Price Returns From Flu, Shuts Out Blue Jays Over Eight Innings
In their final game before the All-Star break the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Toronto Blue Jays by a final score of 3-0 and improve their record to 44-53.
The win extended the Rays series home record (includes three games in Orlando) to 20-0-2 dating back to the 2007 season. It is the third longest home series win streak going back to 1969 behind the Boston Red Sox 25 series streak against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (May 5, 2000 through June 5, 2008) and the Cincinnati Reds 27 series streak against the San Diego Padres (May 18, 1973 through June 24, 1982).
Price (9-7, 3.23 ERA) worked eight scoreless innings allowing just five hits striking out five and walking one. He departed after allowing a leadoff hit to Melky Cabrera in the top of the ninth inning. He threw 112 pitches which included 23 first inning pitches. About the high pitch count in the first inning Price said, “I was just able to slow myself down. It’s been a week since I’ve been out there. …That’s been the case for a while—maybe a little bit too amped up out there in the first and we were able to slow it down after that.”
Jake McGee came in and retired Jose Bautista on a pop out to second baseman Logan Forsythe in foul territory and struck out Colby Rasmus and Erik Kratz to end the game to pick up his seventh save on the season.
R.A. Dickey pitched well enough to win allowing just two runs (both earned) on five hits striking out five and walking three. The Rays rallied with two outs in the bottom of the third inning to score their first run on a RBI single by Logan Fosythe to score Yunel Escobar who had singled and moved to second after Dickey hit Jose Molina with a pitch.
In the bottom of the sixth inning with 2-outs Yunel Escobar stole second on R.A. Dickey. It was unusual time for Escobar to get his fist stolen base of the season as it was only the second stolen base attempt against Dickey all season. Jose Molina followed with a single to right fielder Jose Bautista who fired a seed to catcher Josh Thole who called Escobar out.
Joe Maddon challenged the call and after 1:37 second delay the call was overturned and the Rays had a 2-0 lead. They would finish their scoring against on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Evan Longoria to plate Kevin Kiermaier from third off reliever Todd Redmond.