BALTIMORE – Brandon Guyer led the way Friday afternoon with a trio of doubles to left field, two runs scored and an RBI as the Tampa Bay Rays reached the midpoint of the season with a 5-2 victory against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards.
Alex Colome, recalled from Triple A Durham to pitch the first game of this day/night doubleheader, pitched 5 2/3 innings of two-hit ball and earned his first victory of the year with the Rays.
At 33-48, the Rays have their worst record through 81 games since 2007, when Devil Rays also went 33-48.
Their five runs gave the Rays 300 for the season and tied the 1998 team for fewest runs at the midpoint.
Guyer doubled home James Loney as the Rays tied the score at 1-1 in the top of the second. Matt Joyce singled home Guyer to give the Rays the lead.
Jose Molina had an RBI single in the fourth inning as the Rays extended the lead to 3-1.
The Rays scored two more in the sixth when Guyer doubled and scored on a double by Joyce. Sean Rodriguez then singled home Joyce.
A home run by Orioles third baseman Manny Machado off Brad Boxberger in the seventh inning made it a three-run game.
Boxberger struck out four of the five batters he faced.
Grant Balfour pitched a perfect eighth inning and Jake McGee closed out the game in the ninth for his second save.
The Rays and Orioles meet Friday night in the second game of the doubleheader. Jake Odorizzi (3-7, 4.29) will face Baltimore lefty Wei-Yen Chen (7-2, 3.84).