Jurrjens allowed the most extra-base hits (six) without a single in an Orioles debut in franchise history, according to the club’s PR department. The Rays collected five doubles and a home run over five innings.
Also, Jurrjens’ six extra-base allowed are the second-most for an Oriole in his debut. John O’Donoghue allowed seven - four doubles and three home runs - on June 27, 1993 vs. the Yankees.
Tommy Hunter has thrown two scoreless innings as Jurrjens’ replacement, walking one batter and striking out one.
Hunter has permitted one run over his last 19 innings, with four walks and 15 strikeouts in 12 games since April 12.
No one is warming in the Orioles’ bullpen. Hunter apparently will return for the eighth.
The Orioles continue to hold a 6-4 lead and will attempt to secure their 110th consecutive regular season victory when ahead after the seventh.
Update: Brian Matusz began to warm in the eighth, and Hunter retired the first two batters before leaving the game. Hunter has allowed one earned run in his last 19 2/3 innings.
Matusz retired James Loney on a ground ball to second base, and the Orioles continue to lead 6-4 as we head to the bottom of the eighth.
The horse that I drew in our Preakness pool finished in last place. I got my money back.
Today’s attendance: 34,685
Update II: Jim Johnson blew his second save in his last two outings after converting 35 in a row during the regular season.
Kelly Johnson homered with one out to reduce the Orioles’ lead to 6-5. The Rays loaded the bases on two walks and Desmond Jennings’ bloop single into left field after his bat shattered on contact.
Matt Joyce ran the count full and lined a double into right-center field, giving Tampa Bay a 7-6 lead and ushering Darren O’Day into the game.
In his last two appearances, Johnson has allowed seven runs and seven hits, and walked two batters, in 1 1/3 innings. He threw 32 pitches today, 15 for strikes.
Johnson was 51-for-54 in save opportunities last season. He’s 14-for-16 this season.
Ben Zobrist greeted O’Day with a two-run double to increase the lead to 9-6. Evan Longoria doubled - the eighth by the Rays to tie a club record - and James Loney was walked intentionally to load the bases.
Luke Scott walked to force in a run and bring pitching coach Rick Adair to the mound. Still only one out. Fans streaming for the exits.
Johnson, who started it all with the home run, bounced back to O’Day, who threw home to start a double play.
The Orioles are trying to avoid their first four-game losing streak of the season.
Update III: Well, that took a turn for the ugly.
The Orioles have their first four-game losing streak after allowing six runs in the top of the ninth and falling hard to the Rays, 10-6.
The Orioles have allowed 30 runs in the last three games. And yes, the streak of consecutive regular-season wins when leading after the seventh inning ends at 109.