Shields goes distance in Rays’ 8-0 win
James Shields pitched a three-hitter, B.J. Upton drove in two
runs and the Tampa Bay Rays broke out of their prolonged offensive
slump to beat the Oakland Athletics 8-0 on Tuesday night.
Sam Fuld had three hits, Upton added two and six different
players drove in runs for the Rays. Tampa Bay went into the game
last in the majors in hitting and had scored only nine runs in its
previous four games before knocking A’s starter Tommy Milone around
for two runs in the second and three in the fifth.
That was all Shields (9-7) needed to secure his seventh career
He gave up a one-out single to Chris Carter in the second, a
leadoff single to Jemile Weeks in the fourth and a two-out single
to George Kottaras in the eighth.