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Rays Shutout By Vargas, Angels Win Series

The Tampa Bay Rays dropped their series finale with the Los Angeles Angels by a final score of 2-0. It was the first non-winning series at Tropicana Field since June 13-16th versus the Kansas City Royals. Over the span of time from the Royals series til today the Rays were 9-0-1 in home series.  The loss drops the Rays record to 75-57 and they begin the night 3 games behind the Boston Red Sox who take on the Baltimore Orioles at 7:05.

Jake Odorizzi [1] took the loss to fall to 0-1 with a 5.09 ERA. He worked an impressive 5 innings allowing just 1R/ER on 4 hits striking out 3 and walking 2.

“Give Odorizzi credit today”, Joe Maddon [2] said, “He pitched really, really, really well…To keep them to two runs today is really important on our part. We normally win a game like that, especially at home. I was really pleased with the pitching, overall defense, big knock toward the end there again by Escobar. Another good at-bat late in the ballgame.”

Justin Vargas earned the victory as he frustrated Rays hitters all afternoon delivering 7 scoreless innings allowing just 2 hits striking out 7 and walking 3. Ernesto Frieri [3] came in to work the 9th inning and notched his 28th save on the season.

Odorizzi_LAA_AUG [4]Over Vargas last two starts at Tropicana Field he has not allowed an earned run over 13 innings and in his career he has piteced to a 2.52 ERA at Tropicana Field (5 appearances, 4 starts).

The Rays threatened Vargas in the first inning by loading the bases with only 1-out but Sean Rodriguez [5] popped out to 3rd and Yunel Escobar [6] lined out to center to end the inning.

There was a deflating feeling in the dugout after failing to score with the baseball. Joe Maddon [2] called it a “frustrating day all around.” About the bases loaded play he said, “that’s not a good play for us.”

The Rays offense was frustrating to watch during the entire series as Wil Myers [7] and Evan Longoria [8] combined to go 0 for 19. The good news is that Wil Myers drew 3 walks on the afternoon matching a career high and brings hope that the old adage ‘when you’re walking you’re hitting” will ring true.

After the game Myers said, “I feel better. I felt like today was my best day in a week. I felt my hands working a lot better today even though I did have the strike out – took some good swings at balls.”

The Rays depart for a 10-game, 3-city road trip beginning with 3 games in Oakland against the Athletics on Friday Night at 10:05 pm. The pitching match up will be David Price [9] (8-5, 3.28 ERA) against Jarrod Parker [10] (10-6, 3.58 ERA).

On Saturday at 9:05 the Rays will send Alex Cobb [11] (8-2, 2.87 ERA) up against Sonny Gray [12] (1-2, 3.18 ERA).

On Sunday at 4:05 the Rays will most likely turn the ball over to Roberto Hernandez [13] (6-13, 3.95 ERA) take on A.J. Griffin [14] (11-9, 3.94 ERA).  It should be noted that the decision on who starts on Sunday for the Rays has not been determined.