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!
Jeremy Hellickson gets his first win in over two months as the Rays go on to defeat the Baltimore Orioles 3-1. Hellickson pitched a strong 6 1/3 innings only allowing a run on three hits securing the Rays 50th win of the season on July 24th, the latest date the Rays have reached that win total since 2007.
After retiring eleven of the first twelve batters he faced, the defending American League Rookie Of The Year made his only mistake of the evening resulting in the only run the Orioles would score in the contest. Orioles centerfielder Adam Jones put the Orioles up 1-0 with his 23rd home run of the season in the Orioles half of the fourth inning.
The Rays offense struck back in the top of the fifth inning as Brooks Conrad blasted his second home run as a Ray into the left field stands. Conrad’s two run shot put the Rays ahead 2-1.
The Rays added another run in the sixth inning utilizing some small ball tactics. BJ Upton led off the inning with a walk only to advance to second on a balk by Orioles starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen. Ben Zobrist followed with a sacrifice bunt advancing Upton to third base setting the table for Jeff Keppinger’s RBI single giving the Rays a 3-1 lead.
Hellickson finished his outing retiring eight of the last nine hitters he faced. Fernando Rodney came in for his 28th save, which is second in both the American League and Major League Baseball.
Sam Fuld finished 1-3 with a walk and a run scored in his season debut for the Rays.
The win marks the ninth time this season the Rays have won when scoring three runs or less. The Rays record is now 9-39 when scoring three runs or less in a game.
The Rays will look to take two in a row over the Orioles tomorrow night. The Rays will send David Price against Miguel Gonzalez for Baltimore. You can catch all the action on 620am WDAE beginning with the pre-game at 6:30pm, and a 7:05pm first pitch.