Wilkerson HR carries Orioles past Rays 2-1 in 1st game

BALTIMORE (AP) Less than 24 hours after pitching in a mop-up role, Stevie Wilkerson delivered the game-deciding home run.

Why, that's almost as improbable as the Orioles putting the clamps on a Tampa Bay offense that opened the series by scoring 16 runs.

Wilkerson hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning to back a surprisingly effective performance by Baltimore's pitching staff, and the Orioles beat the Rays 2-1 Saturday in the opener of a split doubleheader.

One night after yielding 20 hits to the Rays, Baltimore permitted only three hits - all in the third inning. The Orioles came in with a major league-high 5.69 ERA and the worst record in the big leagues.

The loss ended Tampa Bay's three-game winning streak and stalled their pursuit of the first-place Yankees in the AL East.

''It's frustrating, but it's a funny game,'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said. ''Sometimes that's going to happen. Their guys executed pitches. Didn't give us much. We didn't even have that many opportunities.''

Picked up on waivers from Oakland on July 6, Aaron Brooks started for Baltimore and was followed by Jimmy Yacabonis with two outs in the third. Shawn Armstrong started the sixth and Richard Bleier (1-0) worked the seventh before issuing a leadoff walk in the eighth.

Mychal Givens came in and did not allow a base runner in securing his seventh save.

''It was a nice game of pitching,'' manager Brandon Hyde said. ''We did a really good job, played good defense - and Wilkerson with a two-run homer.''

After Mike Zunino greeted Yacabonis with a long ball in the third, the Rays held the lead until Anthony Santander singled to open the seventh and Wilkerson connected on a 2-2 fastball from Colin Poche (2-2).

Wilkerson put down the Rays in order in the ninth inning Friday night, no small feat for a utility infielder/outfielder. Just as impressive: Going deep against Poche.

''They're both good for the memory bank,'' Wilkerson said. ''I'll never forget either of those. I'll take today's over yesterday's, for sure.''

Zunino also did something noteworthy, hitting his 100th career home run .

''A cool accomplishment, something I'll remember,'' he said.

Added from Triple-A Durham as the 26th man for the doubleheader, Tampa Bay starter Brendan McKay allowed three singles over five shutout innings and struck out seven . It was the third career start for the lefty, the second in which he did not give up allow a run.

Drafted fourth overall in the 2017 draft, McKay faced the Orioles earlier this month - as a batter. Two days after making his big league debut on the mound against Texas on June 29, the 23-year-old two-way player went 0 for 4 versus Baltimore as the designated hitter.

McKay fared much better against the Orioles on the mound. He retired 12 of the first 13 batters he faced, then gave up two straight singles to open the fifth before working out of trouble.

DOUBLE PLAY

This is the 30th doubleheader in Rays history, the third this season. Tampa Bay swept only four of its previous 29 doubleheaders and was swept 12 times. The Rays and Orioles have now played seven doubleheaders at Camden Yards. This one was created after a May 5 rainout.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: 1B Ji-Man Choi (ankle) was reinstated from the injured list after the minimum 10-day stay. RHP Ian Gibaut was optioned to Triple-A Durham. ... Reliever Chaz Roe (flexor strain) has been shut down from baseball activities. The team hopes to learn the extent of the problem after it returns home on July 19. ... 2B Brandon Lowe (bruised shin) is still walking with a limp. ... Matt Duffy (hamstring), who had a hit and three RBIs for Durham on Friday. The infielder will play several more games in the minors before being re-evaluated. ... INF Daniel Robertson (knee) is recovering nicely from arthroscopic surgery and could begin a rehab assignment in the next week or so.

Orioles: RHP Dylan Bundy was placed on the 10-day IL with tendinitis in his right knee. Bundy (4-11, 5.28 ERA) gave up seven runs in the first inning of a 16-4 loss on Friday night before being pulled. Hyde hopes Bundy misses only one start. ... RHP Nate Karns (forearm strain) gave up three runs in 2/3 innings of a rehab start with Class A Frederick on Friday night. ''The velo is up, he feels good physically, the results just weren't there for him,'' Hyde said.

UP NEXT

Tampa Bay's Charlie Morton (10-2, 2.32) was slated to go against John Means (7-4, 2.50) in the nightcap.

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  • W: R. Bleier (1-0)L: C. Poche (2-2)S: M. Givens (7)
  • HR: TB - M. Zunino (5), BAL - S. Wilkerson (8)
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N. Lowe 1B30000110.276.348.483.8310.5
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T. Mancini 1B40000030.284.344.506.850-1.5
R. Nunez DH40100020.243.306.505.8100.0
P. Severino C40100010.272.337.474.8110.5
J. Villar 2B30200012.263.329.422.7511.5
A. Santander RF31200011.283.339.442.7814.5
K. Broxton CF30000034.176.233.264.496-1.5
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    BATTING
    • HR - M. Zunino (5)
    • RBI - M. Zunino (20)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Zunino (5)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Kiermaier 2 (2), Y. Diaz, M. Zunino 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • HR - S. Wilkerson (8)
    • RBI - S. Wilkerson 2 (23)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Villar 2 (2), K. Broxton, R. Martin 2 (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - T. Pham (9)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - A. Santander
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Villar-Martin-Mancini; Mancini-Martin)
    • PB - P. Severino (7)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    B. McKay5.03000701.690.6915.5
    A. Kittredge (H, 2)0.22000100.751.00-1.5
    C. Poche (L, 2-2) (BS, 2)1.12220314.150.69-4.5
    E. Pagan1.00000201.700.814.0
    PITCHERSIP
    B. McKay5.0
    A. Kittredge (H, 2)0.2
    C. Poche (L, 2-2) (BS, 2)1.1
    E. Pagan1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Brooks2.20000204.751.197.0
    J. Yacabonis3.13111215.461.475.0
    S. Armstrong0.00002005.641.52-2.0
    R. Bleier (W, 1-0)1.00001007.001.489.0
    M. Givens (S, 7)2.00000204.501.2214.0
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Brooks2.2
    J. Yacabonis3.1
    S. Armstrong0.0
    R. Bleier (W, 1-0)1.0
    M. Givens (S, 7)2.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - B. McKay 86-61, A. Kittredge 24-17, C. Poche 35-25, E. Pagan 11-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. McKay 6-2, A. Kittredge 1-0
    • Batters Faced - B. McKay 18, A. Kittredge 4, C. Poche 6, E. Pagan 3
    PITCHING
    • HBP - A. Brooks (5)
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Brooks 32-17, J. Yacabonis 61-33, S. Armstrong 15-7, R. Bleier 19-12, M. Givens 22-16
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Brooks 3-2, J. Yacabonis 2-6, R. Bleier 2-1, M. Givens 1-2
    • Batters Faced - A. Brooks 8, J. Yacabonis 14, S. Armstrong 2, R. Bleier 4, M. Givens 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    G. Heredia PR-RF00000000.236.319.350.6680.0
    T. Pham LF30100002.283.382.467.8494.0
    K. Kiermaier CF40000004.253.298.438.7360.0
    Y. Diaz 3B40000021.274.346.470.817-1.0
    N. Lowe 1B30000110.276.348.483.8310.5
    M. Brosseau 2B30000110.345.387.586.9730.5
    J. Choi DH20000020.263.349.420.769-1.0
    a- A. Garcia PH-DH10000002.274.330.439.7700.0
    J. Wendle SS30000002.204.275.265.5410.0
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    • a-lined out for Choi in the 7th
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    H. Alberto 3B40000010.300.320.379.698-0.5
    R. Ruiz 3B00000000.237.307.336.6430.0
    T. Mancini 1B40000030.284.344.506.850-1.5
    R. Nunez DH40100020.243.306.505.8100.0
    P. Severino C40100010.272.337.474.8110.5
    J. Villar 2B30200012.263.329.422.7511.5
    A. Santander RF31200011.283.339.442.7814.5
    K. Broxton CF30000034.176.233.264.496-1.5
    S. Wilkerson LF31121012.217.262.400.6626.5
    R. Martin SS30000002.162.221.276.4970.0
    A. Brooks P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      BATTING
      • HR - M. Zunino (5)
      • RBI - M. Zunino (20)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Zunino (5)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Kiermaier 2 (2), Y. Diaz, M. Zunino 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • HR - S. Wilkerson (8)
      • RBI - S. Wilkerson 2 (23)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Villar 2 (2), K. Broxton, R. Martin 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - T. Pham (9)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Santander
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Villar-Martin-Mancini; Mancini-Martin)
      • PB - P. Severino (7)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. McKay5.03000701.690.6915.5
      A. Kittredge (H, 2)0.22000100.751.00-1.5
      C. Poche (L, 2-2) (BS, 2)1.12220314.150.69-4.5
      E. Pagan1.00000201.700.814.0
      Total8.07220131---
      PITCHERSIP
      B. McKay5.0
      A. Kittredge (H, 2)0.2
      C. Poche (L, 2-2) (BS, 2)1.1
      E. Pagan1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Brooks2.20000204.751.197.0
      J. Yacabonis3.13111215.461.475.0
      S. Armstrong0.00002005.641.52-2.0
      R. Bleier (W, 1-0)1.00001007.001.489.0
      M. Givens (S, 7)2.00000204.501.2214.0
      Total9.0311461---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Brooks2.2
      J. Yacabonis3.1
      S. Armstrong0.0
      R. Bleier (W, 1-0)1.0
      M. Givens (S, 7)2.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. McKay 86-61, A. Kittredge 24-17, C. Poche 35-25, E. Pagan 11-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. McKay 6-2, A. Kittredge 1-0
      • Batters Faced - B. McKay 18, A. Kittredge 4, C. Poche 6, E. Pagan 3
      PITCHING
      • HBP - A. Brooks (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Brooks 32-17, J. Yacabonis 61-33, S. Armstrong 15-7, R. Bleier 19-12, M. Givens 22-16
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Brooks 3-2, J. Yacabonis 2-6, R. Bleier 2-1, M. Givens 1-2
      • Batters Faced - A. Brooks 8, J. Yacabonis 14, S. Armstrong 2, R. Bleier 4, M. Givens 5
      • 7TH INNING
        Wilkerson homered to center, Santander scored12
      • 3RD INNING
        Zunino homered to center10
      • 9TH INNING
        • M. Givens Pitching:
        • Y. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Diaz struck out looking
        • N. Lowe: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Lowe struck out swinging
        • M. Brosseau: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Brosseau fouled out to catcher
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Rio Ruiz at third base
        • A. Meadows: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Meadows walked
        • Mychal Givens relieved Richard Bleier
        • Guillermo Heredia ran for Austin Meadows
        • T. Pham: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pham grounded into double play first to shortstop, Heredia out at second
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike swinging, Kiermaier lined out to center
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Emilio Pagan relieved Colin Poche
        • T. Mancini: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Mancini struck out swinging
        • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
        • P. Severino: Severino fouled out to catcher
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Shawn Armstrong relieved Jimmy Yacabonis
        • N. Lowe: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Lowe walked
        • M. Brosseau: Foul, Ball, Lowe to second on passed ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Brosseau walked
        • Richard Bleier relieved Shawn Armstrong
        • Avisail Garcia hit for Ji-Man Choi
        • A. Garcia: Garcia lined out to center
        • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Strike looking, Wendle grounded out to shortstop, Lowe to third, Brosseau to second
        • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Zunino grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Poche Pitching:
        • A. Santander: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Santander singled to right center
        • K. Broxton: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Broxton struck out looking
        • S. Wilkerson: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Wilkerson homered to center, Santander scored
        • R. Martin: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Martin flied out to right
        • H. Alberto: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Alberto struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Yacabonis Pitching:
        • A. Meadows: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Meadows walked
        • T. Pham: Pham lined out to right
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Kiermaier grounded out to second, Meadows to second
        • Y. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Diaz fouled out to first
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Andrew Kittredge relieved Brendan McKay
        • H. Alberto: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Alberto grounded out to second
        • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Mancini struck out swinging
        • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Nunez singled to deep left
        • P. Severino: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Severino singled to left, Nunez to second
        • Colin Poche relieved Andrew Kittredge
        • J. Villar: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Villar struck out looking
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Yacabonis Pitching:
        • J. Choi: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Choi struck out swinging
        • J. Wendle: Ball, Wendle lined out to first
        • M. Zunino: Ball, Zunino lined out to center
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. McKay Pitching:
        • J. Villar: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Villar singled to left center
        • A. Santander: Santander singled to right center, Villar to third
        • K. Broxton: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Broxton struck out swinging
        • S. Wilkerson: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Wilkerson struck out swinging
        • R. Martin: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Santander stole second, Martin grounded out to second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Yacabonis Pitching:
        • Y. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Diaz lined out to center
        • N. Lowe: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Lowe fouled out to first
        • M. Brosseau: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Brosseau struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. McKay Pitching:
        • T. Mancini: Mancini grounded out to pitcher
        • R. Nunez: Ball, Strike swinging, Nunez grounded out to pitcher
        • P. Severino: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Severino struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • A. Brooks Pitching:
        • J. Choi: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Choi struck out swinging
        • J. Wendle: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Wendle flied out to deep center
        • Jimmy Yacabonis relieved Aaron Brooks
        • M. Zunino: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Zunino homered to center
        • A. Meadows: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Meadows singled to deep right
        • T. Pham: Foul, Pham singled to center, Meadows to third
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Ball, Pham stole second, Kiermaier grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. McKay Pitching:
        • S. Wilkerson: Strike looking, Wilkerson lined out to left
        • R. Martin: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Martin popped out to second
        • H. Alberto: Ball, Foul, Alberto grounded out to second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • A. Brooks Pitching:
        • Y. Diaz: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
        • N. Lowe: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Lowe grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Brosseau: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Brosseau grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. McKay Pitching:
        • P. Severino: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Severino grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Villar: Strike looking, Foul, Villar singled to center
        • A. Santander: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Santander struck out swinging
        • K. Broxton: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Broxton struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • A. Brooks Pitching:
        • A. Meadows: Ball, Meadows flied out to deep left
        • T. Pham: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pham hit by pitch
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Ball, Foul, Kiermaier grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Pham out at second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. McKay Pitching:
        • H. Alberto: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Alberto grounded out to third
        • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Mancini struck out swinging
        • R. Nunez: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)