This game took a sudden, nasty turn for Brad Bergesen.
Bergesen had retired nine of 10 batters, but he’s done with two outs in the fifth and the Orioles trailing, 5-2. He allowed nine hits, walked two, struck out one and threw 85 pitches.
B.J. Upton drove in two more runs with a two-out single. Matt Wieters went to the mound to give Clay Rapada more time to warm up, and manager Buck Showalter finally came out of the dugout. They had stalled long enough.
Bergesen hasn’t gone more than five innings in four of his six starts, and his ERA increased to 5.57. He’s allowed eight earned runs (nine total) and 15 hits in his last two starts covering 9 2/3 innings.
Instant update: Derrek Lee hit his fourth home run, the ball traveling 420 feet. Rays 5, Orioles 3.
Down on the farm, J.J. Hardy is 0-for-3 with a strikeout for Triple-A Norfolk. He hit into a force in his third at-bat.