With a lot of scouts watching, Jake Odorizzi delivered a rare win for Tampa Bay.
Odorizzi earned his first victory at Tropicana Field this season, Evan Longoria hit two home runs and the Rays won for the fourth time in 28 games, beating the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles 5-2 on Sunday.
Odorizzi (4-5), who was 0-3 in 10 previous starts at home, gave up two runs and seven hits in six innings. Overall, he had been 0-2 in six starts since winning June 8 at Arizona.
Scouts from playoff contenders, including Texas, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Washington, Boston, Miami and the New York Mets, have attended Odorizzi’s starts recently.
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“I’ve been through it multiple times,” Odorizzi said. “It doesn’t really bother me any. Usually there’s a lot more smoke than there is fire for a lot of the times.”
Longoria had solo shots in both the first and eighth innings. He has 21 homers this season after his 17th career multihomer game.
Oswaldo Arcia had a two-run shot during the second and Brad Miller added a third-inning solo drive as the Rays took a 4-1 lead against Dylan Bundy (2-2), who allowed four runs and five hits over 3 1/3 innings in his first major league start.
Bundy, the fourth overall pick in the 2011 draft, has thrown 38 innings in 22 relief appearances this season. He was limited to a combined 17 minor league games the previous two years after Tommy John surgery in 2013.
“It’s all part of the process,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “It’s more about us not scoring runs today.”
Showalter said Bundy will remain in the rotation.
After Erasmo Ramirez went two scoreless innings for the Rays, AL All-Star Alex Colome recorded the final three outs to earn his 20th save in as many chances.
Manny Machado had a first-inning sacrifice fly and Pedro Alvarez hit a solo homer in the sixth for the Orioles.
Baltimore went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position through five innings, including a two-out flyball by Chris Davis with the bases loaded in the fifth.
Notes: Right-handers Chase Whitley (Tommy John surgery) and Brad Boxberger (left oblique) are scheduled to make their first rehab appearance Monday night for Class A Charlotte in Dunedin. … Infielder Steve Pearce (strained right hamstring) is scheduled to be with Charlotte for the third consecutive day Monday. … Longoria (eight) is just the third third baseman, joining Eddie Mathews (nine) and Scott Rolen (eight) to reach 20 homers in at least eight of their first nine seasons. … Longoria has 32 homers, including 31 while playing third base, off the Orioles. The only third baseman with more against Baltimore is Alex Rodriguez, who has 32. … Rays right-hander Alex Cobb (Tommy John surgery) had a 25-pitch bullpen session and the team said he might throw off a mound again Wednesday. He was originally scheduled to make his third rehab start for Charlotte Sunday but it was decided that he would work on mechanics instead. Cobb lasted a combined 1 2/3 innings in his first two starts.
Who: Tampa Bay (35-56) at Colorado (42-49)
When: Monday, 8:40 p.m.
Where: Coors Field, Denver
Probable pitchers: Drew Smyly (2-10, 5.47) faces Colorado LHP Tyler Anderson (1-3, 3.03)
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