Major League Baseball
Preview
Tampa Bay at Baltimore
When: 7:05 PM ET, Friday, August 23, 2019
Where: Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland

If the Tampa Bay Rays manage to lock down one of the two wild cards in the American League, they will be quite comfortable playing in an opposing stadium. The Rays own a major league-leading 41 wins away from home and look to add to that total when they continue a four-game set against the lowly Baltimore Orioles on Friday night at Camden Yards.

Tampa Bay opened its seven-game road trip by overcoming a rain delay of more than two hours to rally for a 5-2 victory for its 10th win in the last 11 away from Tropicana Field. Willy Adames homered among three hits and delivered a tiebreaking two-run single to improve to 7-for-12 over the last three games as the Rays moved into a tie with Oakland for the top wild card. Austin Meadows extended his hitting streak to four games with his 22nd homer, which also marked the 259th blast surrendered by Baltimore to break the major league record set by Cincinnati in 2016. Trey Mancini doubled in a run for his first RBI in 12 games against Tampa Bay this season as Baltimore fell to 4-9 in the season series.

TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, FS SUN (Tampa Bay), MASN2 (Baltimore)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Rays RH Trevor Richards (3-12, 4.53 ERA) vs. Orioles LH Ty Blach (0-1, 12.06)

Richards struggled in his first start for the Rays since he was acquired from Miami at the trade deadline, lasting 3 1/3 innings and allowing two runs and eight hits in a no-decision against Detroit on Sunday. His pitch count was expected to be an issue after pitching in relief for his last three appearances with the Marlins, going one inning in each. Richards was demoted to Miami's bullpen after losing five straight starts and going 0-7 over a span of eight outings.

Claimed off waivers from San Francisco earlier this month, Blach has drawn a short straw of sorts with his first two starts for Baltimore coming on the road at Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park. He was pounded for seven runs and seven hits over four innings in a loss to the Yankees and was tagged for five runs over 5 1/3 innings at reigning World Series champion Boston on Sunday. Jesus Aguilar is 3-for-5 with a double off Blach, who allows left-handed batters to hit .409.

WALK-OFFS

1. Rays RHP Nick Anderson has retired 28 of 32 batters since he was acquired from Miami at the trade deadline.

2. Baltimore has surrendered 153 homers at Camden Yards, moving within six of Colorado's major league record at home.

3. Rays rookie 2B Brandon Lowe (quadriceps strain) is done for the season, manager Kevin Cash said Thursday.

PREDICTION: Rays 6, Orioles 3
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Tampa Bay 75-54 W2 34-31 41-23 31-26 17-13 14-10 13-5
Baltimore 41-87 L1 20-45 21-42 18-43 9-16 9-18 5-10
Last Meeting
Tampa Bay Baltimore
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
8/22/19 TB 5 BAL 2 .229 2 .799 .152 0 .455
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Tampa Bay A. Garcia .368 14 .984
Baltimore R. Nunez .277 13 .774
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Tampa Bay M. Brosseau 4 4 7
Baltimore R. Nunez 2 4 7
Pitching ERA Avg K
Tampa Bay 2.92 .275 129
Baltimore 6.03 .212 96
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Tampa Bay A. Meadows .278 113 .876
Baltimore H. Alberto .313 126 .771
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Tampa Bay A. Meadows 22 55 63
Baltimore T. Mancini 29 83 74
Pitching ERA Avg K
Tampa Bay 3.55 .252 1291
Baltimore 5.99 .244 983