After a very disappointing first half of September, the Rays have put together a much-needed winning streak which has now reached seven games.
They got another good outing from their starting pitching Wednesday night at Fenway Park, this time from Alex Cobb, who hurled five innings of one-run ball. He did well keeping Boston's bats quiet, but again couldn't find efficiency as walks killed him and didn't allow him to go deep into the ballgame.
Following pregame ceremonies of the 2004 Red Sox team, Boston got the scoring underway in the bottom of the second with a Daniel Nava RBI single.
Then in the fifth the Rays finally got to Jon Lester, as Carlos Pena blasted a two-run homer to center field to make it a 2-1 ballgame.
The next batter was Ben Francisco, who did the same except this time over the Green Monstah.
With Kyle Farnsworth now in the game (bottom of the sixth), a James Loney sacrifice fly cut the Rays' lead to just one.
They would get that run right back in the seventh, however, as Jose Lobaton's RBI double extended the Rays' lead to 4-2.
Fernando Rodney came into the ninth to pick up his 45th save, which ties Rafael Soriano for the single-season franchise record. It was also the single-season record-tying sixth save against the Red Sox.
The Rays are now 85-70 as they keep winning, but remain 3 games out of a Wild Card spot as Oakland and Baltimore continue their winning ways as well.
Notable Stat Lines:
- Alex Cobb (W,10-9): 3 H, 1 ER, 5 K, 3 BB through 5.0 IP
- B. Zobrist: 2-4,
- J. Keppinger: 2-4, 2 R (14-26 in past 7 games)
- C. Pena: 2-4, HR, R, 2 RBI
- B. Francisco: 1-3, HR, R, RBI
Rays News and Notes:
- Jose Molina is still sore after hurting his right quad in Tuesday's game. He's listed day-to-day, and could possibly play soon, but could also possibly miss the rest of the regular season.
- Sam Fuld (hamstring), who has been out since Sep. 16, was avaliable to pinch-hit and should return to action this weekend.
- The Houston Astros decided not to hire bench coach Dave Martinez and went with Bo Porter instead.
- Jamal Wilburg, writer at RaysDigest.com and a Rays featured columnist at BleacherReport talked Rays baseball on his latest show earlier this week.
- The Rays had some fun with their rookies yesterday...just watch: