ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Jorge Mateo had a career-high five hits, Adley Rutschman and Cedric Mullins each homered off the Tropicana Field catwalk, and the Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 10-3 on Friday night.
Rougned Odor had four of the Orioles’ 19 hits as Baltimore won for the eighth time in 10 games and moved into an AL wild-card spot, a half-game ahead of the Rays.
The Orioles also got three hits apiece from Mullins and Anthony Santander. Austin Voth (3-1) took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning and won his second straight start for Baltimore.
By the time Jose Siri got the Rays’ first hit leading off the sixth, the Orioles had a 7-0 lead. Randy Arozarena followed with his 14th homer for Tampa Bay, which has lost four of five.
Rutschman, the Orioles’ prized rookie catcher, homered in the first off Corey Kluber (7-7). Mullins’ 10th homer came in the eighth off Jimmy Yacabonis.
Voth, who was claimed off waivers from Washington on June 7, gave up two runs on three hits in a season-high 5 1/3 innings.
Kluber was charged with seven runs on 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings
Mateo, who drove in two runs and scored twice, also contributed a fine defensive play at shortstop in the fourth, barely throwing out Brandon Lowe on a toss from his gloved hand.
Second baseman Yu Chang pitched for the Rays in the ninth, giving up one run on three hits. His velocity ranged from a low of 37 mph to a high of 45 mph.
Orioles: RHP Tyler Wells, who has missed three starts with a left oblique strain, has “ramped up his rehab,” manager Brandon Hyde said.
Rays: Switch-hitting SS Wander Franco (right hamate fracture) told manager Kevin Cash he still feels some discomfort swinging right-handed. Franco, who last played on July 10, and OF Harold Ramirez (right thumb fracture) will take batting practice in the next few days and be re-evaluated.
The Orioles haven’t announced a starter for Saturday but have promoted left-hander DL Hall, the team’s first-round draft pick in 2017, from Triple-A Norfolk, and he is expected to make his major league debut. Shane McClanahan (10-5, 2.24 ERA), who is 4-0 against Baltimore, starts for Tampa Bay.
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