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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

Jul 26, 2014, 8:55 AM EDT

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Maybe it’s time we stop talking about the Rays as sellers? Just a thought.

The Rays rolled to their eighth straight win last night with a 6-4 victory over the Red Sox at Tropicana Field. The game featured a great pitching matchup between David Price and Jon Lester, two names who have surfaced in trade rumors in recent weeks. The Rays actually trailed in this one until they rallied against Boston’s bullpen in the seventh inning. Ben Zobrist tied things up with an RBI single before Evan Longoria delivered a bases-clearing double down the left field line to put the Rays in front for good.

Price allowed three runs over eight innings and struck out 10 batters. He has now gone at least eight innings in eight out of his last nine starts.

On the strength of their recent hot streak, the Rays are now 50-53 for the year. This is the closest they have been to .500 since early May. They currently sit 7 1/2 games back of the first-place Orioles in the American League East and 4 1/2 back for one of the Wild Card spots.

Your Friday box scores:

Red Sox 4, Rays 6

Cardinals 6, Cubs 7

Blue Jays 4, Yankees 6

Diamondbacks 5, Phillies 9

Athletics 1, Rangers 4

Nationals 4, Reds 1

Indians 4, Royals 6

Padres 5, Braves 2

Marlins 2, Astros 0

White Sox 9, Twins 5

Mets 3, Brewers 2

Pirates 1, Rockies 8

Tigers 1, Angels 2

Dodgers 8, Giants 1

Orioles 2, Mariners 1 (10 innings)

  1. chill1184 - Jul 26, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Another solid start from Wheeler last night despite so many clowns calling him a bust and of course Dude smashing baseball’s continues to show that Alderson kept the right 1B

  2. proudlycanadian - Jul 26, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    History was against the Jays last night. Neither they or Buehrle have won in Yankee Stadium since hell froze over. It is time for Jobu to give them a break.

    • bronxbomber213 - Jul 26, 2014 at 9:50 AM

      It must be the history I was thinking that last night would be the ice breaker for the Jays so to speak in the Bronx but when the little imp is dropping fly balls in the right field seats it’s clear some other powers are at work!

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 26, 2014 at 9:57 AM

        I am hoping that Capuano is the antidote to the Jays recent troubles in the Bronx.

    • tmc602014 - Jul 26, 2014 at 10:18 PM

      Thumbs up for Jobu!

  3. johnnysoda - Jul 26, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    And That Happened: Friday Edition

    Angels 2, Tigers 1- Drew Smyly started off strong, striking out seven out of the first nine batters he faced, and ultimately fanning eleven over 5 2/3 innings. Unfortunately, he also gave up two runs in the sixth inning, and his teammates failed to pick him up.
    By the way, if there was only one wild card, the Angels would be up in that race by seven games. As is, however, they are equal with the Yankees in that regard.

    Dodgers 8, Giants 1- Great night for the Dodgers all around: Yasiel Puig had three triples, the team had five overall, and Zack Gerinke struck out four batters in one inning. The Giants, however, remain in first place in the NL West by a half-game.

    Yankees 6, Blue Jays 4- The Yankees saw Jose Bautista’s two home runs and raised him a Carlos Beltran shot and Ichiro Suzuki’s first home run of the year. The Yankees have won seven out of eight, while the Blue Jays have lost seventeen games in a row at Yankee Stadium.

    Rays 6, Red Sox 4- Boston carried a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh, but saw it fade away on a clutch Evan Longoria double in that inning. Tampa has now won eight games in a row and are only 4 1/2 games out of a wild card spot. David Price, who pitched very well on this night, is now starting to look less and less like trade bait.

    Phillies 9, Diamondbacks 5- Miguel Montero hit a grand slam in the sixth that cut the Philadelphia lead to 6-4, but the Phillies added a few more for insurance. Domonic Brown homered and knocked in three runs, while Grady Sizemore earned his 1,000th career hit.

    Cubs 7, Cardinals 6- There were five home runs hit in this game, but Luis Valbuena’s was the one that counted the most, as it gave the Cubs the lead in the seventh. Travis Wood also- you guessed it- helped his own cause with a solo blast in the fourth.

    Nationals 4, Reds 1- The Reds have completely fallen apart since the All-Star break, losing seven games in a row and falling to .500. Alfredo Simon, looking for his thirteenth win, was roughed up by the Nats (4.1 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K), who now lead the NL East by 2 1/2 games.

    Rangers 4, Athletics 1- The Rangers pull off a shocker, bringing them to a mere 21 games under .500. Oakland actually brought up the tying run to the plate in the ninth twice, but couldn’t capitalize.

    Orioles 2, Mariners 1- Standard story for Felix Hernandez: pitch great (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K), get a no-decision. In this case, the loss went to Charlie Furbush, who surrendered a home run to Chris Davis in the top of the tenth inning. Baltimore continues to hold a solid lead in the AL East.

    Padres 5, Braves 2- Tommy Medica had four hits to lead the charge of the Friars. Yangervis Solarte also had a hit and an RBI. After watching Brian Roberts drop an easy pop-up last night and do nothing in general for the Yankees, it almost makes you miss Solarte.

    Marlins 2, Astros 0- It was scoreless until the top of the seventh, when Jeff Mathis had a two-run double that put the Marlins on top for good. That backed a fine start from Brandon Hand (7.1 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K).

    Rockies 8, Pirates 1- We had a close game going until the seventh, when the Rockies abruptly erupted for seven runs. Josh Rutledge drove in four on the strength of two RBI doubles, and later scored on a Carlos Gonzalez home run. The Pirates loaded the bases in the top of the ninth, which is just mocking, as far as I’m concerned.

    Royals 6, Indians 4- No Indian spiked any baseballs, but it didn’t matter too much as the Royals take the first two of the series. Sal Perez led the hometown charge with three hits and two runs.

    Mets 3, Brewers 2- The Metropolitans trailed 2-0 going into the top of the ninth, but K-Rod blew the lead without even recording an out. Lucas Duda was the topper with a two-run, go-ahead, home run.

    White Sox 9, Twins 5- Jose Abreu extends his hitting streak to fifteen games with a three-run home run in the first. Alexei Ramirez and Tyler Flowers also homered in this one.

  4. wilmyers09 - Jul 26, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    johnnysoda score was 3-3 when longo got that bases clearing double

    • johnnysoda - Jul 26, 2014 at 9:35 AM

      Yeah, and Boston still had a 3-2 lead going into the bottom of the seventh. Ben Zobrist had a game-tying single preceding Longoria’s hit.

  5. Eutaw's Finest - Jul 26, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Great win by the O’s last night out west. 5-3 on this road trip against the 2 best records in baseball (A’s and Angles) and a team in Seattle who is no slouch either, and will continue their rough schedule when they come home with series against the Angels and Mariners again. Meanwhile the Yanks have caught fire against a fairly favorable schedule- struggling Cincy, 4 games against an abysmal Rangers team, home against the Jays who have lost some ungodly consecutive number of games in the Bronx, then those same abysmal Rangers again, followed by the cellar dweller BoSox.

    Not excusing anything here- you play who is on your schedule- but the O’s are facing an uphill battle into August despite having the lead. If they manage to maintain their lead on the ALE by the time September rolls around and their schedule gets MUCH easier? I think they can absolutely lock it up.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 26, 2014 at 11:17 AM

      Crush!

  6. indaburg - Jul 26, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    According the MLBN, there were 19 scouts in attendance for last night’s game at the Trop. That’s insane. I think they were just using their credentials to watch a good game.

    I still think the Rays are sellers, if the price is right, bad pun intended. The Orioles are not cooperating by playing well against some pretty good competition. Although the Rays are just 4.5 games out of the 2nd Wild Card and there’s a lot of baseball left, the Rays still have to climb over Cleveland, Kansas City, Seattle, Toronto, and the Yankees.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 26, 2014 at 10:00 AM

      Just 19? I thought that more than 19 teams were interested in Lester.

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jul 26, 2014 at 10:14 AM

      Speaking of scouts, this was weird to read last night:

      • tellyspop - Jul 26, 2014 at 11:04 AM

        Well really, it is certainly is understandable. All they do is watch baseball games.

      • goawaydog - Jul 26, 2014 at 2:24 PM

        East Coast bias

    • historiophiliac - Jul 26, 2014 at 11:05 AM

      There were 19 people at the Trop? Good for you, honey!

      • indaburg - Jul 26, 2014 at 12:08 PM

        I know, right?

  7. cabrera24 - Jul 26, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Ahhhh Miguel Montero didn’t hit a grand slam in the 6th. It was actually Alfredo Marte. Correct your self

  8. cabrera24 - Jul 26, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    Blue Jays desperately need a top of the line SP. What are they waiting for ?!?!?!?

  9. historiophiliac - Jul 26, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Kid Smyly with 11 strikeouts! 11! Smyly! It’s like he was channeling His Heterochromianess, or something. Wow. Also, Miggy went boom! and Aquaman struck out twice…again. It was a good game with some close plays. If we’d been a step faster on a couple….

    • paperlions - Jul 26, 2014 at 12:22 PM

      Was he wearing different colored contacts to enhance the effect?

      • historiophiliac - Jul 26, 2014 at 4:12 PM

        They should have a Scherzer night! Everyone wears dic-glasses or contacts.

    • clydeserra - Jul 26, 2014 at 2:06 PM

      please score more runs today and tomorrow.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 26, 2014 at 4:30 PM

        Yes, please.

  10. uyf1950 - Jul 26, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Yankees and Jays was not exactly a pitchers duel but Kuroda did settle down after the 1st inning. The important thing from this Yankees fans perspective is the Yankees won.

  11. APBA Guy - Jul 26, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    A’s left a lot of guys on base in the first two innings, then got nothing going until the 9th. Texas walked nobody (until the 9th), which, given how patient the A’s are, was something of a miracle. And miracles don’t happen that often.

    • clydeserra - Jul 26, 2014 at 2:09 PM

      very frustrating game. Like why bench both centerfielders when they are both available? cost the a’s one tow or three runs depending on how you look at it.

      But its hard to be mad when Jerome Williams get the win. Good for him and his mom honoring glove.

    • clydeserra - Jul 26, 2014 at 2:10 PM

      and what is up with hammel? He lowered his A’s ERA to 7 something. disappointing.

  12. goawaydog - Jul 26, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    The Giants…. Never mind, I got nuthin

    • gloccamorra - Jul 26, 2014 at 6:02 PM

      Aw, come on – it’s the patented Bochy Gambit. Every once in awhile the Giants give one to the Dodgers, who then get swelled heads. It’s always been their downfall.

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