ST. Petersburg, Fla. (AP) – Francisco Mejia Homed and a three-run drive helped Tampa Bay Race beat Baltimore 5-3 on Saturday to help them to their 14th win over the Orioles.
The two-time defending AL East champions have improved to 20-1 against the Orioles since the beginning of 2021 and the 14-game winning streak since last July is the longest against a single opponent in Ray history.
Tampa Bay’s 2-1 season opening win over the Orioles on Friday was driven by a tug-of-war, an eighth-inning sacrifice fly. He started the catcher on Saturday, giving RBI a single in the second and a two-run homer off Jordan Liles (0-1) in the third.
Wonder Franco, not hitless after three singles in the opener, finished the second inning with a hard-hit ball fly for Tampa Bay, which has taken Baltimore 157-75 in the last 21 games between the teams.
Reliever Josh Fleming (1-0) inherited a three-run lead and worked 3 3 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing three hits and five outs. Before getting saved, Andrew Kitraz gave a run-scoring double to Jorge Mateo in ninth place.
Liles, meanwhile, allowed five runs and seven hits in five overs in five innings. In the first four innings, nine batted balls registered speeds of more than 100 miles per hour, with Franco’s line-drive bowling fly and another 21-year-old throwing the ball into the center wall. Field
The Lions allowed a major league-high 38 home runs last season, going 10-13 with a 5.15 ERA in 32 appearances (30 starts) with the Texas Rangers. It was also a career high and Mike Leak was allowed the most homers in the majors since gaining 41 in 2019.
Ray starter Drew Rasmussen took a 5-2 lead, but only worked four innings and was not involved in the decision. The right-handed batsman gave Ryan Mountcastle a three-run homer in the third over and hit three hits, one walk and three strikes while throwing 64 pitches.
Orioles LF Anthony Santander, who made home on the opening day, suffered a pitch injury to his left knee in the first inning. He stood by the plate, doubled in pain for a moment, but stayed in the game and went 2 for 3 with two singles.
The season-opening, the culmination of a three-game series, where former AL Sai Young Award winner Corey Kluber made his debut for Ray in 2021 after leading the Yankees 5-3 with a 3.83 ERA. He started his ERA 10 career against Baltimore 5-1 with 3.15. Right-handed Tyler Well (2-3, 4.11 last season) started for the Orioles.
Siege, unbeaten vs. Tigers, led the White Sox to victory
DETROIT (AP) – Dylan Sieg was unbeaten early in his 10-career career against Detroit and Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run homer to give the Chicago White Sox a 5-2 lead over the Tigers on Saturday.
Siege (1-0) allowed one run and two hits in five plus innings with eight strikeouts and three walks. He is 9-0 against the Tigers.
Aaron Bamar dropped singles from Miguel Cabrera and Jonathan Scoop early in the ninth, then struck out Eric Hass, Spencer Torkelson and pinch-hitter Dustin Garnew for his first save.
Chicago’s AJ Pollock took a wide turn after taking the third off lead on the left due to right hamstring tightness. Pollock has started at 4 for 7 since acquiring from the Los Angeles Dodgers for Craig Kimbrell on April 1st.
Eloy Jimenez hit a two-run single in the first two overs. Jose Abreu scored two hits and two goals for the White Sox, who came back from a 5-3 opening day defeat.
Detroit’s Casey Maiz (0-1) allowed four runs and seven hits in five plus innings.
Run the ball over the right-field wall for a 4-0 lead, becoming a grand 1 homed in a 1-1 fastball in the sixth.
Ronaldo Lopez was replaced after Austin Meadows’ leadoff single allowed in the sixth. Jaime Candelario’s RBI was double.
.Javier Boyce tries to score from the third and throws when a pitch is seen from Grendel’s glove, and the catcher covers the plate and throws it towards Lopez. Schoop drove Candelario from the third with the help of a grounder that shortstop Liuri Garcia bubbled for an error.
Andrew Von added an RBI unit to the seventh.
Chicago’s Tim Anderson served the second game of his two-game suspension to contact umpire Tim Timmons during the ninth inning of a game on Sept. 28. Anderson is expected to return to his lead off spot on Sunday.
White Sox SP Lucas Giolito will be placed on a 10-day injury list due to a strain in the lower abdomen. Giolito was injured in the fourth innings of the team’s opener on Friday. “Hopefully, maybe a few starts,” manager Tony La Rusa speculated.
White Sox: RHP Michael Kopech (4-3, 3.50 ERA in 2021) will begin the three-game series. Kopech, who started in four of his 44 appearances last season, played only four spring training innings.
Tigers: LHP Tariq Scubal (8-12, 4.34 ERA in 2021) will make his season debut. Scoobal has won two of his three starts against the White Sox last season, striking out 23 in 16 innings.