Rays Fall Flat on Opening Day


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Bailey Adams, Sports Editor

The wait for Rays baseball came to an end on Monday afternoon when Chris Archer delivered a first-pitch strike to get the 2015 season underway. An error on the following pitch eventually led to an unearned run, the first of six for the Baltimore Orioles in their 6-2 victory.

After falling behind 1-0 in the first, Archer settled in for a few innings before allowing a two-run home run to Alejandro De Aza in the fifth inning and a solo home run to Steve Pearce in the sixth. By the time it was all said and done, the 26-year-old had allowed four runs (three earned), on six hits and a walk in five and two-thirds innings.

The Rays had trouble getting anything going offensively, mustering up just three hits in the first six innings. They finally got on the board in the seventh when Evan Longoria launched his first home run of the season, a solo home run to left field that cut the deficit to 4-1.

Baltimore battled back with a run in the eighth that came on a Travis Snider RBI double, then the Rays answered in their half of the eighth with an RBI double from Asdrubal Cabrera.

Kirby Yates surrendered a solo home run in the ninth to Ryan Flaherty before Zach Britton picked up his first save of the year in the bottom half of the ninth.

Game two of the season is set for tomorrow night at 7:10. Nathan Karns will get the start on the mound for Tampa Bay, squaring off with Wei-Yin Chen, who will start for Baltimore.