- Kevin Tall
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Sometimes you’re the bat. Sometimes you’re the ball.
The Tampa Bay Rays, a day removed from smacking the Baltimore Orioles around, traded roles with the visiting team in Saturday afternoon’s 6-0 setback.
Like Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson the evening prior, Baltimore’s Brad Bergesen threw a four-hit, complete-game shutout in the matinee.
After being blanked in Hellickson’s career-first CG, Baltimore’s batters made up for lost time at the expense of Saturday’s starter Wade Davis. The rusty-looking righty gave up four runs on seven hits, with three each in the walks and strikeouts departments.
The two teams swapped sweeps in the previous meetings this year.
The past two days, each team had a starter go the distance and blank the opposition, with his counterpart yielding two home runs.
Saturday, Davis gave up a solo shot to Mark Reynolds in the top of the fifth. The righty escaped further damage in the inning when the Orioles left ‘em loaded; Luke Scott lined out to Matt Joyce in right for the third out.
Jake Fox took Davis long to left and took the struggling righty out of the game on the 3-2 pitch, one out into the sixth.
“Still, fastball command for me is an issue,” said Rays manager Joe Maddon. “He’s got to be able to throw his fastball for a strike more consistently. That’s the main culprit.”
The loss—the third this year—was the first for Davis since April 9. He had won four of his previous five starts.