ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash was blunt. The highlight in the Rays’ 7-3 loss Monday to the Baltimore Orioles was an encouraging report on slugger Evan Longoria’s injured right hand.
Longoria was hit by a pitch in the first inning but remained in the game until being pulled after the fifth. The Rays said X-rays were negative.
“The best news of the day was negative (X-rays),” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “Frustrating, disappointing loss.”
Longoria is hitting .281 with 31 homers and 85 RBIs.
“I wouldn’t say I 100 percent expect to play tomorrow, don’t know how it’s going to feel, but if I feel good enough to play I will,” Longoria said.
Matt Duffy replaced Longoria.
“I was trying to stay in the game as long as I could, but it kept getting tighter and tighter as the game went on,” Longoria said. “I felt like I was becoming a liability out there, especially defensively because I couldn’t really grip the ball.”
Ubaldo Jimenez threw a two-hitter for his first complete game since 2011, and Chris Davis homered and drove in three runs for the Orioles.
“He kind of got rolling there,” Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. “That was fun.
Jimenez (6-11) struck out six and walked one. He retired 25 of 26 — the lone baserunner coming on a fourth-inning walk — after giving up Logan Morrison’s three-run homer in the first.
“There’s no reason that he shoots a complete game against us today,” Morrison said. “I didn’t think he was that good. He was good, but he wasn’t that good. I think we got ourselves out a lot.”
Davis hit his 34th homer, a solo shot off Matt Andriese, during a two-run fourth. Davis drove in two with a single in a five-run fifth that made it 7-3.
Andriese (6-7) lost his seventh straight decision, allowing seven runs and nine hits in five innings.
Mark Trumbo had an RBI single and Jonathan Schoop, mired in an 0-for-15 slide, had a two-run single during the fifth.
Rays: Duffy, who missed two months this season with a left Achilles’ tendon strain, had a scheduled day off from starting. … 2B Logan Forsythe also was rested.
Brad Miller, shifted from shortstop to first base when Duffy was acquired from San Francisco last month, started at short due in part to the Rays having just a three-man bench. Tampa Bay finally added some depth by recalling RHP Chase Whitley from Double-A Montgomery after the game. RHP Steve Geltz, utilityman Richie Shaffer and OF Mikie Mahtook will be recalled, and LHP Justin Marks will have his contract purchased from Triple-A Durham Tuesday. C Hank Conger was designated for assignment.
Rays RHP Jake Odorizzi (9-5), who has a 1.89 ERA since the All-Star break, will go against Orioles RHP Yovani Gallardo (4-7) on Tuesday night.