Brian Matusz surrenders back-to-back home runs in Orioles' 4-1 loss to Rays

Tampa Bay's Yunel Escobar, Ryan Roberts hit long balls in fourth inning of Saturday's game

March 02, 2013|By Peter Schmuck | The Baltimore Sun

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Shortstop Yunel Escobar and second baseman Ryan Roberts hit back-to-back home runs off Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz in the fourth inning on Saturday as the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Orioles, 4-1, at Charlotte Sports Park.

Those were the only hits Matusz surrendered over two innings after coming on in relief of starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen, who needed just 23 pitches to complete two scoreless innings in his 2013 Grapefruit League debut.

"[For my] spring debut this year, I feel pretty satisfied for today,'' Chen said through interpreter Tim Lin.

The Orioles scored their only run of the game in the sixth inning when third baseman Manny Machado tripled off Rays pitcher Josh Lueke and outfielder Jason Pridie drove him home with a sharp single up the middle.

Tommy Hunter also pitched two innings and allowed a home run. Troy Patton and Daniel McCutchen pitched scoreless innings for the Orioles.

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