Rays manager earns first ever victory

Rays manager earns first ever victory (Image 1)

Jake Odorizzi took a two-hitter into the seventh inning and Tampa Bay coaxed four consecutive walks with two outs to score the go-ahead run during a 2-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night.

Odorizzi (1-0) allowed two hits and struck out seven in 6 2-3 innings. Jeff Beliveau, Kevin Jepsen and Brad Boxberger finished the three-hitter as the Rays gave rookie manager Kevin Cash his first victory and avoided being swept in the opening series at Tropicana Field.

Baltimore’s Miguel Gonzalez (0-1) retired the first two batters in the Rays sixth, then walked Evan Longoria and Desmond Jennings. Pinch-hitter Brandon Guyer and Logan Forsythe drew walks from Brian Matusz to give the Rays their first lead of the year.

Odorizzi limited the Orioles to one hit – Ryan Lavarnway’s third-inning double – until Alejandro De Aza singled with one out in the sixth.

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