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Rays Defeat Orioles 7-4

Posted By Steve Kinsella On August 20, 2013 @ 11:11 PM In Florida News,Insider Main,Legacy,main feature,MLB | No Comments

The Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Baltimore Orioles 7-4 to win their 6th game in their past 7 and guarantee that they will remain at most 1 game behind the Boston Red Sox in the AL East race. The victory improves the Rays to 72-52 on the year. Alex Cobb [1]  allowed just 2R/1ER on 3 hits striking out 5 and walking 4 in 6+ innings of work and picked up the win to improve his record to 8-2 and Fernando Rodney [2] came in relief in the 9th inning to earn his 29th save on the season.

Cobb_BALT_AUG [3]The Rays gave Alex Cobb [1] the early 1-0 lead on a Yunel Escobar [4] single in the 2nd inning. The Orioles got an RBI single from Ryan Flaherty [5] in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at 1-1. The Rays added 2 runs in the top of the 3rd on a RBI double by Ben Zobrist [6] and a sacrifice fly by Matt Joyce [7].

Cobb seemed to run out of gas as he labored in the 7th inning issuing a leadoff walk to Matt Wieters [8], a single to J.J. Hardy [9], and a walk to Ryan Flaherty [5] to load the bases.

Joe Maddon [10] called on Alex Torres [11] to come into the game and he got a groundball to Evan Longoria [12] who stepped on 3rd and fired the  ball to Ben Zobrist [6] at 2nd. Even though the run scored but the rally was short circuited. Torres ended the inning by striking out Nate McLouth [13] to end the inning.

After Torres escaped the jam Jamey Wright [14] was brought in to work the 8th inning and after issuing a 1-out walk to Chris Davis [15] he got the groundball double play off the bat of Adam Jones [16] to protect the 3-2 lead.

The Rays padded their lead with a 4 spot in the top of the ninth. Kelly Johnson [17] and Desmond Jennings [18] delivered back to back singles to begin the inning and both runners advanced a base on a high chopper off the bat of Ben Zobrist. Evan Longoria [12] was intentionally walked and Joe Maddon [10] elected to have Matt Joyce [7] remain in the game to face the left handed McFarland.

The decision paid off as Joyce pounded a double inside the bag at first base and drove in both Johnson and Jennings.  Wil Myers [19] followed with a 2-RBI single to plate both Longoria and Joyce.

With a 7-2 lead Wesley Wright [20] was brought in to work the 9th inning. He issued a leadoff walk to Nick Markakis [21] and Matt Wieters [8] followed with a 2-run homer to cut the lead to 7-4. Wright’s night ended after he walked J.J. Hardy [9].

Fernando Rodney [2] came in to the game and retired Ryan Flaherty on a fly out to left, Brian Roberts [22] popped up to first base, and struck out Nate McLouth [13] to earn his 29th save.

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[1] Alex Cobb: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/cobbal01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[2] Fernando Rodney: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/rodnefe01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

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[4] Yunel Escobar: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/e/escobyu01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[5] Ryan Flaherty: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/flahery01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[6] Ben Zobrist: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/z/zobribe01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[7] Matt Joyce: http://www.sportstalkflorida.com/players/j/joycema01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[8] Matt Wieters: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/wietema01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[9] J.J. Hardy: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hardyjj01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[10] Joe Maddon: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/maddojo99.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[11] Alex Torres: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/t/torreal01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[12] Evan Longoria: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/longoev01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[13] Nate McLouth: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mclouna01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[14] Jamey Wright: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/wrighja01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[15] Chris Davis: http://www.baseball-reference.com/player_search.cgi?results=davisch02,davis-008chr&utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[16] Adam Jones: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/j/jonesad01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[17] Kelly Johnson: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/j/johnske05.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[18] Desmond Jennings: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/j/jennide01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[19] Wil Myers: http://www.baseball-reference.com/player_search.cgi?results=,myerswi01&utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[20] Wesley Wright: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/wrighwe01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[21] Nick Markakis: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/markani01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[22] Brian Roberts: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/roberbr01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

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