Tampa Bay hits four home runs in a blowout at Cam­den Yards

The Washington Post Sunday - - BASEBALL - BY PETER SCHMUCK

bal­ti­more — Every­body knows some­thing is go­ing on with this year’s base­balls, and fans at Ori­ole Park got a look at the sup­pos­edly juiced ball in ac­tion Satur­day, though not in a way that was par­tic­u­larly grat­i­fy­ing.

It was the Tampa Bay Rays who pep­pered the outer reaches of Cam­den Yards with four home runs on the way to a rain-de­layed 10-3 vic­tory be­fore 28,346 that pushed the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles to the brink of a three-game sweep.

First base­man Lo­gan Mor­ri­son home­red in each of his first two at-bats, with the sec­ond one land­ing on Eutaw Street, and Fri­day night hero Steven Souza Jr. fol­lowed Mor­ri­son’s sec­ond homer with a moon shot that nearly hit the Chevro­let sign be­hind the up­per bullpen in cen­ter field.

The chief vic­tim of Satur­day af­ter­noon’s me­teor shower was the nor­mally de­pend­able Dy­lan Bundy (8-7), who had not given up more than two homers in any game this sea­son be­fore this one. The power show con­tin­ued in the fifth when Wil­son Ramos hit his sec­ond homer of the year onto the up­per level of the bullpen in cen­ter off re­liever Alec Asher.

“The long ball got me in trou­ble to­day ob­vi­ously,” Bundy said. “Just pitches right down the mid­dle or pitches that were up in the zone that they were able to ham­mer to­day. Tough game plan. They came out swing­ing the bats early. I tried to man­age it, but I wasn’t able to to­day.”

The Ori­oles’ ro­ta­tion has suf­fered from an epi­demic of high pitch counts all sea­son, but Bundy had been largely im­mune un­til the past few weeks. He slogged through a three-run first in­ning, gave up the back-to-back homers in the third and ex­ited af­ter the fourth just one pitch short of 100.

Through his first 14 starts he had pitched at least five in­nings in ev­ery out­ing. In his past three starts, he has made it through five just once and al­lowed 14 runs in just 151/3 in­nings.

Man­ager Buck Showal­ter said he thinks fa­tigue has been a fac­tor. He has been try­ing to carve out more rest for Bundy and said he will give him an ex­tended breather around the all-star break.

“I thought he was go­ing to get on the horse there af­ter that sec­ond in­ning,” Showal­ter said. “He came out and pitched well, but he el­e­vated some balls he usu­ally doesn’t el­e­vate. Prob­a­bly a lit­tle strong early on. It looked like he was go­ing to cor­ral it, but they’re do­ing a lot of things right right now.”

The Ori­oles (39-41) could have pro­vided him a lit­tle more sup­port against Rays starter Jake Odorizzi, who strug­gled with his com­mand and needed 78 pitches to get through the first three in­nings, yet al­lowed just one run over that span. The Ori­oles did not get their first solid hit un­til Jonathan Schoop hit a two-run homer off Odorizzi in the fifth, and by that time they were trail­ing 8-1.

MITCHELL LAY­TON/ASSOCIATED PRESS

For­mer Na­tional Wil­son Ramos points to the sky af­ter launch­ing a three-run home run, one of four Rays homers, in the fifth in­ning.

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