Jeremy Guthrie was charged with three runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings. He walked two, struck out six and threw 59 of his 95 pitches for strikes.
The guy who led the American League in home runs allowed kept the ball out of the seats tonight, but Evan Longoria’s two-run double with two outs in the fifth gave Tampa Bay the lead.
Will Ohman replaced Guthrie with Reid Brignac on first base and one out in the seventh. Plate umpire Kerwin Danley ruled that Carl Crawford didn’t check his swing with the count full, though replays contradicted that call, and Matt Wieters threw out Brignac at second on the most delayed steal in baseball history.
Brignac assumed Crawford had walked and was in no rush to reach second base. Crawford was already on first and tugging on his batting gloves. Wieters held the ball for a few seconds, realized that Crawford was out and made the throw, startling Ohman in the process.
It was a very strange sequence, and one that riled up this crowd. The booing still hasn’t stopped, and Ohman is warming up in the bottom of the eighth. You would think they missed out on a free pizza.
Tonight’s attendance: 15,220.
Update: Cla Meredith replaced Ohman and served up a home run to Evan Longoria on his second pitch. Rays 4, Orioles 2.