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Rays Avoid Sweep With 2-0 Win Over Orioles

The Tampa Bay Rays went into the third and final game of the Opening Series on Wednesday night trying to avoid the sweep by the division rival Baltimore Orioles. With RHP Jake Odorizzi’s solid performance on the hill for Tampa, the Rays avoided the sweep with a 2-0 win.

Odorizzi pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing just two hits and fanning seven batters. The Rays would end up allowing just three hits by Baltimore with a total of 12 strikeouts and just one walk.

Tampa Bay’s first run was scored in the bottom of the 6th with bases loaded as Evan Longoria scored after a walk by Logan Forsythe. Longoria would then score the other urn by Tampa Bay in the bottom of the eighth off a single by Desmond Jennings.

Making his Major League debut on Wednesday night was the Rays’ first baseman Allan Dykstra. Dykstra was called up to Tampa Bay to replace an injured James Loney. In his two at-bats, the 27 year old struck out the first time and then walked on his second appearance at the plate.

Here on Legends on Deck, Dykstra was highlighted in our Prospects on Deck feature prior to the start of Spring Training.

The Tampa Bay Rays (1-2) will now travel to Miami for a weekend series against Marlins and the Orioles (2-1) will host their home opener on Friday afternoon against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Bethany Cohen

Bethany Cohen

Senior Editor at Legends On Deck®
Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for Examiner.com and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany
Bethany Cohen