Taylor Teagarden had been in a 1-25 slump before the 10th inning. Then he broke out in a big way.
Joel Peralta walked Mark Reynolds with one out in the tenth, then struck out Omar Quintanilla to bring up Teagarden. Teagarden then hit a 3-2 pitch to deep left, scoring Reynolds with the eventual winning run. Jim Johnson pitched a perfect bottom of the tenth to preserve the victory. Peralta took the loss, allowing an earned run on one hit and one walk, with one strikeout in his one inning of work.
David Price had an excellent start for the Rays, pitching eight innings of two hit ball, walking three while striking out five batters. Miguel Gonzalez matched Price almost pitch for pitch, firing seven innings of two hit ball, walking four with four strikeouts.
The Rays best chance to score came in the bottom of the ninth. Matthew Joyce had an infield single, marking only the second time the Rays had put the leadoff man on. A sacrifice bunt moved Joyce to second. Jeff Keppinger ended up at second on a fielder’s choice, as Joyce was tagged out going to third. After an intentional walk to Carlos Pena, Ryan Roberts struck out to end the frame.
With the win, Baltimore now finds themselves in sole possession of second in the AL East.
Game Notes: Ben Zobrist left the game after the third inning due to back spasms. The injury is not thought to be serious. The Rays held their first ‘Bark In The Park’ today, with approximately 450 dogs in attendance.