BALTIMORE — The most frustrating aspect of the Tampa Bay Rays’ four-game losing streak coming into Saturday is that, in each of those defeats, one timely hit from any spot in the lineup could have easily changed any of those close defeats into slump-busting victories. Of course, the lynchpin who helped Tampa Bay break out of its offensive doldrums on Saturday was the least likely player in the lineup to produce a career-defining night at the plate.
Catcher Francisco Mejía, batting ninth in the order, went 4-for-4 while Ji-Man Choi hit a two-run homer as the Rays belied out 14 hits in a 7-6 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Saturday. Harold Ramirez’s sacrifice fly in the ninth scored the game-winning run to break a 6-6 tie as the Rays scored almost double the number of runs on Saturday than they did in their previous four games combined, when the offense just managed four total runs. Tampa Bay lost each of those games by either one or two runs.
*Editor’s note: Above the byline is the photo gallery from Friday evening’s contest, with all photos taken by DC-area photographer Elliott Brown. After clicking on the first photo to enlarge the picture, make sure to press the left and right arrow buttons to scroll through the rest of the pictures. There are 26 pictures in total.