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
The Tampa Bay Rays make it six wins in a row as they defeat the Boston Red Sox 5-2 on Tuesday night in Boston. David Price earns his 19th win of the season as he pitches his second complete game of the season allowing two runs on seven hits and striking out thirteen.
As the cool winds of fall blew into the hallowed grounds of Fenway Park, the red hot Rays offense found their spark early against Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz. Following back to back walks to Evan Longoria and Luke Scott to lead off the top of the second inning, Jeff Keppinger took the first pitch he saw in the game and placed it over the Green Monster in left field. The Rays were off and running to a 3-0 lead on their division rival.
The Red Sox offense answered back with a run in the bottom of the second on a Danny Valencia RBI single to cut the Rays lead to 3-1. The Red Sox would add a run in the bottom of the third inning on a balk by Price making it 3-2 Rays.
That’s all the offense the Red Sox gathered for the night on David Price. Following the balk, Price retired 19 of the 20 batters he faced afterward including ten strikeouts.
The Rays added two more in the top of the sixth inning on a Jose Molina two RBI single which drove in Keppinger and Carlos Pena to make it 5-2 Rays. On the play, Molina pulled up limp after rounding first base. He is believed to have a right quad strain after appearing in his 17th straight game.
Price’s thirteen strikeouts is a new season high and puts him at 201 strikeouts for the season. David Price and James Shields are the 7th set of teammates in major league baseball history to reach 200 strikeouts in back to back seasons.
The Rays will look to sweep the two game series tomorrow night as they throw Alex Cobb against Jon Lester for the Red Sox. Catch all the action on 620am WDAE beginning at 7:00pm with a 7:10pm first pitch.