The Rays pitching staff was just a bit better than the Giants’.
The Tampa Bay Rays (66-45) manage to hold on with their bullpen to beat the visiting San Francisco Giants (49-61) by a final of 4-3.
The Rays’ pen only allowed one hit to Giants in the 8th after they took over for Rays starter Roberto Hernandez with two outs in the 5th. The one hit allowed by the pen in the 8th was a double by Giants outfielder Hunter Pence coming off of Rays reliever Joel Peralta. However, Giants rookie outfielder Roger Kieschnick failed to get Pence in lining out to right to end the side.
“The guys are fantastic,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said. “The bullpen, they’re going to be the best in the American League. I think they’re close to that right now. A lot of good stuff out of the bullpen.”
It seemed that things might go the Giants way seeing how the top of the 1st went. Giants catcher Buster Posey hit an RBI single to center to give the Giants a one-run lead.
But the Rays were given a jolt by rookie outfielder Wil Myers who homered off of Guillermo Moscoso in the bottom of the 1st with a runner on base. That gave the Rays a 2-1 lead at the time. It was Myers’ only hit of the night in two at-bats having walked twice.
After Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford hit a two-run triple in the 4th to give San Francisco the lead, Evan Longoria would single to left in the bottom of the 5th allowing Sam Fuld to score from 2nd to tie the game at 3-3. It was Longoria’s first hit since July 29th.
Moscoso, who allowed Longoria’s single, would then walk Wil Myers and leave the game having thrown 93 pitches in 4 2/3 innings. He allowed three earned runs in his first start of the year.
Tampa would then take the lead for good in the 6th inning. With two outs and Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar on 2nd, Rays outfielder Sam Fuld would get his only hit of the game singling to right allowing Escobar to score.
The Tampa Bay bullpen would then hold on to win with 36 year old closer Fernando Rodney pitching the 9th for a 1-2-3 inning and his 27th save of the season.
The opener of this series on Friday night did go the Giants way as they had a 4-1 victory. Madison Bumgarner (W, 11-6) allowed just one run in seven innings while recoridng 11 strikeouts.
Meanwhile, the two Brandons (Belt and Crawford) provided enough offense for the Orange and Black. Belt would homer in the 5th to tie the game at 1-1 and then hit an RBI triple in the 7th to grab the lead. Crawford would then bring in Belt and himself on a two-run shot to make a three-run ballgame.
It was a case of two Cy Young winners of the past dueling in game two. The Giants Tim Lincecum and the Rays David Price only allowed one run apiece in the 3rd inning only for both starters to receive a no decision.
The game went into the 10th where Giants reliever Jean Machi would walk three batters in a row (one intentional) to load the bases with no outs. Rookie Wil Myers shined in that situation as well hitting a walk off single to left off of Machi to give the Rays a 2-1 win on Saturday.
The Giants now come home to face the visiting Milwaukee Brewers (47-64) in a four-game series. San Francisco’s probables are Chad Gaudin (5-2), Matt Cain (7-6), Madison Bumgarner (11-6), and Tim Lincecum (5-11). Milwaukee’s probables are Tyler Thornburg (1-0), Wily Peralta (7-11), Tom Gorzelanny (2-4), and Donovan Hand (0-3).
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Written by Daniel Trucios