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Rickard hits tiebreaking double in 9th, Orioles top Rays 8-5

The Orioles get Monday off before a three-game set at Toronto, and the Rays are off Monday before opening an eight-game road swing with three against the Pittsburgh Pirates.The Tampa Bay Rays grabbed a 5-3 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning on a Evan Longoria three run homer.Starting pitching has been a sore spot for Baltimore, which gave up at least five runs in 20 straight games – the longest such streak in 93 years. In this 20 game stretch, the Orioles have been 6-14, including this being their third straight loss to put them at 35-38 for the season. Relievers Donnie Hart and Mychal Givens combined to keep the Rays scoreless over the final two innings.Give me the Rays to win this game. “He did a nice job kind of quieting our hot bats”.Tampa Bay set a team mark with their major league-leading 10th set of back-to-back homers this season.Robinson Chirinos also went deep and Elvis Andrus had a pair of run-scoring hits for the Rangers, who rebounded quickly from a hard defeat that ended at 12:19 a.m. Peterson hit a two-run home run in the third, and then Norris did the same to chase Jimenez.It was his 9th career homer against Tillman and his 37th career homer against the Orioles. On the surface, it was just the team’s 36th win of the year, but in actuality, it was much more than that; it was the first time in the team’s last 21 games that the pitching staff allowed fewer than five runs. Brugman was playing in his 15th game in the major leagues. Can Tillman finally get his season on track at the Trop?Jimenez allowed nine runs on seven hits before his early exit. Troy Tulowitzki and Pillar homered off Vargas. The Rays hadn’t lost a home series since they dropped three of four to the Royals in early May.For Olson, this was his 19th major league game and a fourth stint with the Athletics in the last two seasons.One night after Chicago routed Miami 11-1, Urena (6-2) held the Cubs to five hits and three walks.He allowed a second homer to Trey Mancini in the sixth inning. “You come out and walk the first two guys, it doesn’t bode well”.Chris Archer (6-4) wasn’t especially sharp for Tampa Bay but the right-hander didn’t have to be with the Rays posting a season-high for runs.Minnesota used five pitchers in the win. He threw 106 pitches in 4 2/3 innings.SAN FRANCISCO – Jacob deGrom pitched eight strong innings and Wilmer Flores hit a home run and drove in two runs as NY defeated San Francisco. Left-hander Wade Miley’s 4.48 ERA looks docile compared to the 8.39 of Chris Tillman in nine starts or 7.26 of Ubaldo Jimenez in 10 starts or 6.47 of Kevin Gausman in 16 starts.The Giants, who are on pace to lose more than 100 games for the first time since arriving on the West Coast, continued their freefall.NATIONALS 6, REDS 5 (10) Bryce Harper singled in the winning run in the 10th inning, Brian Goodwin homered twice and host Washington got a solid performance from its bullpen in a victory over Cincinnati. He hit his home run in the second inning.The real business went down in the later innings.Wade Davis completed the four-hitter with a 1-2-3 ninth for his 15th save. The closer could return July 5.Daniel Murphy had four RBIs for the Nationals. Taylor added a solo shot in the sixth.It was the fifth homer for Jaso, who pounced on a changeup over the middle of the plate from Seung Hwan Oh (1-4) and drilled it 406 feet into the seats in right-center field. “For me, it’s just do what I can do, do the best I can do and whatever happens, happens”.