Rays scratch starter, use 5 relievers to 2-hit Orioles - Cable ONE

BALTIMORE (AP) - Facing the prospect of a lengthy rain delay, Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash scratched his starting pitcher and called on his bullpen for nine innings of work.

The relievers happily - and effectively - completed the task.

Substitute starter Austin Pruitt combined with four pitchers on a two-hitter, and the Rays capitalized on Wade Miley's wildness in a 2-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night

Pruitt allowed one hit in three innings. Danny Farquhar followed by getting two outs, Jumbo Diaz went 1 1/3 innings, Chase Whitley (1-0) contributed three perfect innings and Alex Colome worked the ninth for his fifth save.

"Obviously, the But he worked out in our favor, "Cash said. "All of the bullpen did a tremendous job of stepping up."

Tampa Bay pitchers retired 17 straight batters before Chris Davis drew a two-out walk in the ninth. Colome then struck out Mark Trumbo to end it.

"I think it was an unbelievable job by the guys in front of me," Whitley said. "Pruitt set the tone and did a really good job of getting out of it early."

Baltimore's lone hits were a double by Jonathan Schoop in the second and an infield single by Davis in the fourth. p>

"They pitched real well," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "There's a lot of excuses if you want to reach for them, but we're not going to."

"It will be nice to get outside," he said. "Hopefully we can get some work (Wednesday) and swing the bats better."

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Miley (1-1) gave up only four hits in seven innings, striking out eight. But the lefty issued six walks, including three in the pivotal fourth inning when Tampa Bay went up 2-0.

After Rickie Weeks Jr. and Logan Morrison walked with one out, Tim Beckham hit an RBI single and Derek Norris added a run-scoring fly ball.

"I gave us a chance," Miley said. "Their guys did a great job of making pitches tonight, and overall the walks obviously hurt in the fourth inning."

Steven Souza Jr. had three hits for the Rays, now 2 -7 on the road. Tampa Bay has drawn 14 walks in the first two games of the series.

Baltimore needs to win the finale on Wednesday night to avoid its first series loss.

The Orioles recalled LH Paul Fry from Triple-A Norfolk and optioned RH Stefan Crichton to the same minor league club.

Rays: Souza was in the lineup after bruising his right elbow trying to catch a home run during Tuesday's game against the Orioles. "I woke up and it was not very unbearable," Souza said .... RHP Jake Odorizzi (left hamstring) will throw live batting practice on Wednesday and is set to return to the active roster on Monday, manager Kevin Cash said.

Orioles: RHP Chris Tillman (shoulder) is slated to make his third rehab start Thursday against Potomac for Class A Frederick .... Closer Zach Britton will throw a bullpen session Wednesday and could begin his rehab assignment Friday ... of Joey Rickard (sprained finger) will play a doubleheader with Class A Delmarva on Wednesday and could be activated from the DL on Friday. Rays: Alex Cobb (1-2, 4.88 ERA) starts for Tampa Bay in the series finale. The right-hander is 4-1 with a 1.84 ERA in eight career starts vs. Baltimore.

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