The Tampa Bay Rays hit a season best-tying five home runs Tuesday, with Brett Phillips and Austin Meadows blasting three-run shots, Mike Zunino hitting a pair of two-run homers, and Ji-Man Choi contributing his first of the year in a 13-6 beatdown of the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards.
After Orioles starter Matt Harvey put up a zero in the first, Tampa Bay’s bats went to work in the second, as Yandy Diaz and Joey Wendle led off the inning with base hits, and after Zunino struck out for the first out of the inning, Phillips put the Rays on the board with a blast nearly on to Eutaw Street, his second homer of the year.
The onslaught in the inning was not done, as harvey then gave up a double to Willy Adames and an infield hit to Randy Arozarena, allowing Meadows to come to the plate and make it 6-0 with his ninth home run of the year, this time to right-center.
Tyler Wells took over for Harvey in the second, but gave up Zunino’s first home run of the night and ninth of the year, making the game 8-0 in the third.
Rays starter Luis Patino kept Baltimore off the scoreboard in the first and second innings, but gave up an RBI single to Austin Hays in the third, then a run-scoring single to Stevie Wilkerson in the fourth before being lifted from the game. Andrew Kittredge allowed a run on a fielder’s choice grounde from Hays, then gave up an RBI single to Trey Mancini before getting out of the inning ahead 8-4.
Choi’s two-run blast in the top of the eighth against Shawn Armstrong, his first of the season, made it 13-4.