Relievers Nuno, Pruitt lead Rays past Orioles 8-3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays' latest bullpen day had a rocky beginning and a strong finish.

Relievers Vidal Nuno and Austin Pruitt combined to throw 8 2/3 scoreless innings, Brad Miller had three RBIs and the Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-3 on Sunday.

Nuno (1-0) and Pruitt followed Sergio Romo, who was charged with three runs in one-third of an inning as the starter as the Rays went with an unconventional pitching lineup for the third consecutive day.

''We got ourselves in a little hole there but I thought we chipped away at it nice,'' Miller said. ''We exploded there, and then Pruitt and Nuno shut it down the rest of the way.''

Nuno worked out of a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the third and gave up three hits and four walks over three scoreless innings.

Pruitt entered in the fourth and limited Baltimore to three hits over the final 5 2/3 innings to get his first save.

''I had one (save) last year that was three innings, but 5 2/3 innings, that's lengthy,'' Pruitt said.

Since the save became an official stat in 1969, only three others have gone at least 5 2/3 innings to get one: Texas' Joaquin Benoit (seven innings, Sept. 3, 2002), Horacio Pena of the Rangers (six innings, April 23, 1972) and Oakland's Bob Locker (5 2/3 innings, August 12, 1970).

Miller's two-run double in third off Kevin Gausman (3-4) tied it at 3. The Rays' advantage grew to 7-3 when Joey Wendle hit an RBI single, Mallex Smith had a run-scoring grounder and Christian Arroyo knocked in a pair with a single.

Miller hit a solo homer in the first. His three RBIs matched his total from the previous 15 games.

''The way we have a lot of guys clicking right now, it's just kind of fun,'' Miller said.

Gausman allowed seven runs, six hits and two walks in 2 2/3 innings for last-place Baltimore, which dropped two of three at Tampa Bay to finish a season-long 11-game trip at 4-7.

''We certainly helped them with a lack of command,'' Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. ''(Gausman) wasn't the only one. All our guys had trouble with lack of command today.''

Nuno came in with the bases loaded and one out in the first and gave up a sacrifice fly to Chris Davis. Chance Sisco walked with the bases loaded before Craig Gentry made it 3-0 on a run-scoring bunt single.

''It's very frustrating,'' Davis said. ''Anytime we score runs early in the game, we expect to win.''

Tampa Bay planned to begin the season by using a four-man rotation and relying on the bullpen on the fifth day. But Nathan Eovaldi got hurt at the end of spring training and Jake Faria went on the disabled list on Wednesday with a strained left oblique.

Romo also started Friday's series opener and four of the Rays' last eight games over a nine-day stretch. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Romo is the first pitcher with four starts in nine days since Claude Osteen of the Chicago White Sox in 1975.

Carlos Gomez had a solo homer in the seventh for the Rays.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: CF Adam Jones got the day off after playing two days on turf. ... OF Mark Trumbo (sore knee) is expected to start Monday against the Nationals.

Rays: 3B Matt Duffy was rested.

MOVING DAY

Tampa Bay recalled RHP Jaime Schultz from Triple-A Durham, taking the spot of LHP Anthony Banda, who was optioned to Durham after going 6 1/3 relief innings in getting the win Saturday.

UP NEXT

Orioles: RHP Alex Cobb (1-6, 7.32 ERA) and Washington LHP Gio Gonzalez (5-2, 2.38) square off Monday in the opener of a three-game series.

Rays: RHP Chris Archer (3-3, 4.68) will face Athletics RHP Trevor Cahill (1-2, 2.75) Monday in the first of four at Oakland. Eovaldi (right elbow surgery) had his first scheduled start since August 10, 2016, with the New York Yankees, pushed back to Wednesday so LHP Blake Snell can follow Archer in the rotation.

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TB25-26
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  • W: V. Nuno (1-0)L: K. Gausman (3-4)S: A. Pruitt (1)
  • HR: TB - C. Gomez (6), B. Miller (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Mancini LF50100004.240.316.385.7011.0
P. Alvarez DH41000122.196.310.464.7741.0
M. Machado SS51100002.324.395.6091.0042.0
J. Schoop 2B41200011.243.272.400.6723.5
C. Davis 1B30010011.156.242.249.4910.5
D. Valencia 3B30100100.270.333.470.8032.0
C. Sisco C20010211.222.327.356.6822.5
C. Gentry CF40210000.222.284.272.5563.0
J. Peterson RF30100113.185.305.272.5772.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Miller 1B52231027.246.313.425.73910.0
    C. Cron DH30000013.266.327.477.8051.5
    J. Wendle 2B41110114.287.340.390.7305.5
    W. Ramos C41200111.310.352.465.8163.5
    D. Robertson SS41000104.269.415.446.8612.0
    M. Smith CF40110104.295.373.389.7623.0
    C. Gomez RF41111003.199.262.358.6207.0
    J. Field RF00000000.266.301.468.7700.0
    C. Arroyo 3B21220200.412.545.5881.1348.0
    R. Refsnyder LF21100212.208.391.321.7123.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Schoop (7), J. Peterson (5)
      • SF - C. Davis
      • RBI - C. Davis (15), C. Sisco (15), C. Gentry (7)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Sisco (5), C. Gentry (5)
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Miller (7), C. Arroyo
      • HR - B. Miller (5), C. Gomez (6)
      • RBI - B. Miller 3 (18), J. Wendle (13), M. Smith (11), C. Gomez (12), C. Arroyo 2 (3)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Arroyo 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Wendle (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Schoop-Machado-Davis; Machado-Schoop-Davis)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Robertson-Wendle-Miller)
      • E - M. Smith (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Gausman (L, 3-4)2.26772114.311.38-13.5
      M. Wright2.22002506.831.844.5
      P. Araujo1.21113016.921.54-2.0
      T. Scott1.01001004.731.431.0
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Gausman (L, 3-4)2.2
      M. Wright2.2
      P. Araujo1.2
      T. Scott1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Romo0.12331005.951.63-6.0
      V. Nuno (W, 1-0)3.03004100.001.759.5
      A. Pruitt (S, 1)5.23000504.021.0521.5
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Romo0.1
      V. Nuno (W, 1-0)3.0
      A. Pruitt (S, 1)5.2
      PITCHING
      • HBP - K. Gausman 2 (3), M. Wright (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gausman 74-43, M. Wright 55-31, P. Araujo 47-27, T. Scott 12-4
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gausman 4-2, M. Wright 1-2, P. Araujo 3-2, T. Scott 2-0
      • Batters Faced - K. Gausman 17, M. Wright 13, P. Araujo 9, T. Scott 4
      PITCHING
      • IBB - V. Nuno
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Romo 15-8, V. Nuno 53-31, A. Pruitt 63-45
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Romo 1-0, V. Nuno 3-5, A. Pruitt 6-5
      • Batters Faced - S. Romo 4, V. Nuno 16, A. Pruitt 19
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      T. Mancini LF50100004.240.316.385.7011.0
      P. Alvarez DH41000122.196.310.464.7741.0
      M. Machado SS51100002.324.395.6091.0042.0
      J. Schoop 2B41200011.243.272.400.6723.5
      C. Davis 1B30010011.156.242.249.4910.5
      D. Valencia 3B30100100.270.333.470.8032.0
      C. Sisco C20010211.222.327.356.6822.5
      C. Gentry CF40210000.222.284.272.5563.0
      J. Peterson RF30100113.185.305.272.5772.5
      Total3338305614-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        B. Miller 1B52231027.246.313.425.73910.0
        C. Cron DH30000013.266.327.477.8051.5
        J. Wendle 2B41110114.287.340.390.7305.5
        W. Ramos C41200111.310.352.465.8163.5
        D. Robertson SS41000104.269.415.446.8612.0
        M. Smith CF40110104.295.373.389.7623.0
        C. Gomez RF41111003.199.262.358.6207.0
        J. Field RF00000000.266.301.468.7700.0
        C. Arroyo 3B21220200.412.545.5881.1348.0
        R. Refsnyder LF21100212.208.391.321.7123.5
        Total32810828628-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Schoop (7), J. Peterson (5)
          • SF - C. Davis
          • RBI - C. Davis (15), C. Sisco (15), C. Gentry (7)
          • 2-Out RBI - C. Sisco (5), C. Gentry (5)
          BATTING
          • 2B - B. Miller (7), C. Arroyo
          • HR - B. Miller (5), C. Gomez (6)
          • RBI - B. Miller 3 (18), J. Wendle (13), M. Smith (11), C. Gomez (12), C. Arroyo 2 (3)
          • 2-Out RBI - C. Arroyo 2 (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - J. Wendle (4)
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (Schoop-Machado-Davis; Machado-Schoop-Davis)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Robertson-Wendle-Miller)
          • E - M. Smith (4)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          K. Gausman (L, 3-4)2.26772114.311.38-13.5
          M. Wright2.22002506.831.844.5
          P. Araujo1.21113016.921.54-2.0
          T. Scott1.01001004.731.431.0
          Total8.01088862---
          PITCHERSIP
          K. Gausman (L, 3-4)2.2
          M. Wright2.2
          P. Araujo1.2
          T. Scott1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          S. Romo0.12331005.951.63-6.0
          V. Nuno (W, 1-0)3.03004100.001.759.5
          A. Pruitt (S, 1)5.23000504.021.0521.5
          Total9.0833560---
          PITCHERSIP
          S. Romo0.1
          V. Nuno (W, 1-0)3.0
          A. Pruitt (S, 1)5.2
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - K. Gausman 2 (3), M. Wright (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gausman 74-43, M. Wright 55-31, P. Araujo 47-27, T. Scott 12-4
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gausman 4-2, M. Wright 1-2, P. Araujo 3-2, T. Scott 2-0
          • Batters Faced - K. Gausman 17, M. Wright 13, P. Araujo 9, T. Scott 4
          PITCHING
          • IBB - V. Nuno
          • Pitches-Strikes - S. Romo 15-8, V. Nuno 53-31, A. Pruitt 63-45
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Romo 1-0, V. Nuno 3-5, A. Pruitt 6-5
          • Batters Faced - S. Romo 4, V. Nuno 16, A. Pruitt 19
          • 7TH INNING
            Gomez homered to left38
          • 3RD INNING
            Arroyo singled to right, Ramos and Robertson scored, Gomez to second37
            Smith grounded out to second, Wendle scored, Ramos to third, Robertson to second35
            Wendle singled to left, Miller scored, Wendle to second34
            Miller doubled to deep left, Arroyo and Refsnyder scored33
          • 1ST INNING
            Miller homered to right31
            Gentry reached on bunt single to pitcher, Schoop scored, Valencia to third, Sisco to second30
            Sisco walked, Machado scored, Schoop to third, Valencia to second20
            Davis hit sacrifice fly to center, Alvarez scored, Machado to third, Schoop to second on center fielder Smith fielding error10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Johnny Field in right
            • J. Peterson: Peterson doubled to deep right center
            • T. Mancini: Ball, Strike looking, Mancini grounded out to shortstop, Peterson to third
            • P. Alvarez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Alvarez struck out swinging
            • M. Machado: Strike looking, Ball, Machado lined out to right
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • A. Pruitt Pitching:
            • D. Valencia: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Valencia grounded out to third
            • C. Sisco: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Sisco struck out looking
            • C. Gentry: Ball, Ball, Gentry lined out to right
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Tanner Scott relieved Pedro Araujo
            • W. Ramos: Ramos singled to right
            • D. Robertson: Ball, Robertson reached on fielder's choice to third, Ramos out at second
            • M. Smith: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Smith walked, Robertson to second
            • C. Gomez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gomez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Smith out at second
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • A. Pruitt Pitching:
            • P. Alvarez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Alvarez grounded out to second
            • M. Machado: Ball, Machado fouled out to right
            • J. Schoop: Schoop doubled to deep right center
            • C. Davis: Davis grounded out to catcher
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • P. Araujo Pitching:
            • C. Gomez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gomez homered to left
            • C. Arroyo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Arroyo walked
            • R. Refsnyder: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Refsnyder walked, Arroyo to second
            • B. Miller: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Miller lined out to left
            • C. Cron: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Cron grounded out to first, Arroyo to third, Refsnyder to second
            • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Wendle grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • A. Pruitt Pitching:
            • C. Gentry: Gentry grounded out to third
            • J. Peterson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Peterson struck out looking
            • T. Mancini: Mancini fouled out to right
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Wright Pitching:
            • C. Cron: Strike looking, Cron grounded out to third
            • J. Wendle: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Wendle walked
            • Pedro Araujo relieved Mike Wright
            • W. Ramos: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Wendle stole second, Ball, Ball, Ramos walked
            • D. Robertson: Foul, Ball, Robertson fouled out to third
            • M. Smith: Smith grounded out to second
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • A. Pruitt Pitching:
            • C. Davis: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
            • D. Valencia: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Valencia singled to right
            • C. Sisco: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Sisco grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Valencia out at second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Wright Pitching:
            • M. Smith: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Smith singled to left
            • C. Gomez: Foul, Strike swinging, Gomez lined out to right
            • C. Arroyo: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Arroyo doubled to deep left, Smith to third
            • R. Refsnyder: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Refsnyder struck out swinging
            • B. Miller: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Miller struck out looking
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • V. Nuno Pitching:
            • P. Alvarez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Alvarez struck out looking
            • Austin Pruitt relieved Vidal Nuno
            • M. Machado: Strike looking, Machado popped out to second
            • J. Schoop: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Schoop struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Wright Pitching:
            • C. Cron: Ball, Cron hit by pitch
            • J. Wendle: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Wendle struck out swinging
            • W. Ramos: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Ramos struck out on foul tip
            • D. Robertson: Foul, Ball, Robertson popped out to second
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • V. Nuno Pitching:
            • C. Davis: Davis grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Valencia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Valencia grounded out to third
            • C. Sisco: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Sisco walked
            • C. Gentry: Gentry singled to center, Sisco to second
            • J. Peterson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Peterson walked, Sisco to third, Gentry to second
            • T. Mancini: Foul, Strike swinging, Mancini flied out to right
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • K. Gausman Pitching:
            • C. Arroyo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Arroyo walked
            • R. Refsnyder: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Refsnyder singled to center, Arroyo to second
            • B. Miller: Ball, Ball, Miller doubled to deep left, Arroyo and Refsnyder scored
            • C. Cron: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
            • J. Wendle: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Wendle singled to left, Miller scored, Wendle to second
            • W. Ramos: Ramos singled to left, Wendle to third
            • D. Robertson: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Robertson walked, Ramos to second
            • M. Smith: Strike looking, Smith grounded out to second, Wendle scored, Ramos to third, Robertson to second
            • C. Gomez: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gomez hit by pitch
            • C. Arroyo: Ball, Arroyo singled to right, Ramos and Robertson scored, Gomez to second
            • Mike Wright relieved Kevin Gausman
            • R. Refsnyder: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Refsnyder walked, Gomez to third, Arroyo to second
            • B. Miller: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul tip, Miller struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 3rd (6 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • V. Nuno Pitching:
            • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Mancini singled to center
            • P. Alvarez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Alvarez lined out to center
            • M. Machado: Ball, Machado grounded out to shortstop, Mancini to second
            • J. Schoop: Strike swinging, Schoop flied out to left
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • K. Gausman Pitching:
            • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Robertson grounded out to pitcher
            • M. Smith: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Smith flied out to left
            • C. Gomez: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Gomez grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • S. Romo Pitching:
            • T. Mancini: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Mancini grounded out to third
            • P. Alvarez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Alvarez walked
            • M. Machado: Foul, Machado singled to left, Alvarez to second
            • J. Schoop: Ball, Strike swinging, Schoop singled to center, Alvarez to third, Machado to second
            • Vidal Nuno relieved Sergio Romo
            • C. Davis: Foul, Davis hit sacrifice fly to center, Alvarez scored, Machado to third, Schoop to second on center fielder Smith fielding error
            • D. Valencia: Ball, Valencia intentionally walked
            • C. Sisco: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Sisco walked, Machado scored, Schoop to third, Valencia to second
            • C. Gentry: Gentry reached on bunt single to pitcher, Schoop scored, Valencia to third, Sisco to second
            • J. Peterson: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Peterson flied out to right
            • Middle of the 1st (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
            • Kevin Gausman pitching
            • B. Miller: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Miller homered to right
            • C. Cron: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Cron hit by pitch
            • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Wendle grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Cron out at second
            • W. Ramos: Foul, Ball, Ramos lined out to center
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)