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Henderson homers on 1st pitch and Orioles beat Rays 5-2 for 1st 4-game sweep at Tropicana Field

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (蘑菇影院) 鈥 Gunnar Henderson homered on the first pitch, Ryan O鈥橦earn drove in three runs and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-2 on Monday night to finish their first four-game sweep at Tropicana Field.

Corbin Burnes (7-2) allowed two unearned runs and five hits in seven innings as Baltimore improved to 22-10 on the road. Craig Kimbrel worked the ninth for his 15th save in 18 chances.

鈥淭o come in and really do everything well, pitch great, play good defense, hit the ball well, it鈥檚 tough to beat us,鈥 said Burnes, who has given up three runs or fewer in 16 consecutive starts.

Baltimore also swept a four-game set at the Chicago White Sox from May 23-26, making this the first Orioles squad to sweep a pair of four-game series in the same season since 1987.

鈥淕oing on the road and sweep a team four (games), no matter what the record, is super hard to do in the major leagues,鈥 Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said.

James McCann also homered for Baltimore, which leads the majors with 104. It鈥檚 the most homers through the first 65 games of a season in Orioles history.

Alex Jackson went deep for the Rays, who have dropped 13 of 17 at home and are 31-35 overall.

鈥淣ot good. Not what we wanted,鈥 Rays manager Kevin Cash said. 鈥淲e鈥檝e got to get over it real quick.鈥

Tampa Bay has lost eight straight home games to AL East opponents, equaling a franchise record, and hasn鈥檛 been last in the division this late into a year since the end of 2016 season.

O鈥橦earn put Baltimore up 4-2 on a two-run double in the fifth against Ryan Pepiot (4-3). He made it 5-2 with a seventh-inning RBI single off Kevin Kelly to complete a nine-pitch at-bat. Both hits came with two outs.

鈥淗e can really grind out an at-bat,鈥 Hyde said. 鈥淗e gets big hits for us constantly.鈥

Henderson鈥檚 major league-best seventh leadoff homer this year went 430 feet to center field. Last season鈥檚 AL Rookie of the Year has 21 homers, second in the majors to New York Yankees star Aaron Judge (24).

O鈥橦earn and Henderson both had three hits. Henderson scored three times for the second consecutive game.

Tampa Bay got two unearned runs in the second when second baseman Jordan Westburg dropped Jos茅 Caballero鈥檚 routine popup with two outs, and the light-hitting Jackson hit his first big league homer in almost three years.

It was Jackson鈥檚 third hit in 47 at-bats this season, and first longball since going deep against Dan Winkler of the Chicago Cubs in August 2021.

McCann tied it at 2 on his third-inning drive.

Pepiot allowed four runs and nine hits over six innings. He struck out nine.

TRAINER鈥橲 ROOM

Orioles RHP Dean Kremer (right triceps strain) threw a bullpen and could be ready to start a short minor league rehab assignment this week.

UP NEXT

Orioles: RHP Albert Su谩rez (2-0, 1.83 ERA) and Atlanta LHP Max Fried (6-2, 2.93) are Tuesday night鈥檚 starters.

Rays: RHP Zach Eflin (3-4, 4.14 ERA) will face Chicago Cubs RHP Jameson Taillon (3-2, 3.47) on Tuesday night.

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