(SportsNetwork.com) - The Tampa Bay Rays take aim at their second straight win as they close out a three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards on Sunday.
The Rays entered Saturday's action following a 2-1 loss in the series opener that marked their sixth setback in a row. Tampa Bay finally ended the skid on Saturday as Erasmo Ramirez tossed seven scoreless innings to lead the team to a 3-0 win.
Joey Butler and Steven Souza both hit solo home runs in the win, while Baltimore struggled offensively. Steve Clevenger went 2-for-3 for the Orioles, but the rest of the team combined for eight strikeouts and just one hit in 26 at-bats.
"With the losses we've had we really hadn't gotten blown out," said Souza. "They've all been close games that we've just lost, so winning a close one here can really get the morale going."
Brandon Guyer also made his mark in Saturday's win for Tampa Bay, going 3- for-4 with two doubles from the leadoff spot in the lineup. Evan Longoria drove in his team-leading 24th run of the campaign with a sacrifice fly in the opening frame.
The Rays will try to steal the series on Sunday with right-handed Jake Odorizzi on the hill. Although Odorizzi owns just 3-5 record, he is among the American League leaders in several statistical categories and has a 2.31 ERA. Odorizzi was handed at losing decision in his last three outings despite recording quality starts in all three games.
The Orioles will counter with Chris Tillman, who has amassed a 1-6 record over the span of his last eight starts. The 27-year old right-hander had a decent showing on Tuesday, holding the Astros to two runs on five hits over seven innings of work.
"I think I was able to execute some pitches and get out of situations," said Tillman after the loss to Houston. "I wasn't very good at getting the first hitter of the inning, but it put some stress on you to get pitches and to get a double play or some quick outs. I'd like to be better with that first hitter."
Tillman is winless since April 18. He has had trouble against Longoria in the past. The Rays star third baseman is batting .424 with six homers and nine RBI in 33 chances against Tillman.
Manny Machado, who is hitless in the series for far in seven at-bats, is 0- for-9 versus Odorizzi in his career.
Baltimore leads the season series, 5-3.