Alvarado suspects injury after Rays' 7-1 loss to Orioles

BALTIMORE (AP) Starting for the first time in his career did nothing to turn around a sub-standard season for Tampa Bay left-hander Jose Alvarado.

Maybe a doctor's exam will provide answers why the hard-throwing reliever has lost his effectiveness.

Alvarado retired only one batter before being lifted in the first inning, Austin Pruitt allowed three home runs and the Rays fell to the Baltimore Orioles 7-1 Saturday night.

Pedro Severino hit his first career grand slam for the Orioles, who took control against Alvarado and ended a run of four straight losses to Tampa Bay.

Alvarado opened for the Rays after pitching in relief 139 times over three seasons. It's been a rough season for the lefty, and his problems continued in this unfamiliar role.

Alvarado (1-6) lasted for only 24 pitches, 15 of them out of the strike zone. He walked three, threw two wild pitches and was pulled with runners at second and third with a 3-0 count on Severino.

''He had no chance to throw the ball over the plate at that point,'' manager Kevin Cash said. ''I didn't want another run to come in from a wild pitch.''

Cash said Alvarado will be sent back to Florida to receive an MRI on his left arm.

''He's hurt, complaining of some elbow issues,'' Cash said, adding that Alvarado is probably headed to the injured list.

''This is unfortunate. It's been an unfortunate season to date (for Alvarado),'' Cash said. ''We'll let the doctors check him out.''

After Alvarado left, Pruitt got Severino to hit into a double play to end the inning. Though Alvarado was charged with only one run, his ERA climbed to 4.80 - compared to 2.39 over 70 games last season.

''I felt a little pain today after that outing. I didn't expect it,'' Alvarado said through an interpreter. ''But the way this season is going, it's another thing that's been happening. I just got to hope there's nothing major going on and that I can come back.''

Michael Brosseau homered for the Rays, who won 11 of their previous 12 away games and came in with the best road record in the majors. Tampa Bay took the first two games of the series against the last-place Orioles to move atop the AL wild-card race.

Orioles starter John Means (9-9) allowed one run and five hits over seven innings to end a streak of four straight losing starts. He struck out seven and walked none.

''I just thought he had everything working,'' Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said. ''Really made just one bad pitch.''

After Pruitt got the best of Severino in the first inning, the catcher got a second chance with the bases filled in the third and sent an 0-1 pitch into the left-field seats.

''I feel great because I helped the team,'' Severino said. ''I got the one pitch up in the zone and I got a great swing on it.''

In the fourth, Hanser Alberto hit a solo shot and Jonathan Villar connected on the following pitch for a 7-0 lead.

A SOUVENIR

Baltimore's Renato Nunez notched his first career steal in the third inning, taking second base standing up while the Rays focused on Alberto moving toward home from the third base.

Nunez showed his sense of humor by calling for time, bending down and reaching for the bottom of the bag, pretending to pull it out for a souvenir.

EADES GETS A LOOK

The Orioles recalled rookie reliever Ryan Eades from Triple-A Norfolk, 10 days after claiming the former second-round pick on waivers from Minnesota.

''He's fortunate we're in the situation we're in,'' Hyde said. ''He's got an opportunity to pitch in the big leagues.''

Baltimore optioned LHP Ty Blach to Norfolk on Friday night.

RAYS MOVES

Tampa Bay activated OF Avisail Garcia (oblique strain) from the 10-day injured list, recalled Pruitt from Triple-A Durham and optioned OF Guillermo Heredia and RHP Aaron Slegers to Durham. This is Pruitt's ninth stint with Tampa Bay this season.

MANCINI SLUMP

Trey Mancini, who leads the Orioles with 29 homers and 74 RBIs, got the night off following a tough stretch at the plate.

Mancini was 6 for 36 (.167) with no home runs and just four RBIs over his 10 previous games. He was batting .282 on Aug. 1 and now stands at .270.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: Garcia (.278, 17 HRs, 57 RBIs) was inserted immediately into the cleanup spot. ''We missed his presence in the lineup,'' Cash said. ''He's having a good year. Let's see if we can get him to pick up right where he left off.'' ... 2B Joey Wendle (wrist) had Saturday off from his rehab stint with Durham. There is no timetable for his return.

UP NEXT

Rays: Cash declined to name his starter for Sunday's series finale.

Orioles: Dylan Bundy (5-13, 5.03) is 0-2 in 3 five starts since July 23 but has lowered his ERA during that span.

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  • W: J. Means (9-9)L: J. Alvarado (1-6)
  • HR: TB - M. Brosseau (6), BAL - J. Villar (19), H. Alberto (10), P. Severino (11)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Duffy 3B40000011.234.308.287.595-0.5
T. Pham LF40200001.269.372.454.8253.0
A. Meadows DH40100012.278.347.531.8791.5
A. Garcia RF40000013.275.332.454.786-0.5
T. d'Arnaud C40100010.245.313.434.7470.5
J. Aguilar 1B40000023.240.332.380.712-1.0
K. Kiermaier CF40000010.242.283.424.707-0.5
W. Adames SS30000020.251.312.408.719-1.0
M. Brosseau 2B31211000.285.323.488.8117.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    H. Alberto 2B33211100.313.336.440.77710.0
    S. Wilkerson CF00000000.225.272.396.6680.0
    J. Villar SS-2B41211011.278.349.462.8116.5
    A. Santander CF-RF40000022.273.314.469.783-1.0
    R. Nunez DH31200110.246.316.479.7955.5
    D. Stewart RF11000210.226.293.283.5763.5
    R. Martin SS00000000.198.256.296.5520.0
    P. Severino C41141005.251.324.426.7509.0
    J. Peterson LF40000002.215.267.333.6010.0
    C. Davis 1B40000002.174.264.304.5680.0
    R. Ruiz 3B30000020.240.310.362.673-1.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Pham (23), A. Meadows (22)
      • HR - M. Brosseau (6)
      • RBI - M. Brosseau (16)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Brosseau (14)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Pham, A. Garcia 2 (2), J. Aguilar 3 (3)
      BATTING
      • HR - H. Alberto (10), J. Villar (19), P. Severino (11)
      • RBI - H. Alberto (44), J. Villar (59), P. Severino 4 (34)
      • 2-Out RBI - H. Alberto (22), J. Villar (25), P. Severino 4 (14)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Davis 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - R. Nunez
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Adames-Brosseau-Aguilar)
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Peterson (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Alvarado (L, 1-6)0.11113004.801.87-10.0
      A. Pruitt5.25661635.571.366.0
      A. Kittredge1.00000103.821.273.5
      C. Roe1.01000003.711.512.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Alvarado (L, 1-6)0.1
      A. Pruitt5.2
      A. Kittredge1.0
      C. Roe1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Means (W, 9-9)7.05110713.611.1828.5
      H. Harvey1.01000100.000.672.5
      M. Givens1.00000104.351.193.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Means (W, 9-9)7.0
      H. Harvey1.0
      M. Givens1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Alvarado 2 (8)
      • IBB - J. Alvarado (3)
      • HBP - C. Roe
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Alvarado 24-9, A. Pruitt 83-57, A. Kittredge 11-8, C. Roe 17-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Alvarado 1-0, A. Pruitt 5-5, A. Kittredge 2-0, C. Roe 1-2
      • Batters Faced - J. Alvarado 5, A. Pruitt 22, A. Kittredge 3, C. Roe 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Means 100-70, H. Harvey 20-14, M. Givens 8-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Means 2-13, H. Harvey 1-1, M. Givens 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Means 27, H. Harvey 4, M. Givens 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Duffy 3B40000011.234.308.287.595-0.5
      T. Pham LF40200001.269.372.454.8253.0
      A. Meadows DH40100012.278.347.531.8791.5
      A. Garcia RF40000013.275.332.454.786-0.5
      T. d'Arnaud C40100010.245.313.434.7470.5
      J. Aguilar 1B40000023.240.332.380.712-1.0
      K. Kiermaier CF40000010.242.283.424.707-0.5
      W. Adames SS30000020.251.312.408.719-1.0
      M. Brosseau 2B31211000.285.323.488.8117.0
      Total3416110910-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        H. Alberto 2B33211100.313.336.440.77710.0
        S. Wilkerson CF00000000.225.272.396.6680.0
        J. Villar SS-2B41211011.278.349.462.8116.5
        A. Santander CF-RF40000022.273.314.469.783-1.0
        R. Nunez DH31200110.246.316.479.7955.5
        D. Stewart RF11000210.226.293.283.5763.5
        R. Martin SS00000000.198.256.296.5520.0
        P. Severino C41141005.251.324.426.7509.0
        J. Peterson LF40000002.215.267.333.6010.0
        C. Davis 1B40000002.174.264.304.5680.0
        R. Ruiz 3B30000020.240.310.362.673-1.0
        Total3187636812-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - T. Pham (23), A. Meadows (22)
          • HR - M. Brosseau (6)
          • RBI - M. Brosseau (16)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Brosseau (14)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Pham, A. Garcia 2 (2), J. Aguilar 3 (3)
          BATTING
          • HR - H. Alberto (10), J. Villar (19), P. Severino (11)
          • RBI - H. Alberto (44), J. Villar (59), P. Severino 4 (34)
          • 2-Out RBI - H. Alberto (22), J. Villar (25), P. Severino 4 (14)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Davis 2 (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - R. Nunez
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Adames-Brosseau-Aguilar)
          FIELDING
          • E - J. Peterson (3)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Alvarado (L, 1-6)0.11113004.801.87-10.0
          A. Pruitt5.25661635.571.366.0
          A. Kittredge1.00000103.821.273.5
          C. Roe1.01000003.711.512.0
          Total8.0777473---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Alvarado (L, 1-6)0.1
          A. Pruitt5.2
          A. Kittredge1.0
          C. Roe1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Means (W, 9-9)7.05110713.611.1828.5
          H. Harvey1.01000100.000.672.5
          M. Givens1.00000104.351.193.5
          Total9.0611091---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Means (W, 9-9)7.0
          H. Harvey1.0
          M. Givens1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - J. Alvarado 2 (8)
          • IBB - J. Alvarado (3)
          • HBP - C. Roe
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Alvarado 24-9, A. Pruitt 83-57, A. Kittredge 11-8, C. Roe 17-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Alvarado 1-0, A. Pruitt 5-5, A. Kittredge 2-0, C. Roe 1-2
          • Batters Faced - J. Alvarado 5, A. Pruitt 22, A. Kittredge 3, C. Roe 5
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Means 100-70, H. Harvey 20-14, M. Givens 8-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Means 2-13, H. Harvey 1-1, M. Givens 1-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Means 27, H. Harvey 4, M. Givens 3
          • 5TH INNING
            Brosseau homered to left17
          • 4TH INNING
            Villar homered to right center07
            Alberto homered to left center06
          • 3RD INNING
            Severino homered to left center, Alberto, Nunez and Stewart scored05
          • 1ST INNING
            Alberto scored, Villar to second on wild pitch01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Stevie Wilkerson in center field
            • Richie Martin at shortstop
            • Mychal Givens relieved Hunter Harvey
            • T. d'Arnaud: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, d'Arnaud struck out swinging
            • J. Aguilar: Aguilar lined out to center
            • K. Kiermaier: Foul, Ball, Foul, Kiermaier grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Hunter Harvey relieved John Means
            • M. Duffy: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Duffy struck out looking
            • T. Pham: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pham flied out to right
            • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Meadows doubled to center
            • A. Garcia: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Garcia grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Chaz Roe relieved Andrew Kittredge
            • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Nunez singled to center
            • D. Stewart: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Stewart hit by pitch, Nunez to second
            • P. Severino: Ball, Severino popped out to second
            • J. Peterson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Peterson flied out to center
            • C. Davis: Ball, Strike looking, Davis grounded out to second
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • J. Means Pitching:
            • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Kiermaier struck out looking
            • W. Adames: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Adames struck out swinging
            • M. Brosseau: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Brosseau grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Andrew Kittredge relieved Austin Pruitt
            • H. Alberto: Strike looking, Alberto grounded out to third
            • J. Villar: Ball, Foul, Villar grounded out to pitcher
            • A. Santander: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Santander struck out looking
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Means Pitching:
            • T. Pham: Pham reached on an infield single to pitcher
            • A. Meadows: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Meadows flied out to left
            • A. Garcia: Garcia flied out to center
            • T. d'Arnaud: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, d'Arnaud singled to left, Pham to second
            • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Aguilar struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Pruitt Pitching:
            • J. Peterson: Strike looking, Ball, Peterson fouled out to left
            • C. Davis: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Davis grounded out to second
            • R. Ruiz: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Ruiz struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Means Pitching:
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Kiermaier flied out to left
            • W. Adames: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Adames struck out swinging
            • M. Brosseau: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Brosseau homered to left
            • M. Duffy: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Duffy lined out to second
            • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Pruitt Pitching:
            • R. Nunez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Nunez struck out looking
            • D. Stewart: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Stewart struck out looking
            • P. Severino: Severino flied out to center
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Means Pitching:
            • A. Meadows: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Meadows struck out swinging
            • A. Garcia: Garcia lined out to right
            • T. d'Arnaud: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, d'Arnaud safe at first on left fielder Peterson fielding error, d'Arnaud to second
            • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Aguilar flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
            • A. Pruitt Pitching:
            • C. Davis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Davis flied out to deep right
            • R. Ruiz: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Ruiz struck out swinging
            • H. Alberto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Alberto homered to left center
            • J. Villar: Villar homered to right center
            • A. Santander: Strike looking, Ball, Santander lined out to center
            • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Means Pitching:
            • W. Adames: Foul, Adames popped out to shortstop
            • M. Brosseau: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Brosseau singled to center
            • M. Duffy: Strike looking, Ball, Duffy flied out to deep right
            • T. Pham: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pham flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Pruitt Pitching:
            • H. Alberto: Strike looking, Foul, Alberto singled to center
            • J. Villar: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Villar struck out looking
            • A. Santander: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Santander struck out swinging
            • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Nunez singled to right, Alberto to third
            • D. Stewart: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Nunez stole second, Ball, Ball, Ball, Stewart walked
            • P. Severino: Foul, Severino homered to left center, Alberto, Nunez and Stewart scored
            • J. Peterson: Strike looking, Peterson grounded out to second
            • End of the 3rd (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Means Pitching:
            • T. d'Arnaud: d'Arnaud flied out to right
            • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Aguilar struck out looking
            • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Kiermaier popped out to third
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Pruitt Pitching:
            • J. Peterson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Peterson grounded out to first
            • C. Davis: Strike looking, Davis grounded out to second
            • R. Ruiz: Strike looking, Ruiz flied out to center
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Means Pitching:
            • M. Duffy: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Duffy grounded out to shortstop
            • T. Pham: Pham doubled to deep right
            • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Meadows flied out to left
            • A. Garcia: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Alvarado Pitching:
            • H. Alberto: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Alberto walked
            • J. Villar: Ball, Strike looking, Villar singled to center, Alberto to third
            • A. Santander: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Alberto scored, Villar to second on wild pitch, Santander grounded out to shortstop
            • R. Nunez: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Nunez walked
            • D. Stewart: Ball, Villar to third, Nunez to second on wild pitch, Ball, Ball
            • Stewart intentionally walked
            • P. Severino: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Severino grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Stewart out at second
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)