Rays Offense Backs All-Star David Price In Rays 7-3 Victory
With their 4-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday night the Tampa Bay Rays finished an 11-game/10-day road trip through Baltimore, New York, and Detroit with a record of 9-2 to improve to 41-50 on the season.
The Rays move out of the cellar of the American League East for the first time since they were 23-30 following their loss on May 27th a span of 38 games.
David Price (8-7, 3.48 ERA) was named to the All-Star game prior to the game and went out and delivered a stellar 8.2 innings in allowing three runs (earned) on just seven hits striking out six and walking three.
After giving up a solo home run to J.D. Martinez to lead off the bottom of the ninth he retired the next two hitters but walked Eugenio Suarez and Bryan Holaday back to back and was lifted for Jake McGee who struck out Austin Jackson to end the game and earned him his fifth save on the year.
The Tigers scored their runs on a Miguel Cabrera sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first to cut the Rays lead to 3-1, a Torii Hunter solo homer leading off the bottom of the seventh to draw within five at 7-2, and a solo home run by J.D. Martinez to lead off the bottom of the ninth to cut the lead to 7-3.
Tigers starter Rick Porcello (11-5, 3.53 ERA) had entered the game with a scoreless streak of 25-innings but the Rays ended that two batters in the game as Desmond Jennings led off with a leadoff double and came in to score on a RBI single by Ben Zobrist. Matt Joyce extended the Rays lead to 3-0 with a 2-run homer, his fourth on the road trip and seventh on the season.
The Rays broke the game open with three runs in the sixth inning. The first run was manufactured as Sean Rodriguez singled and then moved to third base on a perfectly executed hit and run by Jose Molina. Kevin Kiermaier sent a ground ball to second base but the Tigers were unable to turn the double play allowing Rodriguez to cross home plate with the Rays fifth run.
Desmond Jennings brought Kiermaier home by delivering a 2-run homer to left to end Porcello’s evening and gave the Rays the commanding 7-1 lead.
The Tigers bullpen held the Rays off the board over the final 3.1 innings of work while the Tigers had a pair of solo homers to cut the lead to 7-3.