Hess wins debut, Orioles beat Rays 6-3 in twin bill opener
BALTIMORE (AP) After David Hess enjoyed an unforgettable afternoon, the Tampa Bay Rays closed out a long day with an overdue victory.
Turns out, the Rays and Baltimore Orioles both had reason to smile Saturday night after playing two games and enduring a lengthy rain delay.
In the opener, Hess pitched six effective innings for Baltimore in his major league debut and Jonathan Schoop hit two home runs in a 6-3 victory.
”Obviously, we needed to win a game,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. ”The way it’s been going, it was easy to get frustrated. But credit the guys for getting another early lead and having some good at-bats.”
Tampa Bay scored a run in each of the first four innings against Cobb (0-5) and led 4-1 in the sixth when a thunderstorm stopped play for 1 hour, 19 minutes.
Baltimore ultimately cut the gap on an RBI single by Trey Mancini, who also homered in the first inning . But Tampa Bay pulled away, ending the Orioles’ season-high winning streak at four games.
Cobb spent six years with the Rays before signing with Baltimore this past offseason as a free agent. Two of his five defeats have come against Tampa Bay.
”All in all, it worked out,” Cash said.
The same can be for Hess (1-0) in his first big league game. Recalled from Triple-A Norfolk to serve as the 26th man in the single-admission doubleheader, the right-hander gave up three runs and six hits, walking none and striking out three.
Pitching on just three days’ rest, Hess found himself in a three-run hole after facing four batters in the top of the first inning.
The 24-year-old ended his outing with five innings of two-hit ball.
”I can’t really even put it into words. It’s an experience you literally dream about since you were a kid,” gushed Hess, a 2014 fifth-round pick. ”It definitely has been everything and more than I hoped it would be.”
He was sent back to the minors late Saturday night, because Baltimore can’t use him as a starter until late next week.
”But he’s eligible to come back any time as soon as he gets his rest,” manager Buck Showalter said.
Mychal Givens worked 1 2/3 innings for his first career save.
Chris Archer (2-3) went seven innings, allowing six runs and seven hits – including a season-high three homers.
”You know, they were ultra-aggressive today. I gave up three first-pitch home runs,” Archer said.
After Matt Duffy homered to stake the Rays to a 3-0 lead , Baltimore tied it with a three-run second.
In the third, Machado hit his 13th home run, tying Boston’s Mookie Betts for the most in the majors. Schoop connected on the next pitch for a 5-3 lead.
The early game was the makeup of a rainout on April 24.
Royals: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (elbow) will throw a bullpen session on Tuesday, Cash said.
Orioles: DH Pedro Alvarez was held out of both games with a hamstring strain, an injury sustained Thursday night. … OF Colby Rasmus (hip) may soon be ready for a rehab assignment.
Tampa Bay also sent back its 26th player, left-hander Anthony Banda.
Brendan McKay, a two-way prospect with the Rays, has been promoted from low Class A to high Class A. The 22-year-old 1B/LHP will move from Bowling Green to Charlotte on Monday.
Selected fourth overall in the 2017 MLB draft, McKay was batting .254 with 16 RBIs through 21 games, and was 2-0 with a 1.09 ERA.
”It would be fair to say there are a lot of people in the organization who are very excited about him,” Cash said.
Rays: Blake Snell (4-2, 2.40 ERA) starts the series finale Sunday. He has allowed five hits or fewer in a club-record 12 consecutive starts.
Orioles: Dylan Bundy (1-5, 5.31) seeks to turn around a string of three straight starts in which he’s allowed a collective 22 runs over nine innings.
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