A different Britton in first inning

Over his last two starts, Orioles rookie left-hander Zach Britton held opponents to a combined one run and 10 hits over 12 innings. Two starts and two wins after leaving the disabled list.

Britton will need the Orioles to rally for him tonight.

The Rays jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, sending seven batters to the plate and forcing Britton to throw 31 pitchers.

The last nine were delivered to Casey Kotchman, who struck out to strand two runners in scoring position.

Evan Longoria followed an infield hit and walk with a two-run double to put Britton behind before the lefty recorded an out.

Credit Britton for limiting the damage. Longoria reached third with one out, and Sean Rodriguez was hit by a pitch and stole second base with two outs. It could have been worse.

We just got used to seeing Britton pitch better since he returned to the active roster.

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