The Tampa Bay Rays (21-15) ended the Cleveland Indians' (23-12) home winning streak on Wednesday night, pummeling the Tribe in an 8-2 win. David Price (5-3) pitched 8 strong innings, maintaining a perfect game through the first 4 while striking out 7 and walking none. For the Indians, Carlos Carrasco (1-2) struggled mightily in his first game back from the DL. He walked 3 batters and allowed 6 hits for 4 runs in only 5 innings of work.
The Rays scored early, pushing a runner across on a 2nd inning double from Sam Fuld and then 3 more runs in the 4th. With Price controlling all his pitches and both sides of the plate, the game nearly felt over by the 5th inning.
The Tribe was eventually able to pry 2 runs off a tired Price in the 8th inning, but by the bottom of the Rays had already built an unsurmountable 8-2 lead. Rob Delaney pitched a quiet and quick 9th inning, and the Rays took their 21st win. They have one more game in Cleveland before returning to Tropicana Field on Friday.
Notes from the game:
- Evan Longoria took a pitch off his upper-back, near the armpit. The beaning looked painful as he jumped in the air and laid still on the ground for a few moments. Fortunately, he finished the game and did not appear to suffer any ill effects from the hit.
- Ben Zobrist hit his 8th home run, a towering blast to the right field bleachers. In the next inning, Matt Joyce did the same, hitting his 5th homer. Both Zobrist and Joyce have been displaying a potent blend of power and patience and continue to be major cogs in the Rays 2011 offense.
- Sam Fuld broke out of his mini-slump, going 3 for 4 with a double and a steal. He also made some decent plays in the outfield, including a quick throw on an Asdrubal Cabrera double that nearly had the Indians shortstop out at second.