ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Ryan Yarbrough came off the COVID-19 injured list and worked five scoreless innings as the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays handed the Baltimore Orioles their 14th consecutive loss, 8-4 on Wednesday night.
Baltimore, which also had a 14-game skid from May 18-31, joined the Boston Braves as the only teams to have a pair of 14-game or longer losing streaks in the same season since 1901. The Braves did it twice, in 1911 and 1935.
“We’re just going through a really rough time in this rebuild right now,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “We’re playing against teams that are postseason (contenders) and we’re a long ways away. They’re playing to win it and we’re trying to just do the best we can and stay positive with it.”
Cy Young was on the 1911 Boston team, going 4-5 in the final season of his 511-win career. Babe Ruth spent part of 1935 with Boston, hitting six of his 714 homers during his last season.
Veteran reliever David Robertson, signed by the Rays on Monday, worked a scoreless inning for Triple-A Durham. The 36-year-old pitcher was on this year’s silver medal-winning United States Olympic team.
Orioles: 1B Trey Mancini (calf) and OFs Anthony Santander (ankle) and DJ Stewart (knee) were out of the starting lineup. Santander popped out as a pinch hitter in the seventh. Hyde didn’t rule out Mancini starting Thursday. … RHP Hunter Harvey (right lat strain) allowed one run and three hits in one inning for Triple-A Norfolk.
Rays: RHP Chris Archer (right forearm) is expected back early next week.
Baltimore RHP Jorge López (3-13) and Rays LHP Shane McClanahan (7-4) are Thursday’s starters.
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