If you didn't watch today's game, it was pretty ridiculous. Brian Matusz was terrible; he lasted only 1.1 innings. The Rays were running all over him and catcher Craig Tatum, it was embarrassing. I don't know if Matusz is still hurting or just didn't have enough recovery time, but something's up.
After the Rays scored three runs in the top of the first, the O's got on the board with back-to-back home runs by Adam Jones and Vladimir Guerrero. The Rays scored single runs in the both the second and third innings, the first being charged to Matusz, and the second to Alfredo Simon, who took over for Matusz and pitched 4.2 innings in relief.
In the bottom of the third, Adam Jones hit a double but then scored on a two-base error by second baseman Sean Rodriguez. Despite the fact that Jones was stopping at second, Rodriguez threw the ball to third, only instead of going to third it went into the stands.
Things calmed down after that for both teams, with neither scoring until the seventh. In the seventh, Simon induced a ground ball to third that Mark Reynolds booted for an error. It was a tough day for Mark at the hot corner, he also took a scorching bouncer off his wrist and eventually had to come out of the game. The Rays got two more hits in the inning and scored two runs, both unearned. That made the score 7-3.
The O's loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh with three straight singles, but only managed to score twice, both on ground outs. Way to maximize on your opportunity, guys.
With Mike Gonzalez on the mound (he took over for Simon with two on and no outs), Ben Zobrist led off with a single, then with one out, Jeremy Accardo came into the game. Accardo faced Evan Longoria, who hit a line drive to center field. Jones came in to field it and it sailed past him to the wall. That, friends, was an inside-the-park-home-run.
With the score 9-5, Luke Scott added a home run to make it 9-6, and that's where it would end.
Day off tomorrow, then on to Toronto!