Now, the Orioles have to worry about Jason Hammel again.In his second start since missing nearly two months with an injury to his right knee, Hammel hastily left Tuesday nights game when he reinjured the knee in the fourth inning.Sans Hammel, the Orioles went to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 9-2 before 23,828 at Oriole Park.The Orioles (79-62) began the night a game behind AL East-leading New York. Tampa Bay (77-64) is two games behind Baltimore Hammel took a 3-1 lead to the fourth. He got the first two outs, walked Evan Longoria before his knee buckled and was hustled out of the game.Later, it was announced that Hammel had sustained a right knee injury.Hammel was relieved by Steve Johnson (3-0), who threw a scoreless 1 13 innings to pick up the win.In the first, Adam Jones walked with two outs and scored from first when Tampa Bay right fielder Matt Joyce bobbled Matt Wieters single.Ryan Roberts fourth home run in the top of the third temporarily tied the score. It was the only hit Hammel allowed.J.J. Hardys 20th home run, a two-run shot off Matt Moore (10-10) in the bottom of the third gave Baltimore a 3-1 lead.Wieters two-run double against Blake Badenhop upped the advantage to 5-1 in the fifth.Hardys third hit, an RBI single made it 6-1 in the sixth, and Chris Davis 25th home run, an opposite-field shot gave Baltimore its seventh run.Luis Ayala followed Johnson with 1 13 scoreless, and Brian Matusz retired the two batters he faced.Through seven, the Rays had just two hits, but Elliot Johnson led off the top of the eighth with his sixth home run off Darren ODay to make it 7-2.Hardys second home run of the game, a two-run shot, in the eighth gave him five RBIs and padded the lead to seven runs.NOTES:-Chris Tillman threw in the bullpen on Tuesday afternoon. He said it went well, and hes ready to pitch. Tillman hasnt pitched since Sept. 2 when he left a start in New York after three innings with a tender elbow.The Orioles havent chosen a starter for Thursday afternoon and manager Buck Showalter says he has three or four candidates to start.-Troy Patton (sprained right ankle) threw on the side on Monday, will again on Wednesday and is scheduled to throw batting practice on Friday in Sarasota, Fla.-Jim Thome (herniated disc) will take batting practice in the cage on Wednesday in Sarasota, Fla.If Patton and Thome progress, they can have their rehab assignments in the Instructional League. -Miguel Gonzalez (6-4, 3,62) and Alex Cobb (9-8, 4.28) are Wednesdays pitchers.
Hammel reinjures knee, but Orioles beat Rays 9-2
September 12, 2012, 2:16 am