The Rays are unbeatable! Matt Garza got off to a shaky start and yielded two runs in the first inning, but settled down and shut the Orioles for the next 7 innings striking out 9 in the process. He allowed just 4 hits, all singles and one earned run and took 4-2 lead into the ninth inning before being lifted in favor of Rafael Soriano. After working a dramatic 9th last night for the win Soriano kept Rays fans on the edges of their seats again. For the second straight night Garrett Atkins connected for a 9th inning double off of the Rays closer. Tonight his double drove in the Orioles 3rd run to bring them within a run of the Rays. Soriano then retired Ty Wigginton and Brian Roberts to end the game and preserve the win for Garza and the Rays. The final score was once again 4-3 in favor of the Rays.
Garza’s dominance on the mound was the story of the night, but the Rays offensive delivered 10 hits. BJ Upton drove in Carl Crawford to put the Rays on the board in the 4th inning and Evan Longoria blasted a two-run double in the 5th to give the Rays the lead. Longo also delivered his second homer in as many games in the 8th inning off Cla Merideth. The heart of the order, Zobrist, Longoria and Pena are all batting .375 after two games. Kelly Shoppach and Reid Brignac started in favor of Dioner Navarro and Sean Rodriguez. Shoppach was hitless on the night with 3 strikeouts, but Brignac was 2-3 with a run scored as the Rays second baseman.
Jeff Niemann will try to complete the sweep on Thursday night at 7 o’clock. The Rays are the only unbeaten team in the American League.
You can view the full box score HERE from the Rays Official Website.