Brad Miller and C.J. Cron homered off former teammate Alex Cobb, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles 10-3 on Saturday night to earn a doubleheader split and snap a five-game losing streak.
In the opener, Orioles right-hander David Hess pitched six effective innings in his major league debut and Jonathan Schoop hit two home runs in a 6-3 victory.
Recalled from Triple-A Norfolk to serve as the 26th man in the single-admission doubleheader, Hess (1-0) gave up three runs and six hits, walking none and striking out three.
In the nightcap, the Rays 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.
Mallex Smith had three hits and three RBIs for the Rays, and Wilson Ramos extended his hitting streak to 18 games with a ninth-inning single.
Manager Kevin Cash went deep into his pitching staff, beginning with starter Matt Andriese, who usually works out of the bullpen. Sergio Romo (1-0), the second of seven Tampa Bay pitchers, got the win.
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.
In the opener, 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.”
It’s quite possible Hess earned himself an extended stay with the big league club.
“David presented himself well,” manager Buck Showalter said. “We’ll see what best serves us.”
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. “I’ve got to be better early in the count.”
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 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.
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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