Triple-A Norfolk center fielder Felix Pie left tonight’s game in the top of the fourth inning with a strained hamstring. My guess is he’ll be listed as day-to-day.
Pie grounded to short to end the bottom of the third, making him 0-for-2 and leaving his average at .250. Tyler Henson moved to center as Pie’s replacement, Brandon Snyder went from first base to left field, and Adam Donachie took over as the first baseman and leadoff hitter - something you’re not likely to see happen again with Donachie. He’s not exactly your prototypical leadoff guy.
Chris Tillman allowed four runs and four hits, walked four and struck out four in five innings against Durham. He threw 100 pitches, and his ERA rose to 5.19.
At Tropicana Field, the Orioles were lifeless for six innings against Rays left-hander David Price, but they scored three times in the top of the seventh to take a 3-2 lead.
Nolan Reimold’s sacrifice fly scored Vladimir Guerrero and broke up Price’s shutout bid, and J.J.Hardy singled with two outs to deliver two runs. Hardy came to the plate after Ryan Adams extended the inning with an infield hit.
Price had a one-hitter through the sixth, the only blemish a Matt Wieters single. Wieters began the night 5-for-13 with two doubles lifetime against Price.
Price has 11 strikeouts, giving him 25 in his last two starts covering 14 innings. He retired 14 in a row before the Orioles’ uprising in the seventh.
Zach Britton blanked the Rays after allowing two runs in the first. Jim Johnson replaced him in the bottom of the seventh.
Robert Andino has made a couple of sensational diving stops at third base, once starting a double play. You’d never know that he’s supposed to be a shortstop who moved to second base.
Update: Kevin Gregg stranded Sam Fuld at third base, pinch-runner Elliot Johnson at second and pinch-hitter Matt Joyce at first to record another nervous save in the Orioles’ 3-2 victory over the Rays.
Casey Kotchman and Joyce walked with two outs to load the bases. Brandon Guyer swung at the first pitch he saw and bounced to J.J. Hardy, who ranged far to his right to backhand the ball and made the throw. Mark Reynolds scooped the ball out of the dirt, completing a sensational play and bailing out Gregg.
Hardy had two excellent plays in the inning. And Reynolds’ scoop was a game-saver.