Rays Jerry Sands Breaks Three Bats But Drives In Winning Run
The Tampa Bay Rays (27-43) came back for deficits of 2-0 and 3-1 to overtake the Houston Astros (32-39) thanks to a broken bat RBI single by Jerry Sands in the top of the eighth inning.
David Price allowed a pair of solo home runs in the first inning but settled in to quiet the Astros bats giving up just one more run over eight innings of work as the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Houston Astros to win their first series since May 23-25th in Boston.
Jake McGee came in to protect the Rays one run lead in the ninth inning to earn his first save of the season and second of his career.
In his eight innings of work Price (5-6, 3.93 ERA) allowed three runs (all earned) on five hits striking out ten and walking none.
The Rays tied the game up in the top of the sixth inning thanks to a replay challenge that overturned an inning ending double play. With one out Yunel Escobar singled and moved to third on a Jose Molina single.
Desmond Jennings sent a hard ground ball to shortstop Jonathan Villar who shoveled a long underhand toss to second baseman Marwin Gonzalez whose relay throw to first baseman Chris Carter was a split second late to nab the speedy Jennings but first base umpire Mark Carlson called him out.
Joe Maddon came out to challenge the call which was overturned Jennings was safe and Yunel Escobar had crossed home plate with the game tying run on the play.
The Rays rallied to take the lead in the top of the seventh inning. Matt Joyce led the inning of with a single and Yunel Escobar reached base by being hit by a Jerome Williams pitch in an area that luckily includes protective gear:
Jerry Sands came in to pinch hit for Jose Molina and after breaking two bats earlier in the plate appearance delivered a broken bat RBI single to give the Rays a 4-3 lead.