Orioles go quietly this time in loss to Rays

Orioles go quietly this time in loss to Rays
September 21, 2013, 4:00 pm
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This time, the Orioles went quietly.

After enduring nearly seven hours the night before, the Orioles were held to just five hits by Alex Cobb and fell further behind in the wild-card race on Saturday.

The Tampa Bay Rays beat the Orioles 5-1 at Tropicana Field as Cobb pitched into the ninth inning.

The Orioles (81-73) now trail Cleveland by 3 1/2 games for the second wild-card spot. Not only are they behind the Rays and Indians, but now trail Texas and New York and are tied with Kansas City. 

Desmond Jennings hit a three-run home run off Miguel Gonzalez in the fifth. It was Jennings’ 14th of the season.

Gonzalez (10-8) allowed three runs on two hits. He walked five and struck out two in six innings.

Tampa Bay (85-69) scored two run off Francisco Rodriguez in the seventh on triples by Yunel Escobar and Jennings. Ben Zobrist knocked in Jennings with the fifth run.

Cobb (10-3) held the Orioles hitless until the fifth when Steve Clevenger singled. Nick Markakis and Nate McLouth  had the only other hits until Chris Davis’ ninth-inning triple.

Rays left fielder David DeJesus lost Davis’ ball in the Tropicana Field roof. Davis scored on Adam Jones’ single.

Cobb struck out 12 and walked two, both in the first inning, in 8 1/3 innings.