Rickard hits tiebreaking double in 9th, Orioles top Rays 8-5

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The Baltimore Orioles have split their last six games when allowing three or less runs.

Ubaldo Jimenez - 9 earned runs in 2 1/3 innings - and the Orioles were pummeled 15-5 by the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday. This meant that they tied the 1924 Philadelphia Phillies for the most consecutive games allowing five or more runs. Baltimore went 6-14 over the stretch. Relievers Donnie Hart and Mychal Givens combined to keep the Rays scoreless over the final two innings. As a result, the third-place Rays find themselves just 2.5-games off the pace of the joint-division leading Yankees and Red Sox as they prepare to host the Orioles. "He did a nice job kind of quieting our hot bats".

He matched his season high with eight strikeouts, and though he walked four, Bundy scattered just five hits. "At the end of the day, their lineup, especially the bottom of the lineup, caused a lot of damage". Shortstop Paul Janish had the team's league-low fifth sacrifice bunt in the second inning, but it proved fruitless.

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Mitch Moreland hit a solo homer for the Red Sox, who lost for only the third time in their last 13 home games.

The Rays got four RBIs each from Evan Longoria and Peterson, who was called up before the game and had a two-run home run.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Jason Vargas earned his major league-leading 11th victory, pitching seven efficient innings to lead surging Kansas City over Toronto. Norris, potentially being designated for assignment this weekend, had three hits, including a two-run home run. Troy Tulowitzki and Pillar homered off Vargas.

Olson, Brugman and Barreto became the second trio of teammates to hit their first home runs in the same game, the Elias Sports Bureau said.

Urena (6-2) won his fifth straight decision. He gave up two unearned runs in six innings. "You come out and walk the first two guys, it doesn't bode well".

The Rays jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the first three innings and reset their season high for scoring, getting home runs from Derek Norris, Shane Peterson and Logan Morrison.

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Minnesota used five pitchers in the win.

The game remained even into the seventh inning.

SAN FRANCISCO - Jacob deGrom pitched eight strong innings and Wilmer Flores hit a home run and drove in two runs as NY defeated San Francisco. They have still won five of their last seven, 11 of their last 17.

ST. LOUIS - Jordy Mercer and Josh Harrison homered and starter Gerrit Cole pitched six innings, lifting Pittsburgh.

The Orioles fell to 6-14 over a dubious stretch that's seen them allow 10 or more runs six times. But Chatwood has been Kershaw-like in June, with a 1.73 ERA in his four starts. Since then, he has reeled off three solid starts. Diaz struck out Jonathan Schoop and got Adam Jones grounded to second but Mark Trumbo delivered a 2-RBI double and came into score on Trey Mancini's 2-run homer to give the Orioles a 7-3 lead. Odorizzi is 3-4 with a 5.15 ERA and 54 strikeouts in his career against the Orioles.

Nationals outfielder Brian Goodwin hit two homers, and went three for four with a pair of walks, runs and RBIs.

MIAMI - Jon Lester gave up a three-run homer to J.T. Realmuto in the first inning and then settled down to help Chicago beat Miami.

The real business went down in the later innings. Wade Miley has a 7.94 ERA in five starts this month.

Wade Davis completed the four-hitter with a 1-2-3 ninth for his 15th save. The closer could return July 5. Taylor added a solo shot in the sixth. Odorizzi has had his moments this season and has an ERA of 3.22 at home. But it hit the top of the center-field wall and bounced over.

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