Game 84: Rays Offense Explodes In Victory

By David Hill

Through the first 83 games of the season, the Rays have scored 10 or more runs only three times. As a team, they rank 10th in the American League in runs scored. Yet, for one night, the offense exploded in a 10-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians.

B.J. Upton had three hits with two runs scored, an RBI, and a walk, and four other players had two hits each on the night. Luke Scott even joined in the offensive explosion, snapping a team record 0-41 streak with a two run home run in a six run fifth inning. ben Zobrist drove in three runs, including a two run home run in the top of the first.

Rays starter Alex Cobb survived a shaky start to the night to last six innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four batters. Meanwhile, Indians starter Justin Masterson was torched, surrendering eight earned runs on nine hits and four walks in 4.1 innings. Masterson did strike out seven batters, but also gave up two home runs.

Jose Lobaton snapped his own 1-18 slump with a two run single in the third, and ended the night with two hits in four at bats with a walk.

Game Notes: Luke Scott came within five at bats of the major league record for most consecutive at bats without a hit, held by Eugenio Veles. In the Rays last eleven games before tonight, they scored a total of 32 runs.