at St. Louis -- snapping a streak of three consecutive starts of four innings or fewer. He has lost four consecutive decisions for the third time in his career.

Orioles: Dylan Bundy starts for the Orioles as they wrap up their home schedule against the Rays. Bundy allowed six runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings Monday night against Boston. After winning five consecutive decisions, Bundy is winless in his last three starts.

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Mandy Bell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore who covered the Rays on Saturday.

Rich Dubroff is a contributor to MLB.com based in Baltimore who covered the Orioles on Saturday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.