The Rays' bats stayed red hot Saturday night, this time in comeback fashion.
Alex Cobb was on the mound for the Rays and had a horrendous outing, ending his streak of quality starts. He struggled mightily right from the get-go, allowing a homer to the first batter he faced and ending his evening with eight earned runs through just 2 2/3 innings pitched.
Down 8-0, the Rays didn't get on the board until the fifth inning, but did so in a huge way. A Sam Fuld RBI single made it a 8-1 ballgame, and then a bases loaded walk made it 8-2.
Then with the bases still loaded and two outs, Ben Zobrist came through with a game-changing base-clearing double to cut the deficit to just three runs. Evan Longoria followed with a two-run homer to right field to cut the Angels' lead to one.
That would be the end of C.J. Wilson's night, who imploded for a seven-run fifth inning after four scoreless frames.
In the sixth, the Rays tied up the ballgame with a Jose Lobaton sac fly to complete the historic comeback.
The Rays then took the lead in the eighth when Carlos Pena blasted a pinch-hit two-run shot to give them a 10-8 lead.
That's all Fernando Rodney would need to close out the game in the ninth. He notched his 38th save, capping off another tremendous performance by the Rays' bullpen.
The 'pen was really the reason the Rays were able to win this one and pull of such a comeback. A combined effort from six of the the seven relievers threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings.
The Rays' offense to continues to be stunningly good in this series, which was a series that the Rays were actually expected to score very few runs. The Rays have faced Dan Haren, Jared Weaver and C.J. Wilson in order so far in this four-game set, and have shockingly enjoyed their best offensive series of the entire year. They've scored a combined 27 runs in the three games, putting up at least seven runs per game.
Tampa Bay improves to 66-54 on the season, and now trail by five games in the division. They remain tied with Baltimore for the top Wild Card spot.
Notable Stat Lines:
- Alex Cobb: 12 H, 8 ER, 0 BB, K through 2.2 IP
- B. Zobrist: 1-5, R, 3 RBI
- E. Longoria: 1-4, HR, R, 2 RBI, BB
- C. Pena: 1-1, HR, R, 2 RBI
- R. Roberts: 2-4, R
- S. Fuld: 2-3, R, RBI, BB
- Rays' bullpen: 3 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K through 6.1 IP
Rays News and Notes:
- This comeback matches the Rays' franchise record for largest comeback (8 runs).
- The Angels celebrated their 2002 World Series title before the game Saturday, honoring both Joe Maddon and Jose Molina, who were members of that championship team.
- Luke Scott (oblique) took Saturday off and will make likely his final rehab start Sunday before returning to the Rays. He's expected to be activated off the DL and play again either this Monday or Tuesday. Sean Rodriguez is expected to be demoted.
- Bad news from the farm: Top prospect Hak-Ju Lee has been placed on the DL with an oblique strain, which could likely sideline him for the rest of the season.
- Catcher Robinson Chirinos—who has been on the DL since spring training with a concussion—has resumed baseball activities.
- The Rays go for the four-game sweep today at 3:35 ET. Matt Moore (9-7, 3.60) will try to stay on a roll against Zack Greinke (10-4. 3.81).