The Rays have played good baseball lately (since Longoria has returned), and the sad part is that their record could be even better if it wasn't for late errors. Last week in Seattle the Rays lost a game because of a costly error, and tonight they did the same against the Royals in another extremely frustrating loss. If it weren't for that stupid error and the one we witnessed tonight, the Rays could very likely be only two games out of the division.
David Price took the mound for the Rays, and delivered another terrific start. Unfortunately Luke Hochevar was equally as good for Kansas City; both starters tossed eight scoreless innings
There were only four hits in the first eight innings of this ballgame, one allowed by Hochevar and three allowed by Price.
Evan Longoria made his first start at third base since being activated off the DL, an anticipated move with Luke Scott returning to the lineup for this game. Longo had two balls come his way Tuesday night and made both plays, which including a nice leaping catch. Fortunately health didn't seem to be an issue at any point.
Now to the top the top of the tenth. Joel Peralta was in the game for the Rays, and after retiring the first two batters Jeff Francoeur was the only thing standing in the way of another Rays victory. Francoeur got to Peralta for an infield single, which shortstop Ben Zobrist knew would have been a pretty close play.
Unfortunately, Zobrist's throw was so far off that it went past Pena and allowed Francoeur to reach second. Next up was Eric Hosmer, who made Zobrist regret his poor decision with a lucky bloop single that managed to land shallow enough in the outfield for a base hit. There are very few worse ways to lose than to lose by an error and a bloop when there's two outs and nobody on.
The Rays are now 68-55 on the season. They remain four games behind the Yankees and alone in the top Wild Card spot.
Notable Stat Lines
- David Price: 8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K. ERA now 2.28 (MLB's best)
- Luke Hochevar: 8 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 10 K
- Matt Joyce: 1-3, BB
- Luke Scott: 1-4, 2B
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Rays News and Notes
- Sean Rodriguez was optioned down to Triple-A Durham to make room for Luke Scott on the roster.
- Tomorrow the Rays wrap up the series with Kansas City. It will be James Shields (11-7, 4.03 ERA) vs. Luis Mendoza (7-8, 4.26 ERA) for the rubber match; first pitch is at 1:10.