by Brian Alward, 620 WDAE
The Dodgers had no problem continuing their winning ways against the Rays with good pitching from Greinke and the bullpen shutting out Tampa Bay 5-0.
Zach Greinke pitched 6.1 innings, allowing six hits, one walk and seven strikeouts while not allowing a single run.
The Dodgers bullpen was fantastic with former Rays pitcher, J.P. Howell, and Chris Withrow on for relief combining for no hits allowed.
Unfortunately for the Rays, the Dodgers offense was clicking too.
Adrian Gonzalez gave the Dodgers an early 2-0 lead in the first inning with a 2-run home run to right field.
The bottom of the 4th inning did not go well for Roberto Hernandez. He started the inning by walking Greinke, the pitcher, followed by a double by Carl Crawford. Nick Punto gets a base hit shortly after to score them both. The Dodgers now lead the Rays 4-0.
The bottom of the 4th inning was a somewhat strange inning that began with three straight base hits by Andre Ethier, Juan Uribe and Skip Schumaker. At this point bases are loaded for the Dodgers. A.J. Ellis hits a sacrifice fly to score Ethier. At this point, the Rays use the old "hidden ball trick" to tag Uribe out when he stepped off third base. James Loney tosses the ball to Yunel Escobar while Uribe was not paying attention. Escobar then flips the ball quickly to Longoria who then tagged Uribe. Uribe and the Dodgers were stunned. This trick play helped minimize the damage in, what looked to be, a high-scoring inning for the Dodgers. The Dodgers now lead the Rays 5-0.
The Rays had six hits, but could not get the bats going with runners in scoring position. 5-0 is your final from LA.
The Rays will finish up the series vs the Dodgers in LA Sunday with an 8:05pm start. Pregame coverage starts at 6:00pm right here on 620WDAE/95.3FM, Home of the Rays.