Snell gets 18th win, Rays hit 4 homers, beat Orioles 14-2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays have found an ace.

Blake Snell tied for the major league victory lead with his 18th, Nick Ciuffo and Kevin Kiermaier hit early three-run homers and the Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles 14-2 on Friday night.

''He's performed like one,'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said. ''Blake was really good, again.''

Snell (18-5) matched Cleveland's Corey Kluber for the major league lead, after allowing two runs, five hits and striking out nine over 5 1/3 innings.

''I felt like I was around the zone for the most part,'' Snell said. ''The offense did very well. Gave me a quick lead. All credit goes to them.''

Tommy Pham had a fifth-inning solo homer and Ji-Man Choi hit a grand slam in the sixth to help the Rays run their home winning streak to nine. Tampa Bay has won 14 of 17 overall, outscoring opponents 93-49.

The loss marks the third time Baltimore (41-100) has had at least 100 losses (1988 and 1954) since relocating from St. Louis following the 1953 season. The franchise had eight 100 or more loss seasons as the St. Louis Browns.

Snell's major league-best since 1913 of giving up one or fewer earned runs in 14 consecutive home starts ended when Joey Rickard hit the lefty's 104th and final pitch for a two-run homer in the sixth.

Rickard, a one-time Tampa Bay minor leaguer, has 17 of 23 RBIs this season in nine games against the Rays.

Ciuffo hit his first major league homer off Dylan Bundy (7-14) in the second before Kiermaier made it 6-0 one inning later on his third homer over his last two games.

''Really cool,'' Cash said. ''His family in the stands, and friends. His best buddy had a full Rays uniform on.''

Cuiffo, playing in his fourth big league game, got his fourth RBI on a sacrifice fly in a three-run seventh.

Bundy gave up six runs, four hits and five walks in four innings. The righty has allowed a single-season team record and major league-leading 37 homers.

Bundy said his frustration level is a ''10 out of 10 for sure.''

''It's been the second half and it showed tonight,'' Bundy said. ''I really had no clue where the ball was going and wasn't executing my pitches. Going through adversity is tough but I just have to keep my head up and keep working in between starts. I think in the end it'll make me stronger and a better pitcher.''

Bundy is 0-4 with 10.67 ERA in his last six starts.

ERRANT PASS

Orioles RHP David Hess, Saturday's scheduled starter, was hit in the left eye while playing catch with a football before the game. After being examined by a specialist, he appeared in the dugout wearing an LSU football helmet.

MR. JONES

Baltimore RF Adam Jones was out of the lineup. ''Adam would be the first to tell you, this is the best he's felt in a long time physically,'' Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. ''Being careful with him physically, I'm not going to tell you that's the complete reason. We've got some people we want to see play.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: RHP Alex Cobb (blister) is expected to miss his start Sunday. ... OF/DH Mark Trumbo underwent right knee cartilage repair surgery. ''No complications, no surprises,'' Showalter said.

Rays: INF Daniel Robertson had the cast for his surgically repaired left thumb removed Wednesday and is increasing his rehab program.

UP NEXT

Hess (3-9) will face a Rays bullpen game Saturday night.

Copyright 2018 by AP. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of AP is strictly prohibited.

123456789RHE
BAL41-100
000002000260
TB76-64
03301430X14100
  • W: B. Snell (18-5)L: D. Bundy (7-14)
  • HR: BAL - J. Rickard (8), TB - T. Pham (17), K. Kiermaier (7), N. Ciuffo (1), J. Choi (7)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Mullins CF41100011.271.340.459.7991.5
J. Rickard RF41121020.238.296.424.7206.0
J. Villar 2B30200000.265.322.393.7162.0
C. Sisco C10000010.190.299.281.580-0.5
T. Mancini 1B30000022.241.299.412.712-1.0
J. Peterson 2B10000010.201.310.317.627-0.5
T. Beckham DH40000021.222.277.363.639-1.0
R. Nunez 3B30000010.229.303.354.657-0.5
J. Andreoli LF30100020.220.267.244.5110.0
B. Valera SS30000011.190.261.190.451-0.5
A. Wynns C20100010.259.286.395.6810.5
a- C. Joseph PH-1B10000010.100.182.100.282-0.5
  • a-struck out for Wynns in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Smith RF51110013.301.371.421.7924.5
M. Duffy 3B31000211.294.354.368.7232.5
J. Choi DH22141300.272.361.510.87113.0
T. Pham LF31111111.258.343.422.7666.5
a- B. Lowe PH-LF10000013.254.367.433.800-0.5
J. Wendle 2B52100012.296.344.425.7693.5
K. Kiermaier CF31231000.217.281.374.6558.0
b- A. Velazquez PH-CF11100100.500.667.5001.1673.0
W. Adames SS42100111.258.325.389.7143.5
J. Bauers 1B32000204.192.311.372.6844.0
N. Ciuffo C21241100.273.308.545.85311.0
  • a-struck out for Pham in the 7th
  • b-singled for Kiermaier in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - J. Rickard (8)
  • RBI - J. Rickard 2 (23)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Mancini, T. Beckham, B. Valera
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Wendle (23)
  • HR - J. Choi (7), T. Pham (17), K. Kiermaier (7), N. Ciuffo
  • SF - N. Ciuffo
  • RBI - M. Smith (35), J. Choi 4 (23), T. Pham (52), K. Kiermaier 3 (27), N. Ciuffo 4 (4)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Smith (16), J. Choi 4 (11), K. Kiermaier 3 (8), N. Ciuffo 3 (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Duffy, T. Pham, B. Lowe 3 (3), J. Bauers
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Smith (29)
  • CS - K. Kiermaier (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Adames-Wendle-Bauers)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Bundy (L, 7-14)4.04665325.581.42-6.5
S. Gilmartin1.22331114.731.65-2.5
R. Meisinger0.11221017.301.46-4.0
L. Ortiz0.233320040.507.50-8.0
Y. Ramirez1.10002206.191.602.0
PITCHERSIP
D. Bundy (L, 7-14)4.0
S. Gilmartin1.2
R. Meisinger0.1
L. Ortiz0.2
Y. Ramirez1.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Snell (W, 18-5)5.15220912.061.0119.5
J. Schultz1.21000204.031.073.0
A. Kittredge1.00000107.421.813.5
H. Wood1.00000304.051.594.5
PITCHERSIP
B. Snell (W, 18-5)5.1
J. Schultz1.2
A. Kittredge1.0
H. Wood1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - L. Ortiz
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Bundy 84-42, S. Gilmartin 34-20, R. Meisinger 9-5, L. Ortiz 24-11, Y. Ramirez 30-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Bundy 3-5, S. Gilmartin 2-2, Y. Ramirez 1-1
  • Batters Faced - D. Bundy 20, S. Gilmartin 8, R. Meisinger 3, L. Ortiz 7, Y. Ramirez 6
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 104-72, J. Schultz 27-19, A. Kittredge 9-7, H. Wood 12-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 4-2, J. Schultz 1-2
  • Batters Faced - B. Snell 20, J. Schultz 6, A. Kittredge 3, H. Wood 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
123456789RHE
BAL41-100
000002000260
TB76-64
03301430X14100
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Mullins CF41100011.271.340.459.7991.5
J. Rickard RF41121020.238.296.424.7206.0
J. Villar 2B30200000.265.322.393.7162.0
C. Sisco C10000010.190.299.281.580-0.5
T. Mancini 1B30000022.241.299.412.712-1.0
J. Peterson 2B10000010.201.310.317.627-0.5
T. Beckham DH40000021.222.277.363.639-1.0
R. Nunez 3B30000010.229.303.354.657-0.5
J. Andreoli LF30100020.220.267.244.5110.0
B. Valera SS30000011.190.261.190.451-0.5
A. Wynns C20100010.259.286.395.6810.5
a- C. Joseph PH-1B10000010.100.182.100.282-0.5
Total3226210155-----
  • a-struck out for Wynns in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Smith RF51110013.301.371.421.7924.5
M. Duffy 3B31000211.294.354.368.7232.5
J. Choi DH22141300.272.361.510.87113.0
T. Pham LF31111111.258.343.422.7666.5
a- B. Lowe PH-LF10000013.254.367.433.800-0.5
J. Wendle 2B52100012.296.344.425.7693.5
K. Kiermaier CF31231000.217.281.374.6558.0
b- A. Velazquez PH-CF11100100.500.667.5001.1673.0
W. Adames SS42100111.258.325.389.7143.5
J. Bauers 1B32000204.192.311.372.6844.0
N. Ciuffo C21241100.273.308.545.85311.0
Total32141013411615-----
HITTERSAB
M. Smith RF5
M. Duffy 3B3
J. Choi DH2
T. Pham LF3
a- B. Lowe PH-LF1
J. Wendle 2B5
K. Kiermaier CF3
b- A. Velazquez PH-CF1
W. Adames SS4
J. Bauers 1B3
N. Ciuffo C2
Total32
  • a-struck out for Pham in the 7th
  • b-singled for Kiermaier in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - J. Rickard (8)
  • RBI - J. Rickard 2 (23)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Mancini, T. Beckham, B. Valera
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Wendle (23)
  • HR - J. Choi (7), T. Pham (17), K. Kiermaier (7), N. Ciuffo
  • SF - N. Ciuffo
  • RBI - M. Smith (35), J. Choi 4 (23), T. Pham (52), K. Kiermaier 3 (27), N. Ciuffo 4 (4)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Smith (16), J. Choi 4 (11), K. Kiermaier 3 (8), N. Ciuffo 3 (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Duffy, T. Pham, B. Lowe 3 (3), J. Bauers
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Smith (29)
  • CS - K. Kiermaier (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Adames-Wendle-Bauers)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Bundy (L, 7-14)4.04665325.581.42-6.5
S. Gilmartin1.22331114.731.65-2.5
R. Meisinger0.11221017.301.46-4.0
L. Ortiz0.233320040.507.50-8.0
Y. Ramirez1.10002206.191.602.0
Total8.01014141164---
PITCHERSIP
D. Bundy (L, 7-14)4.0
S. Gilmartin1.2
R. Meisinger0.1
L. Ortiz0.2
Y. Ramirez1.1
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Snell (W, 18-5)5.15220912.061.0119.5
J. Schultz1.21000204.031.073.0
A. Kittredge1.00000107.421.813.5
H. Wood1.00000304.051.594.5
Total9.06220151---
PITCHERSIP
B. Snell (W, 18-5)5.1
J. Schultz1.2
A. Kittredge1.0
H. Wood1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - L. Ortiz
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Bundy 84-42, S. Gilmartin 34-20, R. Meisinger 9-5, L. Ortiz 24-11, Y. Ramirez 30-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Bundy 3-5, S. Gilmartin 2-2, Y. Ramirez 1-1
  • Batters Faced - D. Bundy 20, S. Gilmartin 8, R. Meisinger 3, L. Ortiz 7, Y. Ramirez 6
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 104-72, J. Schultz 27-19, A. Kittredge 9-7, H. Wood 12-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 4-2, J. Schultz 1-2
  • Batters Faced - B. Snell 20, J. Schultz 6, A. Kittredge 3, H. Wood 3
  • 7TH INNING
    Smith singled to shallow right center, Adames scored214
    Ciuffo hit sacrifice fly to left, Velazquez scored, Adames to third213
    Wendle scored, Velazquez to third, Adames to second on wild pitch212
  • 6TH INNING
    Choi homered to right center, Bauers, Smith and Duffy scored211
    Rickard homered to left center, Mullins scored27
  • 5TH INNING
    Pham homered to center07
  • 3RD INNING
    Kiermaier homered to right, Choi and Wendle scored06
  • 2ND INNING
    Ciuffo homered to right, Adames and Bauers scored03
  • 9TH INNING
    • Hunter Wood relieved Andrew Kittredge
    • C. Sisco: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Sisco struck out swinging
    • J. Peterson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Peterson struck out swinging
    • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Andrew Kittredge relieved Jaime Schultz
    • Corban Joseph hit for Austin Wynns
    • C. Joseph: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Joseph struck out swinging
    • C. Mullins: Mullins flied out to deep center
    • J. Rickard: Strike looking, Rickard flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Chance Sisco catching
    • Jace Peterson at second base
    • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Wendle struck out on foul tip
    • A. Velazquez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Velazquez walked
    • W. Adames: Adames popped out to first
    • J. Bauers: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bauers grounded out to second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • J. Schultz Pitching:
    • T. Beckham: Beckham flied out to deep center
    • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Nunez struck out looking
    • J. Andreoli: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Andreoli singled to center
    • B. Valera: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Valera flied out to left
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Luis Ortiz relieved Ryan Meisinger
    • J. Wendle: Ball, Wendle doubled to deep right
    • Andrew Velazquez hit for Kevin Kiermaier
    • A. Velazquez: Foul, Strike swinging, Velazquez singled to right center, Wendle to third
    • W. Adames: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Adames walked, Velazquez to second
    • J. Bauers: Ball, Bauers popped out to second
    • N. Ciuffo: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Wendle scored, Velazquez to third, Adames to second on wild pitch, Ciuffo hit sacrifice fly to left, Velazquez scored, Adames to third
    • M. Smith: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Smith singled to shallow right center, Adames scored
    • M. Duffy: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Duffy walked, Smith to second
    • Yefry Ramirez relieved Luis Ortiz
    • J. Choi: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Choi walked, Smith to third, Duffy to second
    • Brandon Lowe hit for Tommy Pham
    • B. Lowe: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Lowe struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • A. Wynns: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Wynns struck out swinging
    • C. Mullins: Ball, Mullins singled to shallow right center
    • J. Rickard: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Rickard homered to left center, Mullins scored
    • Jaime Schultz relieved Blake Snell
    • J. Villar: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Villar grounded out to shortstop
    • T. Mancini: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Mancini struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Gilmartin Pitching:
    • W. Adames: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Adames struck out looking
    • J. Bauers: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bauers walked
    • N. Ciuffo: Strike looking, Ciuffo singled to left, Bauers to second
    • M. Smith: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Smith reached on fielder's choice to third, Bauers to third, Ciuffo out at second
    • Ryan Meisinger relieved Sean Gilmartin
    • M. Duffy: Ball, Smith stole second, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Duffy walked
    • J. Choi: Strike looking, Choi homered to right center, Bauers, Smith and Duffy scored
    • T. Pham: Pham lined out to center
    • End of the 6th (4 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • R. Nunez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Nunez flied out to left
    • J. Andreoli: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Andreoli struck out swinging
    • B. Valera: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Valera struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Sean Gilmartin relieved Dylan Bundy
    • J. Choi: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Choi grounded out to first
    • T. Pham: Pham homered to center
    • J. Wendle: Ball, Strike looking, Wendle flied out to right
    • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kiermaier flied out to deep left
    • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • J. Rickard: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Rickard struck out swinging
    • J. Villar: Strike looking, Ball, Villar singled to center
    • T. Mancini: Ball, Mancini grounded out to shortstop, Villar to second
    • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Beckham lined out to right
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • D. Bundy Pitching:
    • J. Bauers: Foul, Ball, Ball, Bauers grounded out to first
    • N. Ciuffo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ciuffo walked
    • M. Smith: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Smith lined out to left
    • M. Duffy: Strike looking, Duffy fouled out to first
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • B. Valera: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Valera grounded out to third
    • A. Wynns: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Wynns singled to center
    • C. Mullins: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Mullins grounded out to second, Wynns out at second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • D. Bundy Pitching:
    • M. Duffy: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Duffy flied out to deep center
    • J. Choi: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Choi walked
    • T. Pham: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pham walked, Choi to second
    • J. Wendle: Wendle reached on fielder's choice to second, Choi to third, Pham out at second
    • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Foul, Foul, Kiermaier homered to right, Choi and Wendle scored
    • W. Adames: Adames flied out to right
    • End of the 3rd (3 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • T. Beckham: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Beckham struck out looking
    • R. Nunez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Nunez grounded out to first
    • J. Andreoli: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Andreoli struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Bundy Pitching:
    • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Ball, Wendle flied out to deep center
    • K. Kiermaier: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kiermaier reached on bunt single to third
    • W. Adames: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Kiermaier caught stealing second, catcher to second, Foul, Adames singled to left
    • J. Bauers: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bauers walked, Adames to second
    • N. Ciuffo: Ball, Ciuffo homered to right, Adames and Bauers scored
    • M. Smith: Smith grounded out to second
    • End of the 2nd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • C. Mullins: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Mullins struck out looking
    • J. Rickard: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rickard struck out swinging
    • J. Villar: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Villar singled to left
    • T. Mancini: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Mancini struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • D. Bundy Pitching:
    • M. Smith: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Smith struck out looking
    • M. Duffy: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Duffy struck out looking
    • J. Choi: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Choi walked
    • T. Pham: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)