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Rays Drop Finale To Brewers

 

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- If Wednesday turns out to be David Price's final appearance in a Rays uniform, it won't be the way he wanted to go out.
Martin Maldonado drove in a career-best four runs, including three of them off the Tampa Bay ace, as the Milwaukee Brewers salvaged the finale of their three-game series from the Rays with a 5-0 victory.

After going down in order on just nine pitches in the first inning, Milwaukee got to Price (11-8) in the top of the second.  Aramis Ramirez started with a base hit, moving to second when the left-hander walked Rickie Weeks.  After striking out Khris Davis, Mark Reynolds walked to load the bases, and Martin Maldonado singled to plate both Ramirez and Weeks for a 2-0 lead.

The Brewers added a third run an inning later, when Jonathan Lucroy singled, moved to second on a fielding error by Yunel Escobar, and scored on a base hit by Ramirez.

Meanwhile, Gallardo (6-5) cruised through the first six innings.  His only bump came in the first, when Desmond Jennings reached on a fielding error by Jean Segura, and Ben Zobrist singled to put a pair on.  Matt Joyce flew out to move Jennings to third, but Evan Longoria bounced into a double play to end the rally.
The Milwaukee starter allowed just one other baserunner, on a walk to Kevin Kiermaier in the third inning, in his seven innings of work.

The Brewers added a fourth run in the sixth inning, when Reynolds scored from first on a two-out double by Maldonado, and made it 5-0 in the eighth when the Milwaukee catcher singled in Davis, who had doubled into the Ray Tank two batters earlier.

Relievers Jared Jeffress and Zach Duke would load the bases in the ninth before Francisco Rodriguez struck out Yunel Escobar to end the game and earn his 31st save.

Tampa Bay will have Thursday off before starting a three-game series with the Los Angeles Angels Friday.  Jeremy Hellickson (0-0, 1.00 ERA) will get the start, taking on Matt Shoemaker (8-3, 4.13 ERA).

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