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!
By: John Mamola
Adrian Beltre’s four RBI denied David Price of his 17th win of the season as the Rays took a 6-5 loss to the Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
With the loss, the Rays lost their third consecutive game and fell out of the top spot in the American League Wild Card race. The Rays lose their third straight game for the first time since late Junes. The Rays have now lost nine of their last 10 one-run games and they are 6-18 in one-run games since May 28.
Price came into the game with 12 consecutive quality starts to go along with an eight-game winning streak. Both of those streaks came to a screeching halt against the Texas Rangers. Price allowed six runs on 10 hits in four-plus innings, throwing just 69 pitches. His American League leading 2.28 ERA now jumps to 2.53 and third place in the AL.
The Rays got off to a quick start when Evan Longoria blasted his seventh home run of the season. The two-run homer in the first inning off Rangers starter Derek Holland gave the Rays a 2-0 lead.
The Rangers answered against Price in the second on back-to-back home runs by Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz, plus a Mike Olt's RBI groundout to shortstop drove home another run to put the Rangers on top 3-2.
B.J. Upton answered back for the Rays with a sacrifice fly in the third to tie the game, but Beltre's two-run double in the bottom half of the inning gave the Rangers a 5-3 lead.
Upton tripled home a run and scored on Ben Zobrist's single in the fifth to tie the score at 5. However Texas again took the lead in the bottom half of the inning on an RBI single by Beltre that chased Price in the process.
Beltre finished the evening 3 for 3 finishing a triple shy of the cycle, with four RBI. Holland gets the win for Texas going six innings allowing five runs (three earned) on six hits striking out five.
Joe Nathan came in and notched his 26th save with a scoreless ninth inning.
The Rays will look to end their losing streak tomorrow as they’ll send James Shields against Yu Darvish for the Rangers. You can catch all the action on 620am WDAE with a 7:30pm pre-game and an 8:05pm first pitch.