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Tampa Bay 10, Baltimore 0
When: 7:10 PM ET, Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Where: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
Temperature: Indoors
Umpires: Home - Brian Gorman, 1B - Jeremy Riggs, 2B - James Hoye, 3B - Adrian Johnson
Attendance: 4795

Mike Zunino homered for the fifth straight game and Nelson Cruz blasted two to help the Tampa Bay Rays deal the Baltimore Orioles their 13th straight loss Tuesday, trouncing them 10-0 in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Zunino ripped a two-run shot, his career-best 26th home run, off Orioles left-hander John Means in a three-run fourth inning, which started scoreless after Means had recorded seven strikeouts in the first three frames.

Zunino's previous high mark for homers was 25 in 2017 with the Seattle Mariners, which he did in 124 games. In this All-Star campaign, the catcher clubbed No. 26 in just his 82nd contest.

Cruz produced five RBIs with his two blasts, and Randy Arozarena's hitting streak moved to nine games in a 4-for-5 outing for the Rays, who have won seven consecutive games against the Orioles and are 13-1 against them this season.

Tampa's Drew Rasmussen crafted four scoreless frames. He faced just two batters over the minimum and struck out three and walked one.

In his second major league appearance and first since 2019, Chris Ellis (1-0) earned his first victory by closing with four scoreless innings. He struck out seven and walked one while giving up three hits.

Jorge Mateo produced two of the four hits for the Orioles, who are 1-14 in August.

Means (5-5) surrendered eight hits, two homers and seven runs -- four earned -- in four-plus innings, with seven whiffs and no walks.

A fielding error by shortstop Mateo on Wander Franco's grounder leading off the fourth resulted in three unearned runs on Means' ledger.

In a heads-up play after the miscue, Franco tagged up and advanced to second on a fly out to center. Margot followed with an RBI double off the right-field wall for a 1-0 lead.

Two batters later, Zunino made it 3-0 by crushing Means' 91 mph four-seam fastball 373 feet to left.

Cruz added a towering three-run moon shot to left in the fifth -- with a soaring launch angle of 39 degrees -- for his first deep shot in his new home park.

Brandon Lowe's RBI double and another unearned run, on Ramon Urias' dropped pop fly, rounded out the five-run inning.

Cruz's second homer was a two-run, 437-foot rocket off the facing of the second deck in left in the sixth. It was his 26th homer.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Starting Pitchers
Baltimore   Tampa Bay
John Means Player Drew Rasmussen
Loss W/L No Decision
4.0 IP 4.0
7 Strikeouts 3
8 Hits 1
9.00 ERA 0.00
Baltimore   Tampa Bay
Jorge Mateo Player Randy Arozarena
2 Hits 4
0 RBI 0
0 HR 0
2 TB 5
.667 Avg .800
Team Stats Summary
Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Baltimore 4 0 5 .129 11 10 0 2 0 2
Tampa Bay 11 3 23 .297 11 10 9 1 0 0