Jonathan Schoop hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning and the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles came back from an early deficit to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 on Friday night.
Schoop got his 15th homer leading off the inning against Chris Archer (4-13), who leads the majors in losses. Schoop is 5 for 13 with two homers in his career against the Rays’ opening day starter.
Mychal Givens (7-1) worked a scoreless seventh for the win one day after his daughter was born. Pedro Alvarez homered and had two RBIs for the Orioles.
Brad Miller had a one-out double in the ninth off Zach Britton and went to third on a wild pitch. After Evan Longoria was intentionally walked, Britton struck out Logan Morrison and Steven Souza Jr. to earn his 28th save in as many chances.
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Archer gave up four runs and seven hits in 7 1/3 innings as Tampa Bay lost for the 23rd time in 26 games.
After Souza’s bases-loaded RBI grounder in the first, Tampa Bay went up 2-0 on Logan Forsythe’s run-scoring single in the second. Eleven of the Rays’ 19 batters through three innings against Yovani Gallardo reached base.
Luke Maile, recalled from Triple-A Durham, made it 3-1 with a third-inning RBI single.
Alvarez hit his 10th homer in the third and added an RBI double two innings later that got Baltimore within a run at 3-2. Baltimore tied it at 3 in the sixth on Matt Wieters’ RBI grounder.
Gallardo allowed three runs, eight hits and walked four over five innings.
Notes: Kevin Kiermaier (broken left hand) was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list after missing almost two months. “It’s like another opening day for me,” said Kiermaier, who went 0 for 3 with a walk and a run scored. ... Right-hander Kevin Jepsen, released by Minnesota after going 2-5 with a 6.16 ERA in 33 games, was signed to a one-year contract ... Right-handers Ryan Garton and Tyler Sturdevant were optioned to Durham.
Who: Baltimore (52-36) at Tampa Bay (34-56)
When: Saturday, 6:10 p.m.
Where: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg
Probable pitchers: Chris Tillman (12-2, 3.41) vs. Matt Moore (5-6, 4.46)
Radio: 620 AM
Tickets: 1-888-FAN-RAYS or at stadium ticket office
Promotion: Postgame concert series