Tampa Bay Rays defeat Baltimore Orioles, 8-1

Before the top of the seventh inning started last night, the Orioles' hope of ending a surprising month with another home victory was still very much alive.

Matt Albers got them deep into the game and they trailed by only two runs, a deficit they've overcome several times during their early run to the top of the American League East. But by the time the seventh came to a merciful end and several fans stood up and offered mock applause, it was painfully clear that there ...

A recap of the Orioles' 8-1 loss to the Rays:

Gutting it out

Matt Albers might not have brought his best stuff into last night's game, but he made do with what he had and kept the Orioles close. Albers allowed a run in the second inning and two more in the fourth, but he retired the side in order in the first, third, fifth and sixth. He put away the last seven batters he faced and left with the Orioles trailing 3-1.

Close calls against them

The Orioles ran into...