Yovani Gallardo (2-1, 6.26 ERA) and the Baltimore Orioles (41-30) meet Matt Moore (3-4, 4.90 ERA) and the Tampa Bay Rays (31-39) in the first of a four-game division series at Camden Yards. The Rays go into this series on a seven-game losing streak. The game gets underway at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Jun. 24 and will air on MASN and SUN.
In his last start, Gallardo pitched 5.0 innings, giving up two runs, striking out five and walking four in a 4-2 victory over the Blue Jays. Mark Trumbo (.283, 40 Rs, 21 HRs, 52 RBIs, 1 SB) played well again Wednesday, going 3 for 4 with two runs, one home run, and one RBI. The Rays were unsuccessful the last time Moore pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 6.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out five and walking two in a 6-4 loss to the Giants.
The Orioles are a -130 favorite with a total of 9.5 for this AL East battle.
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The Rays are an even 12-12 against the division, while the Orioles sit at 18-13.
The Orioles managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Rays who are coming in with an 11-5 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Rays are 5-31. The Orioles have a 13-23 record when opponents outhit them.
Baltimore ranks at the top of the league when it comes to home runs this season with 111. Tampa Bay ranks in the top five at fourth with 100.
Ranking 17th, Tampa Bay is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 214 this season. Baltimore ranks in the top half with 218.
When the Orioles hit at least one home run, they are 33-17. When the Rays hit at least one homer, they have a 25-26 record.