The Tampa Bay Rays played The Texas Rangers on October 4, 2011. The Rays ended their AL wild-card streak, losing 4-3.
The Tampa Bay Rays play the Texas Rangers for Game 2 in Texas! Final score: 6-8 (Texas)
The Rays beat the New York Yankees to clinch a playoff spot in the 2011 playoffs!
The Rays took on the Blue Jays in the final game of this three-game series and six-game two city road trip. Jeremy Hellickson looked to get back on track as he has struggled through out the season thus far.
Hellickson has had problems in the first of his starts this year and that continued on Wednesday as Anthony Gose lead off the game with a double and Jose Bautista drove him in with an RBI single putting the Rays behind 1-0 early. It did not take long for the Rays to answer and take a lead of their own.
A single by Jose Molina followed by a walk to Desmond Jennings set up back-to-back singles by Ryan Roberts and Ben Zobrist scoring both runners and giving the Rays a 2-1 lead in the third inning. Jose Bautista who had a great day against Hellickson tied the game up once again with a long solo home run to left squaring things up at 2-2.
The Orioles pitchers sent down fifteen straight Rays at one point and it was not until the ninth inning that the Rays would re-take the lead. Evan Longoria waited until the ninth inning but his double not only extended his streak to sixteen games but it allowed James Loney to bring him in on a single up the middle to give Tampa Bay a 3-2 lead in the final frame.
Fernando Rodney came on in the ninth looking to close this one out for the Rays, but could not get the job done. Jose Bautista hit his second solo home run of the game and Rodney had his fourth blown save of the season.
The Jays did not waste much time in extra innings. Colby Rasmus had a lead-off single and after being moved over to third on a bunt and a ground out, who else but Jose Bautista would deliver a walk-off single to give the Blue Jays a 4-3 victory over the Rays.
Tampa Bay returns home to take on the Yankees this weekend with the first game of the series being on Friday, first pitch set for 7:10 PM.
BY: John Mamola
Alex Cobb was stellar across the border as the Tampa Bay Rays overcome late bullpen troubles to grab the second game of the divisional three game set with a 4-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. For the second straight game, Cobb pitched an identical 6 1/3 innings allowing a run on three hits. Only this time around, Cobb gets the win added to his stat line, his fifth win in nine starts this year.
Some early offense from the Rays was key for Cobb in grabbing the ‘w’ in his first start at Rogers Centre in Toronto. Evan Longoria led off the Rays half of the second inning with his 14th double of the season only to advance to third on a ground out by Ben Zobrist. Luke Scott drove in Longoria on a ground out to third base with the shift on by the Blue Jays defense. The Rays had an early 1-0 lead.
The very next batter didn’t waste time adding to that lead as Kelly Johnson blasted a solo home run into the deepest part of Rogers Centre. The former Blue Jays’ eighth home run of the season put the Rays ahead 2-0 after two innings.
The Rays added two more runs in the top half of the third inning as Desmond Jennings blasted his fifth home run of the year on the first pitch of the inning. The Rays had a commanding lead at 3-0 when Luke Scott drove in his second RBI of the game on a single to center putting Tampa Bay up 4-0.
Alex Cobb’s lone mistake pitch came in the bottom of the fifth inning as Colby Rasmus blasted his seventh home run of the year deep into the right center field stands. Although Rasmus’ ball had difficulty finding a landing spot for reportedly a number of minutes, the Rays still led 4-1.
The Rays bullpen once again struggled in the later innings as Joel Peralta allowed a single to the first batter he faced in the eighth inning, then walking Melky Cabrera to give Jose Bautista a chance to tie the game. Bautista blasted a single to right center scoring Munenori Kawasaki from second to make it 4-2 Rays. Peralta bounced back with a big strikeout of Edwin Encarnacion for the first out of the inning leaving things up to Adam Lind.
Lind ended up hitting a ground ball to second base which was on tap for a sure fire double play ball. However Ryan Roberts bobbled the ball and was unable to make a good toss to second for at least one out. In the end, everyone was safe and the bases were loaded for J.P. Arencibia.
Rays Manager Joe Maddon decided to bring in closer Fernando Rodney for the challenge of gathering a five out save. The first two of those five outs came in a one pitch double play turned by the Rays defense to end the eighth inning threat by Toronto.
Rodney would run into trouble in the ninth with one out, Colby Rasmus hit a ground rule double to get a runner on for Toronto. Rasmus was moved over to third on a ground out by Macier Izturis, and then scored on a wild pitch by Fernando Rodney to make it 4-3. Rodney finished his night with a walk of Kawasaki just to make things even more interesting, but then struck out Melky Cabrera on three straight pitches to end the game.
Alex Cobb gets the win going 6 1/3 innings pitched. 39 year old Ramon Ortiz is handed the loss as he was pulled after only 2 1/3 innings pitched allowing all four Rays runs on six hits. Fernando Rodney notches his ninth save of the season.
The Rays will wrap up their road trip tomorrow with a late afternoon rubber match against Toronto. Tampa Bay will send Jeremy Hellickson against Mark Buehrle for the Blue Jays. Catch all the action on 620am/95.3 FM WDAE beginning at 4:00pm with the pre-game, and a 4:37pm first pitch.
by Steve Carney
Jake Odorizzi had a good first start as a Tampa Bay Ray, but the bullpen couldn't keep the game even, as Edwin Encarnacion broke a 3-3 tie in the seventh en route to a 7-5 win for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Toronto attacked Odorizzi, making his Rays debut, early, as Melky Cabrera led off the bottom of the first with a single. Edwin Encarnacion singled Cabrera to third base, and Adam Lind's sacrifice fly not only scored Cabrera, but thanks to a throwing error by Yunel Escobar, Encarnacion took third base. A triple by Brett Lawrie then plated Encarnacion to make it 2-0.
Tampa Bay got one run back in the second, as Longoria singled, moved to second on a passed ball, took third on a groundout, and after a walk to Luke Scott, scored on a fielder's choice by Sam Fuld.
Toronto re-established their two-run lead in their half of the second, as Henry Blanco reached on a controversial one-out double (replay showed Blanco was out at second base, but umpire C.B. Bucknor called him safe), and scored on a double by Cabrera two batters later.
The Rays pulled even in the third, as Matt Joyce drew a two-out walk from R.A. Dickey. Zobrist then singled, and both runners came in as Longoria doubled over Jose Bautista's head in right field.
The game remained tied until the seventh inning, when Josh Lueke walked Emilio Bonifacio, Munenori Kawasaki and Jose Bautista to load the bases before Edwin Encarnacion unloaded them with a double off the left-field wall and make it 6-3.
Kawasaki added a fourth run to the lead an inning later with an RBI triple in the eighth.
Yunel Escobar blasted a two-out two-run homer off Casey Janssen, who also allowed a single to Desmond Jennings and a walk to Matt Joyce before Ben Zobrist struck out on three pitches to end the game.
Tampa Bay will look to start a new winning streak Tuesday evening, when Alex Cobb (4-2, 2.89 ERA) takes on Ramon Ortiz (1-1, 2.35 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:07, with coverage on 620 WDAE / 95.3 FM at 6:00 with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.
Just a couple hours before the Rays' series opener in Toronto Monday manager Joe Maddon joined the Ron and Ian Show.
Mostly they spoke about the team's huge sweep in Baltimore, and touched on David Price's rough start that currently has the Cy Young winner on the disabled list.
"It'll come back to him," Maddon said, adding that Price's velocity may be a little down but that he was "pitching well" despite the results.
For the full conversation click below.
Wil Myers was the big name in the James Shields trade, but one of the "other" parts of the trade will see the field first for Tampa Bay.
Jake Odorizzi gets the call for Monday afternoon's 1:07 p.m. start in Toronto.
Monday morning, daily guest Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times talked about Odorizzi's expectations.
Odorizzi told Topkin his two starts last season with Kansas City have him prepared. "I feel a lot more at home having been up once already," Odorizzi said.
Actually it may be more comfortable than his last start in Durham.
"His last start ironically was his worst one," Topkin told Tom and Rick Monday. "That was the one they pulled him from, without telling him why, and then after the game he finds out -- because the Tampa Bay front office called and told them to get him out of there."
Topkin added that calling up Odorizzi "was the plan" since David Price's injury.
Click below for the full Topkin conversation.
BY: John Mamola
A historic day for Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Matt Moore as he improves his record to 8-0 on the season with a 3-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles. The Rays grab a sweep of the O’s for the first time this season as Moore becomes the first left handed pitcher 23 years old and younger to start a season 8-0 since Babe Ruth in 1917.
The Rays offense seemed to take the day off following 22 runs scored on 28 hits combined the first two games of the series. The Rays bats only mustered three runs against Orioles starting pitcher Chris Tillman through six innings of work.
Desmond Jennings got things going for the Rays in their half of the third inning. With Yunel Escobar on first and two outs, Jennings nailed a 3-2 fastball down the left field line scoring Escobar to make it 1-0 Rays. For Jennings, it was his fifth RBI in his last five games.
Reflecting the past two evenings, it didn’t take long for the Orioles offense to react. Following a lead off triple by Manny Machado in the fourth inning, Adam Jones got the O’s on the board with a single to left center tying the game at one a piece. Jones’ single marked the only blemish on Matt Moore’s pitching line, as Moore pitched a strong seven innings allowing that single run on five hits.
The Rays took the lead back in the top of the fifth as former Orioles’ DH Luke Scott blasted a solo home run to right center field. Scott’s third home run of the season put the Rays in front 2-1. Matt Joyce continued his hot hitting with a solo home run off the foul pole in right field in the sixth inning giving the Rays a 3-1 lead. Joyce’s blast was reviewed as the ball hit the portion of the foul pole that was not painted yellow which lies between the bottom of the painted pole and the top of the wall. Originally Joyce’s home run was ruled a double, but was over turned by video review.
Matt Moore now leads Major League Baseball with his eighth win of the season, as Fernando Rodney reaps in his eighth save of the year. The Rays sweep the Orioles at Camden Yards for the first time since May 6th-8th of 2011, and have won nine of their last eleven games.
The Rays will head to Toronto a three game series beginning Monday afternoon as the country of Canada celebrates Victoria Day. The Rays will send Jake Odorizzi who will make his MLB debut against reigning National League Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey. Catch all the action on 620am / 95.3 FM WDAE beginning at 12:30pm, with a 1:07pm first pitch.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Matt Joyce hit a go-ahead two-run double in a six-run ninth-inning rally, lifting the Tampa Bay Rays to a 10-6 victory over the Orioles on Saturday, ending Baltimore's franchise-record streak of 109 straight wins when leading after seven innings.
Joyce also homered and finished 3 for 5 with five RBIs.
It was the third straight road victory for the Rays, all of them come-from-behind wins.
Trailing 6-4, Kelly Johnson hit a one-out homer off Orioles closer Jim Johnson (1-4), whose club-record streak of 35 straight saves ended Tuesday.
Johnson then loaded the bases on two walks and a hit before Joyce hit a two-run double to the right-center gap for a 7-6 lead. Ben Zobrist followed with a two-run double off Darren O'Day, who later issued a bases-loaded walk to Luke Scott.
Adam Jones and Chris Davis homered for the Orioles, who have lost four straight.