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Despite late drama, Rays hold on to win 5-4

Posted By Will Creager On Jun 20 2012 @ 12:11 am In Tampa Bay Devil Rays | No Comments

David Price picked up his 50th career victory as the Tampa Bays Rays beat the Washington Nationals 5-4. Price worked 7 innings, allowing 4 runs, 3 of which were earned, on 6 hits and 1 BB while striking out 4.

Both teams got on the board early. The Rays took the lead in the top of the 1st inning on consecutive singles by Desmond Jennings, Carlos Pena, and B.J. Upton to start the game.

Danny Espinosa led off the bottom of the 1st with a single. He then stole second, took third base on Ryan Zimmerman’s groundout, and then scored on Will Rhymes’ throwing error. After the Rays failed to score in the top of the 2nd inning, the Nats took a 2-1 lead when Ian Desmond led off the Nat’s half of the inning with a home run.

The Rays came right back with a big 3rd inning, taking a 3-2 lead on a 2-run homer by Pena and then adding 2 more runs on a triple by Elliot Johnson.

The score stayed 5-2 until the bottom of the 6th inning, when Ryan Zimmerman hit a 2-out single and Michael Morse drove him in with a 2-run homer, making it a 5-4 game.

Things got interesting and heated in the middle of the 8th inning. Joe Maddon brought in his setup man, Joel Peralta, to pitch in the bottom of the 8th inning, but before he could even get a warmup pitch in, National’s manager Davey Johnson asked HP umpire Tim Tschida to check Peralta’s glove for illegal substances. Apparently Tschida found some pine tar inside Peralta’s glove, because he ejected him from the game.

Jake McGee came in to replace Peralta and retired the side in order, thanks in part to some nifty defense from Drew Sutton. After the Rays failed to pad their lead in the top of the 9th inning, Fernando Rodney pitched a perfect inning, picking up his 20th save in the process.

The Rays play the Nationals again tomorrow night at 7:05 ET, with Chris Archer starting for the Rays, making his ML debut in place of the injured Jeremy Hellickson, going against Stephen Strasburg (8-1, 2.45 ERA).

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