S.D. Petersburg, Fla .: Austin Meadows hit two outs, two runs in the ninth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 on Wednesday.
Randy Arosarena scored two home runs and had a key single as he won the race for the 10th time in 13 games. He put an end to the 21-game home run drought that beat Baltimore 9-3 on Tuesday nights.
Tampa Bay went behind when Francisco Meja led the ninth game with a single run against Danner Scott (3-4) and pinch-hitter Mike Junino.
Arosarena then made an expansion to the right, with first paceman Ryan Mountcase and second paceman Pat Valaika colliding.
After Vidal Bruze was out, Meadows lined up 0-2 on the pitch.
Colin McHugh (3-1) served in two unbeaten innings.
Alexander Wells allowed three runs and five wins over 5 2/3 innings as he filled in for Baltimore starter Keegan Akin on the COVID-19 injury list.
Wells made his first career start and third appearance overall, scoring seven runs and walking two off 93 pitches. The left-hander became the 13th Australian-born player to make a big league start in third place with the Orioles.
In addition to Akin, offfielder Anthony Santander is also in the Kovil-19 IL.
Mounted hit a solo homer in fourth place. He stopped Baltimore 4-3 in the sixth inning RBI single with Matt Whistler.
Valaika had a solo home run, which was the second of his year and was built from May 5 to No. 2 in the third.
Baltimore’s Austin Hayes had a first-inning RBI double before Arosarena merged with a Leadoff Homer at the bottom of the inning.
In fifth place Arosarenas pulled the rays even at the second solo homer 3.
Race starter Michael Vachcha gave up three runs and six wins in five innings.
Other Australian-born pitchers starting Baltimore are RHP John Stephens and LHP Damien Moss.
Orioles: C Austin Vince tapped his mask on Arosarena’s swing in seventh place. He stayed in the game.
Rays: Manuel Margot (left femoral strain) will start rehab work from the starting lineup for the second straight game with Junino (left hip flexion) Triple-A Durham over the next two days. RHP JP Feyereisen (right shoulder ascariasis) went to IL for 10 days and RHP Chris Massa was recalled from Triple-A Durham.
Orioles: RHP George Elbe (2-12) will start Friday night’s game against Washington.
Rays: RHP Luis Patio (1-2) has been added to the taxi squad from Triple-A Durham to face Cleveland on Thursday night.
We want him to get started, said Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash about the 21 – year – old patio. He did good things at Triple-A. A young pitcher found a way to give him a little way, he made a path for us to leave here, tomorrow is the beginning of it.
The RHP for the Indians starts in the quarter (2-2).
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