The Orioles are trying for their first sweep since June 25, 2016 versus Tampa Bay.
Wilkerson hit the decisive two-run homer off left-hander Colin Poche in a 2-1 victory in Game 1 and he’s in center field for the nightcap.
Wilkerson has eight home runs this season, the first seven coming off right-handers. He’s 5-for-50 against left-handers this season.
Keon Broxton goes to the bench after striking out three more times in the opener.
Jonathan Villar is leading off and playing shortstop. Villar is 17-for-44 (.386) while hitting safely in 11 of his last 12 games. He’s 11-for-31 (.355) this month and 28-for-86 (.326) the second time facing a pitcher in the same game.
Anthony Santander, back in right field and batting third, is 19-for-51 (.373) in 13 home games and he recorded his ninth multi-hit game of the season in the opener.
Santander is 17-for-50 (340) in 14 games against American League East opponents. He stole his second career base earlier today.
Trey Mancini is on the bench for Game 2. He’s 0-for-17 in his last five games and hitless in his last 20 at-bats.
For the Orioles
Jonathan Villar SS
Dwight Smith Jr. LF
Anthony Santander RF
Chance Sisco C
Renato Núñez DH
Chris Davis 1B
Stevie Wilkerson CF
Rio Ruiz 3B
Hanser Alberto 2B
John Means LHP
For the Rays
Guillermo Heredia CF
Tommy Pham LF
Travis d’Arnaud C
Yandy Díaz DH
Avisaíl García RF
Nate Lowe 1B
Michael Brosseau 3B
Willy Adames SS
Joey Wendle 2B
Charlie Morton RHP
Game 1 marked the Orioles’ first one-run victory since they held on to defeat the Rangers 12-11 on June 4.
The Orioles are 3-43 when scoring three runs or fewer.
Mychal Givens notched his second career two-inning save.
Richard Bleier earned his first win since May 9, 2018.