The Tampa Bay Rays will seek to build on a successful turnaround to one of their longest road trips of the season as they return home.
It hardly looked like Tampa Bay (15-17) would finish anywhere close to .500 on its 10-game trek when it dropped four of the first five. The Rays, though, rebounded to take four of the final five, playing those games against AL East rivals Boston and New York in a span of about 75 hours.
Wil Myers hit his first inside-the-park homer and matched a career high with four RBIs in a 5-1 victory over the Yankees on Sunday. Myers had seven RBIs in the three-game set while going 6 for 16.
Desmond Jennings had his home run streak snapped at three games but went 3 for 4 to extend his hit streak to seven.
"I think we've kind of come together as a group and I think there's a lot of belief in the clubhouse," manager Joe Maddon told the team's official website. "Now we get to go home ... and let's be ready to play Tuesday night."
Maddon's club will try to continue its recent home success against Baltimore (15-14). Tampa Bay won seven of 10 meetings at Tropicana Field last season, including the final four matchups.
The Rays lost their only two games against the Orioles this season April 14 and 16 after winning 11 of the previous 13 matchups, and Archer (2-1, 4.84 ERA) had the worst outing of his career in the series opener.
The right-hander allowed seven runs and 12 hits over five innings in a 7-1 defeat. He bounced back to beat the Yankees 16-1 on April 19 with 6 2-3 innings of one-run ball, but he's since posted a 7.59 ERA in two starts.
Archer couldn't make it out of a miserable fifth inning Thursday against Boston, getting charged with five runs. He avoided a loss when the Rays rallied for a 6-5 victory.
Archer will face a Baltimore team that produced a combined three runs in back-to-back defeats in Minnesota over the weekend. The Orioles had outscored opponents 14-6 during a season high-tying three consecutive wins.
Nelson Cruz's home run accounted for all of the Orioles' offense in a 5-2 loss Sunday.
"Hopefully everybody will get some rest and finally we'll play some games at the same time in the same city in the same time zone," manager Buck Showalter told the team's website.
Chris Tillman (3-1, 3.68) will try to end his recent struggles against Tampa Bay. The right-hander has gone 1-4 with a 5.14 ERA in his last five matchups, the most recent Aug. 19.
Tillman's latest start Thursday against Pittsburgh ended in the fifth inning due to a rain delay. He was charged with three runs in 4 2-3 innings and has a 7.63 ERA in his last three outings after posting a 0.84 mark in his first three.
Jennings is 2 for 13 against Tillman and Myers is 0 for 3, while Evan Longoria has gone 10 for 24 with four homers - his second-highest home run total against any pitcher.
J.J. Hardy and Matt Wieters went a combined 6 for 6 with three doubles against Archer on April 14.
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