Rays hit 6 HRs, beat Orioles 12-4 after losing opener 2-1

BALTIMORE (AP) Limited to just one measly run by the Baltimore Orioles in the opener of a split doubleheader, the Tampa Bay Rays cranked up the offense to earn a satisfying split.

Michael Brosseau and Nate Lowe each hit two of Tampa Bay's season-high six home runs, and the Rays pounded out a 12-4 victory Saturday night after absorbing a 2-1 defeat hours earlier.

''It was good to see the guys bounce back, have plenty of energy,'' manager Kevin Cash said. ''You're going up against a really good pitcher. We could have been challenged and been quiet. But they stayed at it.''

Tampa Bay hit half their homers off All-Star John Means (7-5) and continued the assault against the Baltimore bullpen.

Brosseau hit a two-run drive in the second inning and a solo shot in the ninth. Lowe went deep with a man on in the sixth and the ninth. It was the first career multihomer game for both players.

Yandy Diaz and Tommy Pham also homered for the Rays, who have won four of five to move within six games of the first-place Yankees in the AL East. Tampa Bay opened this series with a 16-4 rout, then managed only three hits on Saturday afternoon - all of them in the third inning - before regrouping in the nightcap.

''I know we had a hiccup there in Game 1, but in two out of three games we've really, really swung the bats well,'' Cash noted.

In the opener, Stevie Wilkerson hit a two-run homer to in the seventh to propel the Orioles to victory.

Not long after that, Baltimore traded its winningest pitcher, Andrew Cashner, to Boston for two 17-year-old minor league prospects. The swap hammered home the point that this year is significant to the rebuilding Orioles only in how it relates to the future.

While the Rays chase their first postseason berth since 2013, Baltimore is staggering through a major overhaul and carrying the worst record in the big leagues (28-64).

''We're a million miles away from being where we're going to be here sometime soon,'' manager Brandon Hyde insisted.

Charlie Morton (11-2) allowed two runs and six hits over six innings in the second game, outdoing Means in a matchup of two pitchers who were selected to the AL All-Star squad but didn't get into the game.

In the opener, Mike Zunino hit his 100th career homer for a 1-0 lead in the third. The score stayed that way until Wilkerson connected on a 2-2 fastball from Colin Poche (2-2).

The homer came less than 24 hours after Wilkerson - an infielder/outfielder - pitched a perfect ninth in a mop-up role.

''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.''

Richard Bleier (1-0) worked the seventh and issued a leadoff walk in the eighth before Mychal Givens finished for his seventh save.

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 a run.

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) had a hit and three RBIs for Durham on Friday. The infielder will play several more games in the minors before being re-evaluated. ...

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

Rays: RHP Ryne Stanek (0-2) gets the call Sunday when the Rays seek to win their ninth series on the road compared to three losses and three splits.

Orioles: Cashner was the scheduled starter for Sunday, so Hyde will have to scramble to find a replacement.

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  • W: C. Morton (11-2)L: J. Means (7-5)
  • HR: TB - T. Pham (15), Y. Diaz (12), M. Brosseau 2 (3), N. Lowe 2 (5), BAL - H. Alberto (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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T. d'Arnaud C52200011.237.293.401.6954.5
Y. Diaz DH42211101.277.350.485.83610.0
A. Garcia RF42320011.280.334.447.7817.5
N. Lowe 1B52242013.286.352.571.92413.5
M. Brosseau 3B52332001.382.417.7651.18114.0
W. Adames SS50100001.239.299.385.6842.0
J. Wendle 2B30000012.198.274.257.5320.5
C. Morton P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    J. Villar SS50210011.265.330.422.7522.5
    D. Smith LF50000013.233.286.416.702-0.5
    A. Santander RF40000113.274.333.427.7610.5
    C. Sisco C41100023.269.380.612.9921.0
    R. Nunez DH41200010.246.308.505.8132.5
    C. Davis 1B30000122.184.268.321.5900.0
    S. Wilkerson CF40220012.223.267.408.6744.5
    R. Ruiz 3B41100013.237.306.339.6452.5
    H. Alberto 2B41211002.303.322.391.7137.0
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    D. Hess P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Pham (16), T. d'Arnaud (7), Y. Diaz (19), A. Garcia (15), W. Adames (14)
      • HR - T. Pham (15), Y. Diaz (12), N. Lowe 2 (5), M. Brosseau 2 (3)
      • SF - A. Garcia (2)
      • RBI - T. Pham 2 (42), Y. Diaz (34), A. Garcia 2 (45), N. Lowe 4 (11), M. Brosseau 3 (8)
      • 2-Out RBI - N. Lowe 2 (5), M. Brosseau 3 (7)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Pham 2 (2), T. d'Arnaud, N. Lowe, W. Adames
      BATTING
      • 2B - S. Wilkerson (8), R. Ruiz (8)
      • HR - H. Alberto (4)
      • RBI - J. Villar (39), S. Wilkerson 2 (25), H. Alberto (26)
      • 2-Out RBI - S. Wilkerson 2 (6)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Villar, A. Santander, C. Sisco 2 (2), S. Wilkerson 2 (2), R. Ruiz 2 (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - W. Adames (12)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Morton (W, 11-2)6.06221602.351.0422.0
      J. Faria1.11111112.251.630.5
      D. Castillo0.21000103.861.31-0.5
      A. Kolarek1.02110204.001.281.0
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Morton (W, 11-2)6.0
      J. Faria1.1
      D. Castillo0.2
      A. Kolarek1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Means (L, 7-5)6.08660432.941.091.0
      D. Hess2.05330217.151.59-1.0
      T. Scott1.023311211.422.31-2.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Means (L, 7-5)6.0
      D. Hess2.0
      T. Scott1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 97-64, J. Faria 33-18, D. Castillo 11-7, A. Kolarek 15-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 8-4, J. Faria 3-0, D. Castillo 1-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Morton 25, J. Faria 6, D. Castillo 3, A. Kolarek 5
      PITCHING
      • HBP - D. Hess
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Means 98-64, D. Hess 34-25, T. Scott 26-16
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Means 7-7, D. Hess 3-1, T. Scott 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Means 26, D. Hess 12, T. Scott 6
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      G. Heredia CF51000033.227.308.336.644-0.5
      T. Pham LF51221002.285.383.478.8609.0
      T. d'Arnaud C52200011.237.293.401.6954.5
      Y. Diaz DH42211101.277.350.485.83610.0
      A. Garcia RF42320011.280.334.447.7817.5
      N. Lowe 1B52242013.286.352.571.92413.5
      M. Brosseau 3B52332001.382.417.7651.18114.0
      W. Adames SS50100001.239.299.385.6842.0
      J. Wendle 2B30000012.198.274.257.5320.5
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      J. Faria P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Villar SS50210011.265.330.422.7522.5
        D. Smith LF50000013.233.286.416.702-0.5
        A. Santander RF40000113.274.333.427.7610.5
        C. Sisco C41100023.269.380.612.9921.0
        R. Nunez DH41200010.246.308.505.8132.5
        C. Davis 1B30000122.184.268.321.5900.0
        S. Wilkerson CF40220012.223.267.408.6744.5
        R. Ruiz 3B41100013.237.306.339.6452.5
        H. Alberto 2B41211002.303.322.391.7137.0
        J. Means P0000-000.0001.000.000.000-
        D. Hess P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        T. Scott P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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          BATTING
          • 2B - T. Pham (16), T. d'Arnaud (7), Y. Diaz (19), A. Garcia (15), W. Adames (14)
          • HR - T. Pham (15), Y. Diaz (12), N. Lowe 2 (5), M. Brosseau 2 (3)
          • SF - A. Garcia (2)
          • RBI - T. Pham 2 (42), Y. Diaz (34), A. Garcia 2 (45), N. Lowe 4 (11), M. Brosseau 3 (8)
          • 2-Out RBI - N. Lowe 2 (5), M. Brosseau 3 (7)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Pham 2 (2), T. d'Arnaud, N. Lowe, W. Adames
          BATTING
          • 2B - S. Wilkerson (8), R. Ruiz (8)
          • HR - H. Alberto (4)
          • RBI - J. Villar (39), S. Wilkerson 2 (25), H. Alberto (26)
          • 2-Out RBI - S. Wilkerson 2 (6)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Villar, A. Santander, C. Sisco 2 (2), S. Wilkerson 2 (2), R. Ruiz 2 (2)
          FIELDING
          • E - W. Adames (12)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Morton (W, 11-2)6.06221602.351.0422.0
          J. Faria1.11111112.251.630.5
          D. Castillo0.21000103.861.31-0.5
          A. Kolarek1.02110204.001.281.0
          Total9.010442101---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Morton (W, 11-2)6.0
          J. Faria1.1
          D. Castillo0.2
          A. Kolarek1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Means (L, 7-5)6.08660432.941.091.0
          D. Hess2.05330217.151.59-1.0
          T. Scott1.023311211.422.31-2.5
          Total9.0151212176---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Means (L, 7-5)6.0
          D. Hess2.0
          T. Scott1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 97-64, J. Faria 33-18, D. Castillo 11-7, A. Kolarek 15-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 8-4, J. Faria 3-0, D. Castillo 1-0
          • Batters Faced - C. Morton 25, J. Faria 6, D. Castillo 3, A. Kolarek 5
          PITCHING
          • HBP - D. Hess
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Means 98-64, D. Hess 34-25, T. Scott 26-16
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Means 7-7, D. Hess 3-1, T. Scott 1-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Means 26, D. Hess 12, T. Scott 6
          • 9TH INNING
            Villar singled to deep right, Ruiz scored124
            Brosseau homered to left123
            Lowe homered to left, Diaz scored113
          • 7TH INNING
            Alberto homered to center93
            Garcia hit sacrifice fly to right, d'Arnaud scored, Diaz to third92
            Pham homered to center, Heredia scored82
          • 6TH INNING
            Lowe homered to left center, Garcia scored62
            Garcia singled to left, d'Arnaud scored42
          • 4TH INNING
            Wilkerson singled to right, Sisco and Nunez scored, Davis to second32
            Diaz homered to left center30
          • 2ND INNING
            Brosseau homered to left center, Garcia scored20
          • 9TH INNING
            • Tayler Scott relieved David Hess
            • T. d'Arnaud: d'Arnaud flied out to deep right
            • Y. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Diaz walked
            • A. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
            • N. Lowe: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Lowe homered to left, Diaz scored
            • M. Brosseau: Brosseau homered to left
            • W. Adames: Ball, Ball, Foul, Adames grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 9th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Adam Kolarek relieved Diego Castillo
            • R. Ruiz: Foul, Ruiz doubled to deep right
            • H. Alberto: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Alberto flied out to center
            • J. Villar: Ball, Villar singled to deep right, Ruiz scored
            • D. Smith: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
            • A. Santander: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Santander struck out swinging
            • End of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • D. Hess Pitching:
            • M. Brosseau: Foul, Foul, Foul, Brosseau singled to left
            • W. Adames: Adames doubled to deep center, Brosseau to third
            • J. Wendle: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Wendle struck out swinging
            • G. Heredia: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Heredia struck out swinging
            • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pham grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Faria Pitching:
            • A. Santander: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Santander walked
            • C. Sisco: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Sisco reached on fielder's choice to second, Sisco to second, Santander out at second on shortstop Adames throwing error
            • Diego Castillo relieved Jake Faria
            • R. Nunez: Ball, Strike looking, Nunez singled to center, Sisco to third
            • C. Davis: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
            • S. Wilkerson: Foul, Wilkerson reached on fielder's choice to third, Nunez out at second
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
          • 7TH INNING
            • David Hess relieved John Means
            • J. Wendle: Ball, Ball, Wendle hit by pitch
            • G. Heredia: Heredia reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Wendle out at second
            • T. Pham: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pham homered to center, Heredia scored
            • T. d'Arnaud: d'Arnaud singled to left
            • Y. Diaz: Diaz doubled to deep right, d'Arnaud to third
            • A. Garcia: Garcia hit sacrifice fly to right, d'Arnaud scored, Diaz to third
            • N. Lowe: Strike looking, Lowe grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 7th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Jake Faria relieved Charlie Morton
            • R. Ruiz: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ruiz struck out swinging
            • H. Alberto: Ball, Ball, Alberto homered to center
            • J. Villar: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Villar grounded out to second
            • D. Smith: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Smith grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Means Pitching:
            • T. d'Arnaud: Ball, d'Arnaud doubled to deep left
            • Y. Diaz: Ball, Strike looking, Diaz grounded out to shortstop, d'Arnaud to third
            • A. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Garcia singled to left, d'Arnaud scored
            • N. Lowe: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Lowe homered to left center, Garcia scored
            • M. Brosseau: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Brosseau grounded out to shortstop
            • W. Adames: Ball, Adames grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 6th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Nunez grounded out to shortstop
            • C. Davis: Foul, Davis grounded out to second
            • S. Wilkerson: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Wilkerson struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Means Pitching:
            • J. Wendle: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Wendle fouled out to left
            • G. Heredia: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul tip, Heredia struck out on foul tip
            • T. Pham: Strike looking, Pham flied out to center
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • H. Alberto: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Alberto reached on an infield single to third
            • J. Villar: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Villar singled to left, Alberto to second
            • D. Smith: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Smith flied out to right
            • A. Santander: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Santander flied out to center
            • C. Sisco: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Sisco struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Means Pitching:
            • Y. Diaz: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Diaz homered to left center
            • A. Garcia: Ball, Garcia singled to left
            • N. Lowe: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Lowe struck out swinging
            • M. Brosseau: Ball, Ball, Brosseau grounded out to shortstop, Garcia to second
            • W. Adames: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Adames lined out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • D. Smith: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Smith grounded out to second
            • A. Santander: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Santander grounded out to second
            • C. Sisco: Sisco singled to left
            • R. Nunez: Ball, Nunez singled to left center, Sisco to third
            • C. Davis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Davis walked, Nunez to second
            • S. Wilkerson: Wilkerson singled to right, Sisco and Nunez scored, Davis to second
            • R. Ruiz: Ruiz grounded out to second
            • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Means Pitching:
            • J. Wendle: Foul, Wendle grounded out to second
            • G. Heredia: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Heredia struck out swinging
            • T. Pham: Ball, Pham doubled to deep left
            • T. d'Arnaud: Ball, d'Arnaud fouled out to first
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • S. Wilkerson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Wilkerson doubled to deep right
            • R. Ruiz: Ball, Ruiz grounded out to first, Wilkerson to third
            • H. Alberto: Alberto flied out to right
            • J. Villar: Strike looking, Foul, Villar flied out to left
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Means Pitching:
            • Y. Diaz: Foul, Ball, Diaz grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Garcia: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Garcia doubled to deep right
            • N. Lowe: Lowe fouled out to catcher
            • M. Brosseau: Ball, Brosseau homered to left center, Garcia scored
            • W. Adames: Adames grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • C. Sisco: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Sisco struck out swinging
            • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Nunez struck out looking
            • C. Davis: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Means Pitching:
            • G. Heredia: Ball, Heredia flied out to shallow right
            • T. Pham: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pham lined out to center
            • T. d'Arnaud: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, d'Arnaud struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • J. Villar: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Villar struck out swinging
            • D. Smith: Foul, Ball, Ball, Smith grounded out to first
            • A. Santander: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Santander grounded out to first
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)