BALTIMORE (CBS) The Baltimore Orioles snapped Tampa Bay’s five-game win streak Tuesday night, defeating the Rays 4-2 to push them further behind Boston in the AL Wild Card race.
The O’s won on a late two-run homer given up by J.P Howell after David Price put in 6 2/3 innings of work with four hits and one earned run allowed.
The Rays were down 1-0 through the first five innings, when Evan Longoria shifted the momentum with a tw0-run jack to put Tampa Bay up 2-1 in the sixth.
Baltimore remained persistent and tagged Price for a run in the seventh to tie the game at two apiece. The momentum Longoria provided would be short-lived. In baseball, your luck can change quickly in a short amount of time, and the Rays fell victim to this cruel occurrence Tuesday night.
Matt Wieters homered off Howell in the eighth to break the deadlock and put the O’s up by two runs. Tampa Bay would not be able to bounce back, and the fans in Boston can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that the Rays are now a comfortable four games behind them in the Wild Card hunt.
Every game is crucial for the Rays at this point in the season, and the four-game series starting Thursday at Fenway Park will ultimately decide the fate of this team down the stretch.