Orioles Drop Matinée, Fall to 1-8

Associated Press – B.J. Upton homered twice and drove in four runs, Carlos Pena hit a three-run shot and the Tampa Bay Rays ended a dreadful homestand for the Baltimore Orioles with a 9-1 victory Wednesday.

David Price (2-0) allowed one run and four hits in seven innings for the Rays, whose 6-3 start is the best in franchise history. Tampa Bay swept the three-game series, something it did only once on the road last year.

Miguel Tejada homered for the Orioles, who went 0-6 and were outscored 37-16 during their opening homestand against Toronto and the Rays. Baltimore is 1-8, its worst start since going 0-21 in 1988.

Orioles starter Brad Bergesen (0-1) gave up eight runs, five earned, in three-plus innings. After enjoying a promising rookie season in 2009, the right-hander has an 11.74 ERA after two starts.

The Rays scored three unearned runs in the first inning, courtesy of an error and Pena’s second homer in as many at-bats. After Tejada misplayed a popup between third base and shortstop that plopped onto the infield, Bergesen issued a two-out walk and Pena followed with a drive to left-center.

This single loss by itself doesn’t really bother me too much. Bergesen is young and a rough start to the season should have been expected. But the cumulative effect of all of these defeats is just sickening right at this point.

The offense showed a bit of life last night but today was another unacceptable output. Aside from Tejada’s solo shot, they did close to nothing today. Once again they failed to cash in when it counted, going 0 for 3 with runners in scoring position and leaving seven on base.

Things have to turn around soon, right?? The law of averages has to kick in sooner or later. But then again the law of averages doesn’t apply when you are playing horrendous baseball.

On a side note, today the team placed struggling closer Mike Gonzalez on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left shoulder. Kam Mickolio is expected to fill in during Gonzalez’s absence.

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