Game 134: David Price Wins 17th As Offense Explodes

By David Hill

The Tampa Bay Rays offense, which had been MIA for much of the past week, resurfaced as the Rays defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 9-4.

After scoring a run in the first, Tampa exploded for six runs in the second, sending seven batters to the plate before a single out was recorded. Ben Francisco led off the inning with a home run in his first start for the Rays, and Ben Zobrist hit a two run bases loaded single to highlight the scoring. The Rays scored single runs in the third and fourth inning, with Francisco driving in another run on a ground rule double.

David Price worked out of trouble until the seventh, when the Blue Jays loaded loaded the bases one out. A sacrifice fly drove in one run, and an infield hit to the mound by Adam Lind drove in a second run, cutting the lead to 9-2. Price exited after the single, ending with 6.2 innings of work, giving up two runs on six hits, four walks, and a hit batter, while notching seven strikeouts. The Blue Jays added two more runs in the ninth as Edwin Encarnacion homered, but the Rays held on for the 9-4 victory.

Ricky Romero was shelled in his inning plus of work, giving up seven runs on eight hits and a walk. Desmond Jennings finished 3-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Four Rays had two hits each.

The victory leads the Rays 3.5 games behind the New York Yankees, as a pivotal three game series with the Yankees begins on Monday.