Lowe, Choi, Diaz homer to help Rays beat Orioles 8-1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays got some strong offensive support to back their pitching and keep up their strong play.

Brandon Lowe, Ji-Man Choi and Yandy Diaz homered in the first three innings and the Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-1 Wednesday night.

Choi reached based four straight times on two hits and two walks, and Mike Zunino had three of the Rays' 13 hits as they won for the eighth time in nine games.

''I can't say I've seen a game where we've put that many (hits) together, '' said Zunino, who came into the game hitting .140. ''I think it goes with our approach. Guys know what they're doing. They're going up there trusting themselves. It's a good stretch right now and hopefully we'll continue to do that.''

Yonny Chrinos (3-0) replaced opener Ryne Stanek in the second inning and gave up one hit in five scoreless innings to get the win. He struck out six of the first seven batters he faced.

It was the eighth straight home game in which the Rays gave up two runs or fewer. They have given up nine runs in their last eight games at home and have a 2.33 ERA after 14 games.

Rio Ruiz hit his second home run for the Orioles, who have lost seven of nine.

After singles by Austin Meadows and Choi in the first inning, Lowe hit a long three-run homer off Baltimore starter David Hess (1-3). It was Lowe's fourth homer in seven games and his fifth of the season.

Between back-to-back homers by Choi and Diaz in the third, Orioles field coordinator Tim Cossins was ejected by home plate umpire CB Bucknor. Choi's home run was his first of the season, and Diaz hit his fourth.

''Everyone else is hitting,'' said Diaz through a translator. ''It's contagious and you just want to keep on going.''

Hess gave up six runs and eight hits in two innings.

''(I was) just leaving balls over the middle of the plate,'' he said. ''.It's a good-hitting team right now. They're feeling good. You can't do that against any major league team, especially a team that's hitting like that.''

At 14-4, the Rays maintained their 5 1/2-game lead in the AL East.

''Right now we do have a lot of guys who are not only feeling good at the plate, they're producing at the plate,'' manager Kevin Cash said. ''You'll take it while it lasts because this game's tough and hitting is as tough as anything in the game. It's nice when you have a lineup one to nine that seems really confident walking up to the plate.

HOW DID HE DO THAT?

''One of my buddies texted me and said: `How do you get caught stealing twice in the same inning?' Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier reported. ''I was like'' `Wait a minute, what?'''

In the seventh inning Tuesday night, Kiermaier was ruled safe after Orioles SS Jonathan Villar dropped the ball on his steal attempt. It was recorded as a caught stealing, and Villar was charged with an error. Then pitcher Mike Wright caught Kiermaier trying to steal third base.

''I saw a stat that I was the first guy to do that in eight years, since Brandon Phillips did it (with Cincinnati),'' Kiermaier said. ''This game is crazy.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: Renato Nunez got his first start in the field when 1B Chris Davis missed a second straight game with a stomach virus, leaving the Orioles with a two-man bench. ... C Austin Wynns (oblique) was reinstated from the injured list and optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.

Rays: LHP Blake Snell (broken right fourth toe) took some throws from 90 feet. ... INF Joey Wendle (strained left hamstring) played five innings at 2B in an extended spring training game and went 2 for 5.

UP NEXT

RHP Andrew Cashner (3-1, 3.51) will try to win his fourth straight start for the Orioles in Thursday night's series finale against Hunter Wood (0-0), who has pitched four innings in two games for the Rays.

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BAL7-12
000000100130
TB14-4
31201010X8131
  • W: Y. Chirinos (3-0)L: D. Hess (1-3)
  • HR: BAL - R. Ruiz (2), TB - J. Choi (1), Y. Diaz (4), B. Lowe (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Villar 2B30000120.273.333.442.7750.0
H. Alberto 2B00000000.286.302.310.6120.0
T. Mancini DH40000032.320.373.6401.013-1.5
D. Smith LF40100001.282.329.479.8082.0
R. Nunez 1B40000011.273.314.409.723-0.5
R. Ruiz 3B31111120.212.333.365.6996.0
J. Rickard RF30000021.149.231.277.507-1.0
J. Sucre C30100000.213.260.255.5152.0
R. Martin SS30000011.146.255.220.475-0.5
C. Mullins CF30000020.098.203.176.380-1.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Meadows RF31100003.349.423.6831.1052.0
    a- G. Heredia PH-RF20000002.308.400.6151.0150.0
    T. Pham LF40000013.246.375.338.713-0.5
    J. Choi 1B23211200.293.373.431.80411.0
    Y. Diaz 3B41221003.271.380.542.9239.0
    B. Lowe 2B42231011.300.358.617.97510.5
    A. Garcia DH30000121.310.365.466.8310.0
    K. Kiermaier CF41210000.305.354.576.9305.0
    M. Zunino C40310010.191.224.319.5445.5
    W. Adames SS30100112.254.323.373.6962.5
    • a-grounded into a double play for Meadows in the 6th
    BATTING
    • 2B - D. Smith (5), J. Sucre (2)
    • HR - R. Ruiz (2)
    • RBI - R. Ruiz (8)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Mancini, R. Nunez, J. Rickard, R. Martin
    BATTING
    • 2B - Y. Diaz (4), B. Lowe (4), K. Kiermaier (6), M. Zunino 2 (4), W. Adames (4)
    • HR - J. Choi, Y. Diaz (4), B. Lowe (5)
    • RBI - J. Choi (6), Y. Diaz 2 (8), B. Lowe 3 (13), K. Kiermaier (10), M. Zunino (5)
    • 2-Out RBI - B. Lowe 3 (7), K. Kiermaier (4)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Heredia, T. Pham 2 (2), A. Garcia
    FIELDING
    • DP - 3 (Martin-Ruiz; Martin-Nunez; Ruiz-Villar-Nunez)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Adames-Choi)
    • E - W. Adames (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Hess (L, 1-3)2.08660035.571.19-13.0
    J. Lucas2.01000204.151.156.0
    T. Scott2.02113102.452.730.5
    M. Wright2.02111309.002.203.5
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Hess (L, 1-3)2.0
    J. Lucas2.0
    T. Scott2.0
    M. Wright2.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    R. Stanek1.01000301.930.863.5
    Y. Chirinos (W, 3-0)5.01001503.260.8322.5
    W. Font2.01111417.271.385.0
    E. Pagan1.00000100.000.003.5
    PITCHERSIP
    R. Stanek1.0
    Y. Chirinos (W, 3-0)5.0
    W. Font2.0
    E. Pagan1.0
    PITCHING
    • IBB - T. Scott
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Hess 51-34, J. Lucas 27-18, T. Scott 28-15, M. Wright 37-24
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lucas 3-1, T. Scott 2-0
    • Batters Faced - D. Hess 13, J. Lucas 7, T. Scott 8, M. Wright 9
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - R. Stanek 14-10, Y. Chirinos 70-47, W. Font 44-28, E. Pagan 14-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Chirinos 5-5, E. Pagan 1-1
    • Batters Faced - R. Stanek 4, Y. Chirinos 17, W. Font 8, E. Pagan 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
    123456789RHE
    BAL7-12
    000000100130
    TB14-4
    31201010X8131
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Villar 2B30000120.273.333.442.7750.0
    H. Alberto 2B00000000.286.302.310.6120.0
    T. Mancini DH40000032.320.373.6401.013-1.5
    D. Smith LF40100001.282.329.479.8082.0
    R. Nunez 1B40000011.273.314.409.723-0.5
    R. Ruiz 3B31111120.212.333.365.6996.0
    J. Rickard RF30000021.149.231.277.507-1.0
    J. Sucre C30100000.213.260.255.5152.0
    R. Martin SS30000011.146.255.220.475-0.5
    C. Mullins CF30000020.098.203.176.380-1.0
    Total3013112136-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      A. Meadows RF31100003.349.423.6831.1052.0
      a- G. Heredia PH-RF20000002.308.400.6151.0150.0
      T. Pham LF40000013.246.375.338.713-0.5
      J. Choi 1B23211200.293.373.431.80411.0
      Y. Diaz 3B41221003.271.380.542.9239.0
      B. Lowe 2B42231011.300.358.617.97510.5
      A. Garcia DH30000121.310.365.466.8310.0
      K. Kiermaier CF41210000.305.354.576.9305.0
      M. Zunino C40310010.191.224.319.5445.5
      W. Adames SS30100112.254.323.373.6962.5
      Total33813834615-----
      HITTERSAB
      A. Meadows RF3
      a- G. Heredia PH-RF2
      T. Pham LF4
      J. Choi 1B2
      Y. Diaz 3B4
      B. Lowe 2B4
      A. Garcia DH3
      K. Kiermaier CF4
      M. Zunino C4
      W. Adames SS3
      Total33
      • a-grounded into a double play for Meadows in the 6th
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Smith (5), J. Sucre (2)
      • HR - R. Ruiz (2)
      • RBI - R. Ruiz (8)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Mancini, R. Nunez, J. Rickard, R. Martin
      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Diaz (4), B. Lowe (4), K. Kiermaier (6), M. Zunino 2 (4), W. Adames (4)
      • HR - J. Choi, Y. Diaz (4), B. Lowe (5)
      • RBI - J. Choi (6), Y. Diaz 2 (8), B. Lowe 3 (13), K. Kiermaier (10), M. Zunino (5)
      • 2-Out RBI - B. Lowe 3 (7), K. Kiermaier (4)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Heredia, T. Pham 2 (2), A. Garcia
      FIELDING
      • DP - 3 (Martin-Ruiz; Martin-Nunez; Ruiz-Villar-Nunez)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Adames-Choi)
      • E - W. Adames (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Hess (L, 1-3)2.08660035.571.19-13.0
      J. Lucas2.01000204.151.156.0
      T. Scott2.02113102.452.730.5
      M. Wright2.02111309.002.203.5
      Total8.01388463---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Hess (L, 1-3)2.0
      J. Lucas2.0
      T. Scott2.0
      M. Wright2.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Stanek1.01000301.930.863.5
      Y. Chirinos (W, 3-0)5.01001503.260.8322.5
      W. Font2.01111417.271.385.0
      E. Pagan1.00000100.000.003.5
      Total9.03112131---
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Stanek1.0
      Y. Chirinos (W, 3-0)5.0
      W. Font2.0
      E. Pagan1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - T. Scott
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Hess 51-34, J. Lucas 27-18, T. Scott 28-15, M. Wright 37-24
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lucas 3-1, T. Scott 2-0
      • Batters Faced - D. Hess 13, J. Lucas 7, T. Scott 8, M. Wright 9
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Stanek 14-10, Y. Chirinos 70-47, W. Font 44-28, E. Pagan 14-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Chirinos 5-5, E. Pagan 1-1
      • Batters Faced - R. Stanek 4, Y. Chirinos 17, W. Font 8, E. Pagan 3
      • 7TH INNING
        Diaz doubled to deep right center, Choi scored18
        Ruiz homered to right17
      • 5TH INNING
        Kiermaier singled to left, Lowe scored, Garcia out at third07
      • 3RD INNING
        Diaz homered to left06
        Choi homered to right05
      • 2ND INNING
        Zunino singled to center, Kiermaier scored04
      • 1ST INNING
        Lowe homered to right, Meadows and Choi scored03
      • 9TH INNING
        • Emilio Pagan relieved Wilmer Font
        • D. Smith: Smith popped out to shortstop
        • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Nunez grounded out to third
        • R. Ruiz: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Ruiz struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • W. Font Pitching:
        • R. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
        • C. Mullins: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Mullins struck out swinging
        • J. Villar: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Villar walked
        • T. Mancini: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mancini struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Hanser Alberto at second base
        • K. Kiermaier: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Kiermaier flied out to left
        • M. Zunino: Foul, Foul, Zunino doubled to left center
        • W. Adames: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Adames struck out looking
        • G. Heredia: Foul, Strike looking, Heredia flied out to right
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Wilmer Font relieved Yonny Chirinos
        • R. Nunez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Nunez popped out to second
        • R. Ruiz: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ruiz homered to right
        • J. Rickard: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Rickard struck out swinging
        • J. Sucre: Ball, Sucre lined out to center
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Mike Wright relieved Tanner Scott
        • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pham struck out looking
        • J. Choi: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Choi walked
        • Y. Diaz: Diaz doubled to deep right center, Choi scored
        • B. Lowe: Foul, Ball, Lowe lined out to right, Diaz to third
        • A. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Garcia struck out looking
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Y. Chirinos Pitching:
        • J. Villar: Strike swinging, Ball, Villar safe at first on shortstop Adames throwing error
        • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Ball, Mancini flied out to deep center
        • D. Smith: Smith grounded out to shortstop, Villar out at second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • T. Scott Pitching:
        • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Zunino struck out looking
        • W. Adames: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Adames walked
        • Guillermo Heredia hit for Austin Meadows
        • G. Heredia: Ball, Heredia grounded out to second, Adames out at second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • Y. Chirinos Pitching:
        • J. Sucre: Strike looking, Sucre lined out to left
        • R. Martin: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Martin fouled out to catcher
        • C. Mullins: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Mullins grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Tanner Scott relieved Josh Lucas
        • J. Choi: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Choi walked
        • Y. Diaz: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Diaz grounded out to shortstop, Choi out at second
        • B. Lowe: Lowe doubled to deep center
        • A. Garcia: Garcia intentionally walked
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Kiermaier singled to left, Lowe scored, Garcia out at third
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • Y. Chirinos Pitching:
        • D. Smith: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Smith lined out to left
        • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Nunez grounded out to third
        • R. Ruiz: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ruiz walked
        • J. Rickard: Ball, Rickard lined out to left
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lucas Pitching:
        • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Zunino doubled to deep center
        • W. Adames: Foul, Adames grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Meadows: Strike swinging, Meadows fouled out to third
        • T. Pham: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pham grounded out to third
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • Y. Chirinos Pitching:
        • C. Mullins: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Mullins struck out looking
        • J. Villar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Villar struck out looking
        • T. Mancini: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Mancini struck out looking
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Hess Pitching:
        • J. Choi: Ball, Strike looking, Choi homered to right
        • Y. Diaz: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Diaz homered to left
        • Josh Lucas relieved David Hess
        • B. Lowe: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Lowe struck out looking
        • A. Garcia: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Kiermaier grounded out to second
        • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • Yonny Chirinos relieved Ryne Stanek
        • R. Ruiz: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ruiz struck out swinging
        • J. Rickard: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rickard struck out swinging
        • J. Sucre: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Sucre doubled to left
        • R. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Martin grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Hess Pitching:
        • K. Kiermaier: Foul, Foul, Kiermaier doubled to right center
        • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Zunino singled to center, Kiermaier scored
        • W. Adames: Strike swinging, Foul, Adames doubled to center, Zunino to third
        • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Meadows lined out to shortstop, Zunino out at third
        • T. Pham: Pham flied out to right
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • R. Stanek Pitching:
        • J. Villar: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Villar struck out swinging
        • T. Mancini: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Mancini struck out swinging
        • D. Smith: Smith doubled to deep right center
        • R. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Hess Pitching:
        • A. Meadows: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Meadows singled to deep right
        • T. Pham: Pham flied out to deep center
        • J. Choi: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Choi singled to center, Meadows to second
        • Y. Diaz: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to second, Strike swinging, Ball, Diaz lined out to center
        • B. Lowe: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt to second, Lowe homered to right, Meadows and Choi scored
        • A. Garcia: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia lined out to center
        • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)