Kevin Gausman solid in his return, but Orioles lose
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Chris Archer struck out 10 over 6 2/3 innings to end a 10-start winless streak, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat Kevin Gausman and the Baltimore Orioles 2-0 on Monday night.
Archer (1-4) allowed five hits to get his first win since beating the Orioles on Aug. 31. The Rays opening day starter was 0-7 during the winless stretch.
Archer also ended a 10-start winless run at home, which included six losses, dating to a June 23 victory over Toronto.
Gausman (0-1) returned from the disabled list and struck out seven while pitching one-run ball through five innings. The right-hander missed the start of the season with a right shoulder strain.
Alex Colome got the final out for his fourth save to complete the five-hitter.
Steven Souza Jr. drew a walk and later scored from first to make it 1-0 on Curt Casali's two-out double in the fifth. It was Casali's third hit in 27 at-bats.
After Gausman hit Logan Forsythe with a pitch and walked Steve Pearce to load the bases, the right-hander got a flyball from Evan Longoria that ended the fifth.
Tampa Bay went up 2-0 in the sixth when Vance Worley, who replaced Brian Matusz with the bases loaded and two outs, hit Casali with a pitch. Worley avoided further damage by getting an inning-ending grounder from Forsythe.
Enny Romero, Erasmo Ramirez and Xavier Cedeno combined to get the ball to Colome.
Pedro Alvarez doubled twice off Archer but was stranded both times.
Orioles: Utility man Jimmy Paredes (left wrist) worked out with the team and is set to start a minor league rehab assignment with Double-A Bowie on Tuesday.
Rays: RHP Chase Whitley (Tommy John surgery) will throw 25 fastballs off a mound Tuesday.
Orioles RF Mark Trumbo extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a single in the second. ... Baltimore 3B Manny Machado, who had a season-opening 16-game hitting streak end Sunday, went 0 for 4 and is hitless in his last nine at-bats.
To make room on the roster for Gausman, INF Ryan Flaherty was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. ... Baltimore claimed RHP David Hale off waivers from Colorado and optioned him to Norfolk.
Orioles RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (1-1) will go against Rays RHP Jake Odorizzi (0-1) on Tuesday night. Odorizzi has a 2.56 ERA in home games since the start of the 2014 season and allowed one earned run or fewer in 19 of 32 starts over the stretch.