Perfect for 8 innings, Rays settle for 4-1 win over Orioles

BALTIMORE (AP) Zipping through the Baltimore Orioles' lineup with incredible ease, Ryan Yarbrough was blissfully unaware of his role in a potentially historic performance until the Tampa Bay Rays left-hander was deep into the finest outing of his baseball career.

After taking over for Ryne Stanek in the third inning Sunday, Yarbrough was poised to be part of the major leagues' first combined perfect game.

''I was so locked in, not until I went out there in the eighth to warm up and I heard a kid yell, `Don't blow it,' did I realize what the situation was,'' Yarbrough said.

Hanser Alberto beat the shift with a leadoff opposite-field single in the ninth inning, wrecking history in the making and taking some of the edge off Tampa Bay's 4-1 victory.

Mixing a cut fastball with a sinker and a deceptive changeup, Yarbrough was literally unhittable - until the ninth.

''Man, that would have been cool, but I can't get upset about the hit against the shift,'' Yarbrough said. ''It has helped me so much in the past.''

Tampa Bay's try for the combo perfecto came two days after a pair of Los Angeles Angels pitchers teamed up for a no-hitter while wearing the jerseys of late teammate Tyler Skaggs.

Though they've only got a total of 26 wins between them, Stanek and Yarbrough sure looked like All-Stars on this day.

''Both of them were really impressive,'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said. ''Stanek was in the zone and established pitches, and Yarbrough came in and picked right up. A fun game to be part of.''

The bid for perfection ended when the right-handed hitting Alberto - batting around .400 against lefties - pushed a grounder to the right side , precisely where the second baseman usually stands.

''Finally, we get it,'' Alberto said. ''We were trying to get the whole game. He was pitching really good, a really good performance, pitching in and out.''

Stevie Wilkerson followed with a single, and an RBI single by Anthony Santander off Oliver Drake enabled Baltimore to break up the shutout.

Emilio Pagan struck out Trey Mancini for his sixth save, and the Rays followed with an obligatory celebration that could have been far more enthusiastic had the team completed the perfect game.

''See if we can do it again next time,'' Cash said with a grin.

The franchise's only no-hitter was on July 26, 2010, by Matt Garza against Detroit.

Recalled from Triple-A Durham before the game, Yarbrough had already had three stints with Tampa Bay this season while shuffling between the minors and big leagues. In his last outing before this one, the lefty yielded six runs in five innings for Durham against Gwinnett.

Yes, Gwinnett.

This time, Yarbrough (8-3) was nearly perfect . Baltimore hit only five balls out of the infield against the 6-foot-5 southpaw, all of them becoming routine outs.

The only hard-hit balls against Stanek came in succession in the second inning. Pedro Severino hit a liner to second baseman Joey Wendle, who was standing behind the base as part of a shift to the left side of the infield

Chris Davis followed with a line drive to third baseman Michael Brosseau.

''Stanek was just dominating,'' Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. ''Yarbrough, that was the best I've ever seen him.''

Brosseau and Austin Meadows homered off Tom Eshelman (0-2) as the Rays won three of four from the Orioles, who own the worst record in the majors.

It's been a tough season for Baltimore, but on this day the struggling team at least avoided making 27 outs without getting a man on base.

''I saw a little frustration from our guys, which is OK. They're showing some emotion about being embarrassed,'' Hyde said. ''You're just hoping and wishing somebody is going to get a hit.''

COLD IN JULY

Mancini went 0 for 4 and is hitless in his last 24 at-bats, the longest drought of his career. He's 3 for 33 in July after batting .308 in June.

ROTATION ISSUES

With Alex Cobb and Dylan Bundy on the injured list, the trade of Andrew Cashner has intensified a problem Hyde has faced all season: filling out the rotation.

The Orioles have used 15 different starters this season, and the shuffling probably won't stop any time soon.

''I've never had to deal with the rotation stuff we've had this year,'' Hyde said. ''That's been challenging, piecing together a rotation instead of rolling out five guys. We've had just a mixed bag of, who can do this now?''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: Cash offered no update on RHP Tyler Glasnow, who has been out since May 11 with a strained right forearm. He was eligible to come off the 60-day IL on July 10.

Orioles: Bundy (right knee tendinitis) should be ready to return on July 23 after spending the minimum time on the 10-day IL, Hyde said.

UP NEXT

Rays: Blake Snell (5-7, 4.70 ERA) starts Monday night in the opener of a four-game series at Yankee Stadium. The lefty is 3-6 with a 4.62 ERA in 15 career starts against New York.

Orioles: After taking Monday off, the Orioles begin a two-game series with the neighboring Washington Nationals on Tuesday night.

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  • W: R. Yarbrough (8-3)L: T. Eshelman (0-1)S: E. Pagan (6)
  • HR: TB - A. Meadows (13), M. Brosseau (4)
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    • a-struck out for Martin in the 9th
    BATTING
    • HR - A. Meadows (13), M. Brosseau (4)
    • SF - J. Wendle (2)
    • RBI - A. Meadows (43), M. Brosseau 2 (10), J. Wendle (8)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Brosseau 2 (9)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Wendle, M. Zunino 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • RBI - A. Santander (16)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Santander (10)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Mancini 2 (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Villar-Martin-Davis)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    R. Stanek2.00000203.141.127.0
    R. Yarbrough (W, 8-3)6.12110604.260.9828.0
    O. Drake (H, 4)0.11000003.861.19-1.0
    E. Pagan (S, 6)0.10000101.690.807.5
    PITCHERSIP
    R. Stanek2.0
    R. Yarbrough (W, 8-3)6.1
    O. Drake (H, 4)0.1
    E. Pagan (S, 6)0.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Eshelman (L, 0-1)5.25441725.061.223.5
    P. Fry1.20002304.101.212.5
    R. Bleier0.20000006.831.450.0
    S. Armstrong1.00001105.461.502.5
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Eshelman (L, 0-1)5.2
    P. Fry1.2
    R. Bleier0.2
    S. Armstrong1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - E. Pagan (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - R. Stanek 31-19, R. Yarbrough 82-57, O. Drake 4-2, E. Pagan 5-3
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Stanek 1-3, R. Yarbrough 8-5, O. Drake 1-0
    • Batters Faced - R. Stanek 6, R. Yarbrough 21, O. Drake 2, E. Pagan
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Eshelman 100-66, P. Fry 32-19, R. Bleier 2-2, S. Armstrong 23-15
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Eshelman 3-7, R. Bleier 1-0, S. Armstrong 1-1
    • Batters Faced - T. Eshelman 23, P. Fry 7, R. Bleier, S. Armstrong 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    T. Pham LF30000100.282.381.474.8551.0
    K. Kiermaier CF30000110.251.297.437.7350.5
    N. Lowe DH42200012.299.360.567.9273.5
    M. Brosseau 3B41221010.395.425.8161.2417.5
    J. Choi 1B20000200.261.351.416.7672.0
    W. Adames SS40000034.236.296.381.676-1.5
    J. Wendle 2B30010021.192.265.250.5150.0
    M. Zunino C30000022.182.234.335.569-1.0
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Villar 2B40000022.262.327.417.743-1.0
      A. Santander LF40110020.273.331.421.7521.0
      T. Mancini RF40000012.281.340.500.840-0.5
      R. Nunez DH30000000.244.305.500.8050.0
      P. Severino C30000000.267.332.466.7980.0
      C. Davis 1B30000010.181.265.317.581-0.5
      H. Alberto 3B31100000.303.322.390.7122.0
      S. Wilkerson CF30100020.225.268.406.6740.0
      R. Martin SS20000000.160.219.273.4920.0
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      T. Eshelman P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      • a-struck out for Martin in the 9th
      BATTING
      • HR - A. Meadows (13), M. Brosseau (4)
      • SF - J. Wendle (2)
      • RBI - A. Meadows (43), M. Brosseau 2 (10), J. Wendle (8)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Brosseau 2 (9)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Wendle, M. Zunino 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • RBI - A. Santander (16)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Santander (10)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Mancini 2 (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Villar-Martin-Davis)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Stanek2.00000203.141.127.0
      R. Yarbrough (W, 8-3)6.12110604.260.9828.0
      O. Drake (H, 4)0.11000003.861.19-1.0
      E. Pagan (S, 6)0.10000101.690.807.5
      Total9.0311090---
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Stanek2.0
      R. Yarbrough (W, 8-3)6.1
      O. Drake (H, 4)0.1
      E. Pagan (S, 6)0.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Eshelman (L, 0-1)5.25441725.061.223.5
      P. Fry1.20002304.101.212.5
      R. Bleier0.20000006.831.450.0
      S. Armstrong1.00001105.461.502.5
      Total9.05444112---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Eshelman (L, 0-1)5.2
      P. Fry1.2
      R. Bleier0.2
      S. Armstrong1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - E. Pagan (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Stanek 31-19, R. Yarbrough 82-57, O. Drake 4-2, E. Pagan 5-3
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Stanek 1-3, R. Yarbrough 8-5, O. Drake 1-0
      • Batters Faced - R. Stanek 6, R. Yarbrough 21, O. Drake 2, E. Pagan
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Eshelman 100-66, P. Fry 32-19, R. Bleier 2-2, S. Armstrong 23-15
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Eshelman 3-7, R. Bleier 1-0, S. Armstrong 1-1
      • Batters Faced - T. Eshelman 23, P. Fry 7, R. Bleier, S. Armstrong 4
      • 9TH INNING
        Santander singled to right center, Alberto scored, Villar to third41
      • 6TH INNING
        Brosseau homered to right center, Lowe scored40
      • 3RD INNING
        Meadows homered to right20
      • 2ND INNING
        Wendle hit sacrifice fly to right, Lowe scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Shawn Armstrong relieved Richard Bleier
        • M. Brosseau: Ball, Foul, Brosseau lined out to right
        • J. Choi: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Choi walked
        • W. Adames: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Adames struck out on foul tip
        • J. Wendle: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Wendle grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
        • H. Alberto: Alberto singled to shallow right center
        • S. Wilkerson: Wilkerson singled to shallow center, Alberto to second
        • Chance Sisco hit for Richie Martin
        • C. Sisco: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Sisco struck out looking
        • Oliver Drake relieved Ryan Yarbrough
        • J. Villar: Ball, Villar reached on fielder's choice to second, Alberto to third, Wilkerson out at second
        • A. Santander: Ball, Santander singled to right center, Alberto scored, Villar to third
        • Emilio Pagan relieved Oliver Drake
        • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Santander to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Mancini struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • P. Fry Pitching:
        • A. Meadows: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Meadows flied out to left
        • T. Pham: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pham walked
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Kiermaier walked, Pham to second
        • Richard Bleier relieved Paul Fry
        • N. Lowe: Strike looking, Lowe grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Kiermaier out at second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
        • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Nunez flied out to shallow center
        • P. Severino: Ball, Foul, Severino grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Davis grounded out to second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • P. Fry Pitching:
        • W. Adames: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Adames struck out swinging
        • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Wendle struck out swinging
        • M. Zunino: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Zunino struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
        • J. Villar: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Villar struck out looking
        • A. Santander: Santander flied out to shallow left
        • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Mancini lined out to right
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • T. Eshelman Pitching:
        • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pham grounded out to third
        • K. Kiermaier: Kiermaier flied out to left
        • N. Lowe: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Lowe singled to shallow center
        • M. Brosseau: Foul, Ball, Brosseau homered to right center, Lowe scored
        • Paul Fry relieved Tom Eshelman
        • J. Choi: Choi fouled out to left
        • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
        • H. Alberto: Strike looking, Alberto grounded out to third
        • S. Wilkerson: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Wilkerson struck out swinging
        • R. Martin: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Martin grounded out to second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • T. Eshelman Pitching:
        • J. Wendle: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Wendle struck out swinging
        • M. Zunino: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Zunino flied out to center
        • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Meadows struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
        • R. Nunez: Nunez grounded out to pitcher
        • P. Severino: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Severino grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Davis: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • T. Eshelman Pitching:
        • M. Brosseau: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Brosseau struck out swinging
        • J. Choi: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Choi popped out to shortstop
        • W. Adames: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Adames grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
        • J. Villar: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Villar grounded out to second
        • A. Santander: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Santander struck out swinging
        • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Mancini lined out to center
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • T. Eshelman Pitching:
        • A. Meadows: Ball, Ball, Meadows homered to right
        • T. Pham: Strike looking, Pham lined out to third
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
        • N. Lowe: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Lowe struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Ryan Yarbrough relieved Ryne Stanek
        • H. Alberto: Ball, Strike swinging, Alberto lined out to left
        • S. Wilkerson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Wilkerson struck out swinging
        • R. Martin: Strike looking, Ball, Martin grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • T. Eshelman Pitching:
        • N. Lowe: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Lowe singled to shallow center
        • M. Brosseau: Strike looking, Foul, Brosseau singled to right, Lowe to third
        • J. Choi: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Choi walked, Brosseau to second
        • W. Adames: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Adames struck out looking
        • J. Wendle: Ball, Wendle hit sacrifice fly to right, Lowe scored
        • M. Zunino: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Zunino struck out looking
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Stanek Pitching:
        • R. Nunez: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Nunez flied out to left
        • P. Severino: Ball, Ball, Ball, Severino lined out to second
        • C. Davis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Davis lined out to third
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • T. Eshelman Pitching:
        • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Meadows lined out to center
        • T. Pham: Ball, Strike looking, Pham grounded out to third
        • K. Kiermaier: Kiermaier popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Stanek Pitching:
        • J. Villar: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Villar struck out swinging
        • A. Santander: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Santander struck out swinging
        • T. Mancini: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mancini grounded out to third
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)