Twenty-one innings. That's how long it's been since the Rays have scored a single run.
David Price took the mound today seeking his MLB-best 15th, and was clearly on his A-game Sunday afternoon. One run was all that was needed for Price to reach the 15-win mark and for the Rays to win their fourth consecutive series, but the struggling lineup could not do so against Miguel Gonzalez and the Orioles.
Gonzalez tossed seven scoreless innings while just allowing to hits, and Price pitched eight with just two hits allowed as well.
Let's jump to extra innings, which followed nine innings of scoreless baseball that included a combined total of 26 men left on base (14 of them Rays). Joel Peralta—the Rays' second reliever used after Fernando Rodney—entered the game to keep it scoreless.
After walking a batter earlier in the inning, Peralta faced Taylor Teagarden—who at the time was hitting .074 with 2 RBI—with two outs and two strikes. After a long and pesky battle, Teagarden got the best of Peralta and poked a game-winning double into the left-center gap.
The game then proceeded to the bottom half of the inning, where closer Jim Johnson made quick work of the Rays in order to secure his team the win and end an absolute heartbreaker for the Rays at the Trop.
Notable Stat Lines:
- D. Price: 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K through 8.0 IP. ERA now 2.49.
- Rays with RISP: 0-6
Rays News and Notes:
- Ben Zobrist exited the game in the third due to upper back spasms.
- The Rays begin a three-game set with Toronto Tuesday following an off-day tomorrow. James Shields (9-7, 4.24) will take on Carlos Villanueva (6-1, 3.19); first pitch 7:10 at the Trop.