Odorizzi Evens Record & Rays Pull To Within One Game Of .500
The Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Texas Rangers by a final score of 6-3 to pull to within one game of .500 with a record of 60-61. The Rays return home to face the New York Yankees with a chance to return to .500 for the first time since falling 18 games under at 24-42 on June 10th
The Rays return home trailing the Baltimore Orioles by 10 games in the American League East and six games behind the second wild card leading Detroit Tigers who defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 earlier in the day.
Jake Odorizzi (9-9, 3.82 ERA) evened his record with seven inning of work allowing 2 runs (earned) on four hits striking out seven and walking one. After allowing a 2-run homer to Geovanny Soto in the fourth inning he retired the final ten batters he faced.
The Rays extended their lead to 4-0 in the third inning. With two outs and Evan Longoria down in the count Brandon Guyer stole second to get into scoring position. Longoria followed with a bloop single to make the stolen base pay off driving Guyer home. Longoria moved into scoring position on a wild pitch and came in on a James Loney single.
The Rangers cut the Rays lead in half in their half of the fourth on a two run homer by Geovany Soto (#1). Evan Longoria answered Soto’s homer with a 2-run shot of his own in the top of the fifth inning to push the Rays lead back to four runs at 6-2.