Rays shut out Angels behind Price for 7-0 win
David Price pitched three-hit ball over seven innings for his
AL-leading 16th victory and the Tampa Bay Rays got home runs from
Evan Longoria, B.J. Upton and Ben Zobrist in a 7-0 victory over the
Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night.
Burke Badenhop and Wade Davis each worked one inning in the
Rays’ third straight shutout against the Angels. The Halos have
gone 32 consecutive innings without scoring against a staff that
leads the AL in ERA, opponents’ batting average and strikeouts.
Price (16-4) struck out eight, walked two and lowered his ERA to
2.39, third in the AL behind the Angels’ Jered Weaver and Detroit’s
Justin Verlander. The left-hander allowed only two runners to third
base in this one, striking out Chris Iannetta to end the fifth
inning and fanning Vernon Wells to escape the seventh.
Price is 7-0 with a 2.21 ERA over his last nine road starts, and
8-0 with a 1.72 ERA in his last 11 starts overall since a 9-1 home
loss to the New York Mets on June 13.
Dan Haren (8-10) threw 61 pitches in 3 1-3 innings and gave up
five runs on seven hits, including Zobrist’s 13th homer and Upton’s
14th. The right-hander has allowed at least one home run in a
career-worst 10 consecutive starts and 15 total during a streak
that began when the Colorado Rockies hit four against him on June 9
at Coors Field – all solo shots in Haren’s 11-5 victory. The last
time Haren didn’t give up a homer was June 3 against Texas.
The Rays, who lost 1-0 at Seattle Wednesday on a perfect game by
Felix Hernandez, had a streak of 34 consecutive batters retired in
order before Zobrist ended it with a one-out homer in the second
inning. He drove a 2-2 pitch into the first row of seats above the
18-foot wall in right-center, and Angels manager Mike Scioscia came
out to argue that a fan interfered with the ball. But the ruling by
second base ump Al Porter stood after a video review.
Upton triggered a four-run fourth with a drive into the left
field bullpen, one of six hits Haren surrendered during the inning.
Jeff Keppinger hit a two-run single and Ryan Roberts made it 5-0
with a sacrifice fly before Jose Molina chased Haren with a two-out
single. It was the second straight start in which the three-time
All-Star failed to get through the fourth inning.
Longoria increased the margin to 7-0 in the fifth with his fifth
homer of the season and his only once in 115 at-bats since coming
off the 60-day disabled list on Aug. 7. The Rays are 8-2 since his
return, after going 41-44 while he was sidelined with a partially
torn left hamstring.
NOTES: The last two times a pitcher threw a perfect game against
the Rays, they responded with an 8-4 stretch following Mark
Buehrle’s in 2009, and an 8-2 stretch following Dallas Braden’s in
2010. … Weaver gets a chance to tie Price again for the league
lead in wins on Friday night when he opposes James Shields. …
Haren has surrendered 22 homers in his 22 starts, two more than he
gave up last season in 34 starts. His only other outing against the
Rays this season was on July 27, when he beat them 3-1 at Angel
Stadium. … Tampa Bay’s starting pitchers are 11-2 with a 1.57 ERA
over the team’s last 18 games. … The Rays came in leading the
majors leading the AL with a .233 opponents’ batting average, after
doing so in each of the previous two seasons. The last club to
accomplish a three-peat in that department was Detroit (1983-85).
… Tampa Bay’s bullpen has a 0.88 ERA over the last 26 games,
compared to a 5.90 ERA by the Angels’ bullpen during that same
stretch. … Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon, who was Scioscia’s
former bench coach in Anaheim, has 559 wins with the Rays during
the regular season – 41 more than the franchise had in its eight
seasons before he got the job in 2006.